Girls swim team wins state

   TUPELO --  The Saint Joseph girls swim team took first place and the boys took fourth when Bruin swimmers traveled to Tupelo on Saturday to compete in the state championship meet.

It was the second straight state championship for the girls team.  The win came two weeks after the girls and boys team took first place honors at the North State Meet in Jackson.

“Two of our first-time state swimmers made it to the finals, and we had a clean sweep of the girl’s relays,” Coach Lauri Collins said. “The most exciting thing, though, is that our two best swimmers are currently in the eighth and ninth grades, giving me high hopes for future years.”

Although the boys fell short of last year’s second-place finish at the state meet, the swimmers said they believe a fourth-place finish is still a great result of their hard work.

The fourth-place finish this year was no small feat. Many of the seniors on last year’s second-place team were some of the strongest male swimmers – which meant those who returned this year  had to pick up some serious slack.

“They were big shoes to fill,” senior Graham Hlavac said. “But I think that our performance at state was a good way to go out in my senior year.”

 Huge amounts of time were cut by both boy and girl swimmers at the North State Meet. Even more time was cut at the state championship, leading to the impressive results acquired there as well.

While it is always good to be able to count on veterans of the team, new additions, or rookie swimmers, still made an impact. Many young swimmers helped the team be successful.

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