Claire Holliday wins State title in swimming


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Stallion senior, Claire Holliday won the 100-yard backstroke event at the AAA State Swim Finals this past Saturday, held at the University of South Carolina’s natatorium.

Immediately after the race, Holliday said she was unsure if she had won. She then looked up at the score board and saw her name by the number one. “It was one of the best feelings in the world,” she said.

Holliday has been swimming for the Stallions since her seventh grade season, so this title is greatly deserved. Not to mention, she missed her ninth grade season due to surgery on her back, for severe scoliosis. Her comeback since then has been miraculous, as she came back better than ever.

She said that her back surgery made her more motivated to become a stronger swimmer.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Holliday not only won a state title but also broke the South Pointe school record for the fastest time in this event. She also broke the school record for fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle.

Holliday finished the season undefeated in the event and earned an individual state championship and All-State Team Honors.

Holliday standing on the first place podium at the State Championships.

Holliday standing on the first place podium at the State Championships. (Photo contributed by Claire Holliday)

Holliday was also named to the All-State and All-Region swim teams this season. She is considering continuing her swimming career in college and this state title certainly gives her an edge.

Boys’ swimming places at state

The boys 200-yard Freestyle Relay of Michael Ellenburg, Gannon Cline, Brett Barber, and Maurilio Saddoud made school history, becoming the first men to podium at a state finals event. The Stallion men placed third overall and earned All-State Honors in the process, while breaking a school record.

Freshman Michael Ellenburg broke school records in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke on Saturday.

Maurilio Saddoud also broke a school record in the 100-yard butterfly.

The men's relay team takes a selfie after being awarded their third place medals at State.

The men’s relay team takes a selfie after being awarded their third place medals at State. (Photo contributed by Gannon Cline)

By Summer Huechtker, editor in chief