Connor Anderson won four events Tuesday for Tupelo High in its season-opening swim meet at City Park pool, but he’s far from satisfied.
“We really need to continue to train a lot harder,” said the senior. “We’ve got a long way to go before we’re state champions.
“This was the first meet of the year; we’re just getting into the feel of things.”
Tupelo’s boys and girls teams – defending state champions – won the six-team meet. The boys totaled 218 points to beat Starkville (130), Amory (44), Tupelo Christian (28), Columbus (16) and Ripley (9). The girls scored 194 points to down
Starkville (142), Tupelo Christian (43), Amory (24), Ripley (16) and Mississippi School for Math and Science (14).
Anderson won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.03 seconds and 100-yard free style in 50.16 seconds. He joined Grant Thornton, Michael Ray and Jarrett Estess to capture the 200-yard medley relay. He also was on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay unit with Connor Chase, Chandler Craig and Donovan Crossen.
In the girls meet, Tupelo’s Cris Roberts, a junior, was a winner in four events. She captured the 100-yard fly in 1:01.67 and the 100 back in 1:05.41. She was on the winning 200 medley relay unit with Chelsie Gray, Mattie Hughes and Walker Fortenberry. She joined Fortenberry, Hughes and Taylor Greer on the winning 400 free relay.
“Just because we won state last year doesn’t mean anything now,” said Greer, a senior. “Starkville’s good and they proved it today.”
Hughes, an eighth grader, won the 500-yard free in 5:38.69. She was also the anchor on the 400 free relay.
“Mattie’s a young swimmer who competed hard today,” Tupelo coach Lucas Smith said. “We had some good swims today, but we’ve still got a lot of speed to gain.
“We need to find some intensity from somewhere in practice and when we compete.”