Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Sweeps Mississippi High School Class I Swimming Titles

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TUPELO – The Saint Andrew’s Episcopal boys and girls swim teams swept the Mississippi High School Class I Swimming Championships Saturday at Tupelo High School. Eight Class I records and one MHSAA record fell during the meet.

The St. Andrew’s girls started off the meet on a winning note as Maggie Gleason, Carly Good, Alex Good and Hughes Walker topped the 200 medley relay in 1:54.09. St. Joseph Catholic’s Sophia Waddingham, Avery Nicholas, Emma Adkins and Ellie Smith touched second in 2:03.69, followed by Our Lady Academy’s Emily Hollingsworth, Catherine Colbert, Katy Hotard and Isabella Cottone in 2:04.75.

The St. Andrew’s boys relay matched the girls’ feat as Anthony Santangelo, Thatcher Shepard, Ben Hearon and Scott Kennedy posted a five second victory in 1:49.00. Connor Clark, Charlie Martin, Gabriel Riveros and Dixon Stone gave St. Aloysius a second place finish with their 1:54.87. Amory’s Brock Balducci, Will Corley, Walker Todd and Tucker Robbins rounded out the top three in 1:56.20.

Shortly after swimming fly on the winning St. Andrew’s medley relay, Alex Good returned to the pool to win the 200 free in a new Class I record of 1:54.58. Vancleave’s Cait Chandler finished a distant second in 2:03.53, while St. Joseph’s Sophia Waddingham rounded out the top three in 2:06.91. Amory’s Walker Todd took home the boys’ 200 free title in 1:51.33, a second and a half in front of Cleveland’s Will Baugh (1:52.86). Anthony Santangelo of St. Andrew’s came in third with a 1:53.55.

In the 200 IM, St. Andrew’s Carly Good just missed her own Class I record of 2:12.45 from 2012 with a 2:13.67. She still had plenty of cushion over the competition as Cathedral’s Mallory Dickey finished nine seconds back in 2:22.19. Cleveland’s Alex Smith swam a 2:23.35 to finish third. Jack Smithson of St. Andrew’s set a new MHSAA and Class I record in the boys’ 200 IM, touching in 1:56.25. That lowered Colton Fremont’s 2012 MHSAA record of 1:56.40, and Smithson’s own Class I record of 2:01.18 from last year. Cooper Clevenger of Itawamba Agricultural High finished 17 seconds behind in 2:13.34, while St. Stanislaus’ Boyd Housey rounded out the top three in 2:15.46.

Another Class I record went down in the girls’ 50 free, as St. Joe Greenville’s Emily Mansour rocketed to a 24.97 to erase NIijor May’s 2013 record of 25.06 from the books. May finished second in the final in 25.59, followed by St. Joe Greenville’s Jennifer Mansour in 25.82. Mississippi School of Math and Science’s Rhet Hailey topped the boys’ 50 free championship final in 22.95, with St. Stanislaus’ Peter Neto (23.69) and St. Aloysuis’ Dixon Stone (24.13) in second and third.

St. Andrew’s picked up another win in the girls’ 100 fly as Maggie Gleason stopped the clock in 1:00.88. Shelby Cox of Cleveland finished just over a second behind in 1:02.01, while Mississippi School of Math and Science’s Mary Madeline Lamarcus claimed third in 1:09.10. Jack Smithson of St. Andrew’s added another win and another record to his collection, posting a 51.86 in the 100 fly to lower his own Class I record of 53.41 from 2013. He just missed JT Jones’ MHSAA record of 51.75 from 2001. Walker Todd of Amory wound up second in 56.22, while Trevor Ishee of Northeast Jones tallied a third place effort with his 58.18.

Alex Good of St. Andrew’s tracked down her second individual state title in the 100 free, setting a new Class I record with a time of 52.60. That erased her own 53.15 from 2012 from the books and just missed Hannah Wilson’s 2009 MHSAA record of 52.28. St. Joe Greenville’s Emily Mansour, the 50 free state champ, finished second in 53.39, followed by 50 free runner-up Niijor May of St. Joseph Catholic (57.04). St. Joseph Catholic’s Jack Collins out-raced St. Stanislaus’ Peter Neto for the boys’ 100 free title, 51.67 to 51.94. Dixon Stone of St. Aloysius picked up another top-three finish with a 53.45 for third.

Vancleave’s Cait Chandler out-paced the field in the girls’ 500 free with a 5:35.36. St. Patrick’s Kathleen McMackin stayed in contact with a 5:42.50 for second, while St. Joseph’s Anna Chris Nicholas placed third in 6:00.08. St. Andrew’s Thatcher Shepard set a new Class I record in the boys’ 500 free, chopping eight seconds off Zach Cruthirds’ 2012 record of 5:09.71 with a 5:01.59. Davis Bruton of Sacred Heart finished a distant second in 5:21.66, followed by St. Andrew’s Ben Hearon in 5:29.86.

The St. Joseph foursome of Sophia Waddingham, Avery Nicholas, Anna Chris Nicholas and Niijor May swam away with the girls’ 200 free relay title in 1:47.81. Mississippi School of Science and Math’s Mary Madeline Lamarcus, Shelbi Allen, Angie Harri and Ali Otando posted a 1:51.07 to take second, while Our Lady Academy’s Kaley Geroux, Madison Bradley, Betty Clark and Isabella Cottone touched third in 1:52.29. Meanwhile, St. Andrew’s set a new Class I record in the boys’ relay as Scott Kennedy, James Zheng, Ben Hearon and Jack Smithson combined to swim a 1:36.17, taking down St. Stanislaus’ 2012 record of 1:36.38. Hayden Plunkett, Tucker Robbins, Brock Balducci and Walker Todd gave Amory a second place finish with their 1:38.15. St. Stanislaus, represented by Boyd Housey, Kenny Jordan, Matthew Townsend and Peter Neto, rounded out the top three in 1:39.11.

Maggie Gleason of St. Andrew’s added a second win to her victory in the 100 fly earlier, topping the 100 back in 1:01.00. Shelby Cox of Cleveland swam her way to second in 1:02.94, while St. Joseph’s Sophia Waddingham picked up third in 1:04.03. Mississippi School of Science and Math’s Rhet Hailey, winner of the 50 free earlier in the meet, touched first in the boys’ 100 back in 57.63, just missing the Class I record of 57.09. Will Baugh of Cleveland (58.75) and Anthony Santangelo of St. Andrew’s (59.94) rounded out the top three.

St. Andrew’s Carly Good went two-for-two in her individual events with a second win in the 100 breast. Good touched in 1:10.12 to edge Cleveland’s Alex Smith (1:10.65). Sarah Stewart of Sacred Heart swam a 1:13.91 for third. Thatcher Shepard of St. Andrew’s grabbed his second win of the meet as well with a 1:06.50 to win the boys’ 100 breast. St. Aloysuis’ Charlie Martin touched second in 1:09.29, followed by St. Joseph’s Will Booth in 1:09.90.

St. Andrew’s capped the meet with a dominating win in the girls’ 400 free relay. Maggie Gleason, Carly Good, Hughes Walker and Alex Good touched in 3:45.82, almost 20 seconds ahead of St. Joseph’s Anna Chris Nicholas, Emma Adkins, Ellie Smith and Niijor May (4:04.47). St. Patrick Catholic wrapped up third thanks to Kathleen McMackin, Laurie Pisciotta, Mary Agnes Mestayer and Jeanne Torp (4:17.99).

Anthony Santangelo, Thatcher Shepard, James Zheng and Jack Smithson led the St. Andrew’s boys to a new Class I record of 3:29.04 in the boys’ race. That took down Madison St. Joe’s 3:29.50 from last year. St. Stanislaus’ Boyd Housey, Kenny Jordan, Alexander Fuller and Peter Neto put up a 3:44.59 to finish second, while St. Joseph’s Nick Burrow, Kenny Thomas, Andrew Dotson and Jack Collins placed third in 3:46.60.

On the girls’ side, St. Andrew’s recorded 116 points to top St. Joseph Catholic (98) and Our Lady Academy (48). Cleveland (47) and St. Patrick Catholic (35) rounded out the top five. The St. Andrew’s boys scored 128 points to top St. Aloysius (75) and St. Joseph Catholic (70) for the state title. Amory (56) and St. Stanislaus (54) finished fourth and fifth.

Results: Mississippi High School Class I Swimming Championships

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Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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