Clover swim team well represented at state meet

genegraham@comporium.netOctober 1, 2013 

— The Clover swim team will be well represented Saturday in Columbia following last week’s Region 3-AAAA swim meet at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center.

The top three finishers in each event earned all-region honors and advanced to Saturday’s state meet.

Junior Morgan Rulevich led the way for Blue Eagle swimmers, with two first-place finishes in the girls’ events.

Rulevich, who holds the team record in the 100 breast stroke, won the event in the region meet at 1:06.72. She also placed first in the 50 freestyle at 24.48.

Senior swimmer John Slavens finished in at a first-place tie in the 100 breast stroke at 1:00.02 for the boys’ team. He also finished second in the 200 individual medley at 2:04.50.

“When you have two swimmers like Morgan and John setting the pace, it makes the other swimmers better,” said Coach Joan Epping. “It makes them work harder to improve their times.”

Epping also lauded freshman Nathaniel Hartley for a first- and second-place finish in the boys’ competition.

Hartley placed first in the 100 butterfly with a 56.21 clocking and second in the back stroke at 55.41.

The Clover boys’ swim team placed first in the 400 freestyle relay with a 3:24.66 time and second in the 200 medley relay at 1:45.62.

Other girls’ swimmers qualifying for state competition are Anna Pettus and Kelcey Hines.

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