Girls' Swim Team Claims State Championship

The Spartanburg Day School Varsity Girls’ Swim Team captured the SCISA 2A state championship Saturday with a dominating performance in the water. The team scored a collective 202 points at the meet, held at the North Charleston Aquatics Center. The team last secured the title in 2017 after five consecutive years as state champions.

High point scorers were junior Emily Grace Cobourn and sophomore Camrynn Wilson with 28 points each. Both girls finished first in every event they swam and, with sophomores Maddie Becker and Vivian Gilman, were part of the 400 freestyle team that broke the school record that has stood since 2014. Emily had personal best times in both of her individual events. Also contributing to the win were eighth graders Grace Becker, Bella Hanna and Hailee Roberts and seventh grader Mary Franklin Gilman.

This was the sixth state championship win for Coach Ashli Gaines-Phillips, who coaches both the varsity girls’ and varsity boys’ teams.

“Each of the girls approached this season with a commitment and dedication like no other,” Gaines-Phillips said. “This year’s state meet was one of the most exciting events I’ve ever coached. Our swimmers were resilient, encouraging of each other and proved themselves as champions both in and out of the pool. I am incredibly proud of their hard work and dedication, individually and as a team.”