JACKSON – Connor Anderson knows his high school swimming career is winding down.
That’s one reason the Tupelo senior recorded his season-best times in Saturday’s MHSAA Class 2 North Mississippi Swim Championships at the Courthouse pool.
His other reason? “Our season is coming down to the end,” he said. “I want to come out on top.”
Anderson’s wins in the 100-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly helped lead the Golden Wave to a 20-point win – 130 to 110 – over Oxford in an 11-team field. Next weekend at Delta State, Anderson and Tupelo will attempt to win the program’s seventh consecutive state championship in the pool.
Anderson swam a 49.34 in the 100 free and a 54.45 in the 100 butterfly. He also competed on the winning 200 free relay with Jarett Estess, Chandler Craig and Michael Ray that won in 1:32.47.
“These times were my best of the season, but I hope to get my best times at the state meet,” Anderson said.
Wave girls win
The Tupelo girls team, a two-time defending state champion, captured the North Class 2 girls title by 40 points against Madison Central in a 10-team field.
The Lady Wave won the 400 free, 200 free and 200 medley relays with Cris Roberts, Chelsie Gray, Mattie Hughes, Lauren Bean, Walker Fortenberry, Taylor Greer in the water.
“I thought our girls and boys swam OK … nothing to brag about,” Tupelo coach Lucas Smith said. “We’ve got to get better. We’ve got a lot of little things to work on.
“I do think my swimmers tried hard. I liked their effort.”
In Class 1, Amory’s boys team, powered by individual wins from Walker Todd in the 100 free and 50 free, finished second overall to Madison St. Joseph, which captured the girls championship, too.
“I had a pretty good swim today,” said Todd, a junior. “Next week I plan to give them a run for their money.”
Ripley’s two-person team of Rachel Dees and Drew Sullivan went 4-for-4 in Class 1. Dees won the 50 free and 100 breast while Sullivan won the 200 free and 100 back.
“I wanted to go home with two first places,” said Sullivan, a freshman.
“I didn’t have my best times,” said Dees, a senior. “I know it’s going to be tough at state.”