Rani Greer Breaks Two Records at Mississippi Class 1 State Championships

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The Mississippi Class 1 State Championships took place on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Tupelo Aquatic Center. A total of four Class 1 records were broken, including two individual ones from Pontotoc High School’s Rani Greer.

After finishing second in the team standings last year, Saint Andrews Episcopal School girls won the State title this year while  Joseph Catholic School defeated the defending champions on the boys’ side.

Click here for full Class 1 final results.

Click here for Class 1 final team scores.

Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Saint Andrews Episcopal School – 109
2. Our Lady Academy – 96
2. St. Joseph Catholic School – 96
4. Vancleave High School – 86
5. Itawamba High School – 30

Saint Andrews’ Emily Herrington, Bess Ketner, Lauren Balfour and Meredith Boles began the meet with a win in the 4×50 medley relay, stopping the clock in 2:02.53. Balfour later snuck under the minute mark to defend her 100 fly title in 59.88 and was victorious in the 100 back (1:00.13) as well.

Vancleave’s Cait Chandler dominated the 200 free, winning by ten seconds in 1:58.89 as the only swimmer to crack the two-minute barrier. She also won the 100 free by four seconds in 54.61.

Chandler, along with Bethany Wallace, Kaley Davis and Kendall Chandler, combined to win both the 4×50 free relay (1:45.54) and 4×100 free relay (3:52.87). Saint Andrews’ Sarah Bradford Seawright dropped over 12 seconds from her prelims time to earn the 500 free State title in 5:43.44 and Itawamba’s Eliza Johnson sprinted the 50 free title in a final time of 25.72.

Greer cruised to first in the 200 IM, winning in 2:10.42 by a 12-second margin. After breaking the Class 1 record during prelims, she swam even faster at night to put her name in the record book. She also won the 100 breast in 1:07.24 – ten seconds ahead of the runner-up – for her second Class 1 record of the day. Both records were previously owned by Carly Good set back in 2012.

Boys Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. St. Joseph Catholic School – 137
2. Saint Andrews Episcopal School – 101
3. Saint Stanislaus – 97
4. St. Patrick Catholic – 77
5. Vancleave High School – 32

St. Joseph’s Catholic’s Kenny Thomas, Gabe Blaylock, Jacob Harkins and JC Dorroh began their winning ways by taking first in the 4×50 medley relay (1:43.45). Soon after, Dorroh was back in the water to win the 200 free (1:52.55) by five seconds and later won the 500 free in 4:57.84 as the only swimmer in the field under five minutes to successfully defend his titles in both events.

Thomas also flew to first in the 100 fly by three seconds to win in 52.21 and won the 100 back (52.75) by five seconds and St. Patrick’s Christian McKee knocked off seven seconds from his morning swim to win the 200 IM in 2:05.05 for the second-straight year.

Saint Stanislaus’ Alexander Fuller sprinted to first in the 50 free in 23.35 for his second State title, getting his hand to the wall just ahead of runner-up Jackson VanMeter’s 23.55. John Prikasky gave Saint Stanislaus another sprint victory by winning the 100 free in 51.06, as did Alden Macomber in the 100 breast (1:03.42) to defend that title.

St. Joseph’s Catholic’s Harkins, David WarnockCovey Lockhart and Jack Clements won the 4×50 free relay in 1:35.28 and Dorroh, Warnock, Clements and Thomas concluded the meet with a win in the 4×100 free relay (3:22.65). Both freestyle relays set new Class 1 records.

3 comments

  1. Reena Kilgore Greer

    My kid!
    This was her schools first ever swim team.

  2. avatar
    Sue Greer

    Big Congratulations to Pontotoc High School first Swim team season.
    Happy Community with team. Two records broken by team member Rani Greer.

  3. avatar
    Sue Greer

    Congratulations to Pontotoc High School Swim team.
    Great job with record breaking results.