The Oxford swim team had a successful home opener Saturday as both the boys and girls teams placed second out of 17 schools with 106 and 99 points respectively in the Oxford High Invitational held at Oxford’s city pool.
Tupelo’s boys and girls squads edged out first place with 156 and 140 points, while the Cleveland girls (89) and Starkville boys (101) placed third.
While Oxford had several second-place finishers, Andrew Mullen had the Chargers’ lone first place performance with a time of 5 minutes, 20.66 seconds in the boys 500-yard freestyle.
In the girls 300 free, Lizzy Leary placed sixth (2:16.43), Renee Sullivan-Gonzalez placed seventh (2:18.86) and Lulu Field placed 13th (2:32.49).
Grace Orman led Oxford in the girls 200 individual medley with a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:30.48, while Hayley Murphy (2:39.81) placed fifth.
Oxford had 12 finishers in the girls 50 free. Dora Chen paced the Lady Chargers with a third-place finish with a time of 26.43 seconds, while Orman (seventh; 28.18), Norah Daghestani (15th; 30.35), Ali Card (16th; 30.46), Tiffany Torma (31st; 32.33) Laurel Tollison (41st; 33.21), Victoria Bryant (43rd; 33.54); Mia Sinha (54th; 34.98), Kate Anderson (55th; 35.39), Marian Blair Roberts (57th; 35.57), Alison Dabney (59th; 35.89) and Ashley Mills (78th; 41.63) rounded out the Oxford finishers.
Marta Burwell was the lone Lady Charger to compete in the girls 100 butterfly and finished seventh with a 1:12.99.
Chen and Synthia Torma paced eight Lady Charger finishers in the girls 100 free, placing second and fourth with respective times of 57.92 and 1:00.21. Yoomin Jo (25th; 1:11.04), Torma (39th; 1:16.99), Tollison (48th; 1:20.02), Sinha (49th; 1:21.27), Anderson (57th; 1:24.78) and Dabney (58th; 1:24.81) rounded Oxford’s finishers in the event.
Sarah Wilson (fifth; 6:07.67) Leary (seventh; 6:09.16) and Card (13th; 7:01.84) all placed in the girls 500 free, while Torma (fourth; 1:14.46), Hayley Murphy (seventh; 1:17.76), Victoria Bryant (14th; 1:35.63) and Roberts (17th; 1:39.04) all placed in the girls 100 backstroke.
Burwell (fifth; 1:20.62), Wilson (eighth; 1:23.79), Daghestani (16th; 1:34.25) and Field (18th; 1:35.33) all placed in the girls 100 backstroke to round out the girls’ individual events.
In relay events, the Lady Chargers’ “A” teams placed fourth in the 200 medley (2:10.60) and second in both the 200 free (1:47.67) and 400 free (4:01.32).
Dion Kevin paced Oxford’s boys in the 200 free with a fourth-place finish (2:02.60), while Brian Clancy (sixth; 2:05.24) and Drake Armstrong (10th; 2:22.38) also placed in the event.
Chase Gladden was one of nine Chargers to finish in the 50 free with a fifth-place finish with a time of 25.18. Ryan Copple (14th; 27.11), Jacob Nichols (18th; 27.46), Isaac Manly (20th; 27.46), Sam McManus (21st; 27.61), Guy Farmer (32nd; 28.79), Armstrong (32nd; 28.79), Baryn Rasberry (56th, 31.40), Andrew Brown (61st; 31.91) all placed in the event.
In addition to Mullen placing second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.25, Taide Ding (fifth; 1:02.40) and Thomas Murphy (10th; 1:07.50) also finished.
In the 100 free, Ding (third; 56.24), Kevin Walker (fourth; 57.86), Copple (15th; 1:00.88), Manly (16th; 1:01.30), McManus (19th; 1:03.34), Farmer (29th; 1:06.56), Brown (37th; 1:11.03), Rasberry (38th; 1:11.31) all finished.
In addition to Mullen’s first-place finish in the 500 free, Jack Cutler (fourth; 5:36.65) and Murphy (eighth; 5:46.49) also placed.
In the 100 backstroke, Kevin (third; 1:05.54), Gladden (fourth; 1:07.41), Nichols (seventh; 1:10.51) and Will Anderson (17th; 1:31.81) all finished, while Brian Clancy (fifth; 1:13.65); Cutler (10th; 1:18.19) and Walker (11th; 1:20.44) all placed in the 100 breaststroke.
In relay events, the Chargers’ “A” teams placed fourth in the 200 medley (2:10.88) and second in both the 200 free (1:39.96) and 400 free (3:37.84). (September 19, 2011, Page 4B)