Tupelo sweeps state swim titles

golden_wave_tupelo_boys_varsity_baseball_spring_12-13By Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

CLEVELAND – The domination continues.

Tupelo’s boys and girls teams captured the MHSAA Class II State Swim Championships on Saturday at Delta State University.

The Golden Wave boys won their seven straight state championship while the girls won their third consecutive state crown in the pool. The wins give the program 21 state swim titles overall – nine boys, 11 girls and one combined in 1995.

Tupelo’s boys finished with 110 team points to outdistance Oxford with 72 and the field. The Lady Wave scored 101 points for a 21-point win against Madison Central. In Class I, St. Andrews won the girls and Madison St. Joseph the boys.

“This is the best because it’s my last one,” Tupelo senior Connor Anderson, wearing four medals around his neck. “I went out on top. We thought it would be really close and we came in here and smacked it.”

Anderson gave the Golden Wave wins in the 100 butterfly with a 52.73 clocking and the 100 freestyle in 47.59.

Tupelo’s boys 200 medley relay unit of Anderson, Grant Thompson, Michael Ray, Jarett Estess beat North state champion Oxford with a clocking of 1:39.86. Ray, a senior, gave the Golden Wave the lead on the third leg in the butterfly.

Ray also won the boys 50 freestyle in 21.87 seconds. “I was third as sophomore and second as a junior,” he said. “I was pumped. I knew I could go fast.”

Anderson and Ray joined Jarett Estess and Chandler Craig to win the boys 200 free relay for Tupelo in a state-record time of 1:27.70.

The Lady Wave unit of Cris Roberts, Chelsie Gray, Mattie Hughes, Lauren Bean won the girls 200 medley relay in 1:52.53.

Record-setters

Roberts, a junior, won the girls 100 butterfly with a clocking of 57.27 seconds. She also won the 100 backstroke with a 58.98 time. Both were Class II records.

“I knew I was fast this morning (in the preliminaries),” Roberts said. “I was so much faster in the finals with my team cheering for me.”

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