Getting right relay lineup key for Tupelo Golden Wave at state meet

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Tupelo High coach Lucas Smith may wait until Saturday – the day of the state swim meet – to determine the lineups for his boys relay teams.
“I know that’s bad to say, but I have no idea,” Smith said earlier in the week. “I may spread our swimmers around. I just don’t know where our best points will be.”
Smith’s Golden Wave boys team finished second to rival Madison Central two weeks ago in the North state meet. The Jaguars will be Tupelo’s top competition in Saturday’s MHSAA Class II Swim Championships at Delta State University in Cleveland.
Madison Central won the North meet with 124 points while Tupelo was second with 111.
“That’s a lot to make up,” Smith said. “It can be done.”
Smith knows that making the right decisions on relay personnel could prove beneficial in the points standings.
“I’m practicing everybody on all the relays this week,” he said.
Tupelo’s boys have won five consecutive state championships in the pool and six overall.
‘SWIM FASTER’
The Lady Wave, the defending girls state champion, has won two of the last three years and 10 overall since 1996. Tupelo won the North title by 42 points against rivals Oxford and Starkville.
“The girls are going to have to swim faster at state for us to win,” Smith said. “It’s going to be a lot closer than at North state.”
At the North meet, the Lady Wave’s Bailey Scott won the 50 free in 24.50 and the 100 free in 54.69 while Cris Roberts won the 100 fly in 1:01.05 and the back in 1:03.14.
For the Tupelo boys, Colton Fremont won the 100 fly in 55.48 and 200 IM in 2:03.99 at the North half.
Also, Tupelo Christian Prep’s Benjamin Jones won the 500 free at North state while Ripley’s Rachel Dees captured the 100 fly and 100 breast.
gene.phelps@journalinc.com