By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Two of Tupelo High School’s most-decorated swimmers – Bailey Scott and Colton Fremont – signed college scholarships on Wednesday.
Scott, who won 16 individual and relay state championships in the pool, signed with Alabama. Fremont, who captured 10 individual and relay state titles, signed with Delta State.
“Both of them are special to me, because I’ve coached them since they were 7 years old,” Tupelo coach Lucas Smith said. “Not only are they good swimmers, but they are leaders.”
Scott broke her own state record in the 50-yard freestyle at this year’s MHSAA state meet in Cleveland. She was also a member of the state championship-winning 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley relay units.
Tupelo’s girls team won three state titles during her career, including back-to-back crowns in 2011 and 2012.
“Bailey’s one of the state’s fastest swimmers in the sprint freestyle,” Smith said. “I think she’ll be able to compete on the D-I level as a freshman.”
Scott hopes signing with the Crimson Tide program will help her reach her full potential in the sport.
“I want to make the NCAAs as a freshman,” she said. “I want to focus on sprint freestyle there and maybe the butterfly and backstroke.”
Four titles this season
Fremont captured four state titles this season, winning the 200 individual medley in a state record time. He also won the 100 butterfly and was on the winning 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley relay units.
Tupelo won six state titles during Fremont’s career.
“There’s not an event he can’t swim,” Smith said. “He’s one of the most versatile swimmers I’ve coached.”
Fremont is looking forward to swimming year round in DSU’s aquatics center, considered one the top swim venues in NCAA D2.
“I know that being able to swim there will allow my true potential to come out,” he said.
“I’ll probably swim the IM in college, but I’ll do whatever they need.”