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A gold medal and three silvers are nothing to sneeze at as the old saying goes.
Rather, it’s something to be proud of over a two-year athletic career in the state meet.
Those are the honors Lancaster High School senior swimmer Jory Pettit posted in the last two Class AAAA state swim meets.
Pettit, as a junior, won the gold in the 50-yard freestyle and took the silver in the 100-yard freestyle.
This fall at the recent state meet at the University of South Carolina, Pettit garnered two silvers, one in the 50-yard freestyle and another in the 100-yard freestyle.
His times this fall were better than what he did at the 2011 state meet, but he just fell shy of the coveted gold in each event.
Pettit, in defending his 50-yard state freestyle crown, swam a person-best 20.89 to place a close second to Clover’s Garrett Hills, who was just a shade better in 20.83.
Pettit, a six-year member of the LHS swim team, won the 2011 50 freestyle in 21.47, so one can see the marked improvement. Then in the 100-meter freestyle this fall, where Pettit was the state runner-up in 2011, he posted a 46.50 effort to Hills’ 45.88.
In 2011, he swam a 47.57 to finish second in the 100 freestyle. Pettit gave his all.
“I felt like I gave it my best,” he said. “I didn’t win, but I wasn’t totally disappointed. I shaved a second off my 100-yard freestyle time and a half-second off my 50-yard freestyle time. I was excited about what I did.”
The Lancaster High swim coaches were just as elated.
“Jory worked really hard the weeks before on pacing himself to do the best he could do,” Bruins coach Marley Cole said. “Jory got out of the water with a huge smile on his face because he did his very best.”
LHS assistant coaches Midenna Anderson and David Taylor were equally proud of Pettit’s performance.
“He swam an excellent meet,” Anderson said. “He dropped times in both events with his personal bests. We are so proud of Jory.
“Jory has been a true asset to the LHS swim team,” she said.
A gold, three silvers and his best when it counted the most speak volumes about what Pettit has achieved. His quest for gold fell short this season, but there’s plenty to be proud about.
We salute his effort and what Pettit has achieved in two short seasons.