By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Three Tupelo High swimmers – Cris Roberts, Bailey Scott and Colton Fremont – won two events each Saturday in the MHSAA North Swim Championships in Ridgeland.
Roberts and Scott led the defending state champion Lady Wave to the Class II team championship. Tupelo’s boys, also the defending state champ, placed second.
“The girls did really well, about what we planned on,” Tupelo coach Lucas Smith said. “They’ll need to swim faster at state for us to win.”
The Lady Wave scored 128 points to outdistance Starkville and Oxford, who tied with 86 apiece.
Madison Central won the boys North title with 124 points to Tupelo’s 111. The Wave has won five straight state championships in the pool.
“Our boys did a good job, but there’s a lot of room for improvement,” Smith said. “Madison Central’s a good team and experienced. We’re young, but we’re going to state to win it.”
Scott won the 50 free in 24.50 and the 100 free in 54.69 while Roberts won the 100 fly in 1:01.05 and the back in 1:03.14.
Fremont won the 100 fly in 55.48 and 200 IM in 2:03.99.
Tupelo Christian Prep’s girls and boys teams recorded the program’s best finishes in Saturday’s North meet.
The Lady Eagles placed fourth overall while the boys placed fifth in the Class I competition. TCPS was the highest-placing 1A team.
Benjamin Jones won the 500 freestyle North state title.
Ripley junior Rachel Dees won the North 100 butterfly in 1:03.13 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.09. Her time in the breast was faster than the Class II winner’s.
“She’s a really good swimmer,” said Smith, who coaches Dees on the Shockwave year-round team. “She’s a trainer. She’s pretty good in everything.”
Ripley eighth grader Drew Sullivan finished second in the 200 free in 2:01.37.