Dora Chen’s second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle helped lead the Oxford Lady Chargers to a third-place finish in the Class 2 (5A-6A) state championship meet Saturday at Delta State University.
Oxford’s boys also finished third overall in the state. Sixteen teams competed in each division. Tupelo won both the boys and girls titles. Starkville was second in the girls’ division, while Madison Central was second in the boys’ division.
Chen’s time in the 200 was 2 minutes, 4.43 seconds overall. Her finish was the highest individual finish for an OHS swimmer Saturday. Marta Burwell finished third in the 500 with a 5:40. Cynthia Torma finished fifth in both the 100 and 50 free. She swam the 50 in 26.51 and the 100 in 58.19. Ali Card was fourth in the 100 back with a 1:05. The Lady Chargers’ 200 free relay team finished second with a 1:45. Making up the team were Torma, Sarah Wilson, Chen and Burwell. The 200 medley relay team of Card, Wilson, Elizabeth Field and Renee Sullivan-Gonzalez finished fifth with a 2:05.
Dion Kevin and Brian Clancy had the top individual finishes for the Chargers Saturday. Clancy finished fourth in the 500 free with a 5:04 and fifth in the 100 back with a 58.25. Kevin was sixth in the 100 fly with a 57.17 and sixth in the 100 free with a 51.05. Jack Cutler finished fifth in the 200 free with a 1:53. Jacob Nichols finished seventh in the 200 individual medley with a 2:11.
The Chargers best finish in the relays came in the 400 free with a time of 3:25. Cutler, Kevin Walker, Clancy and Kevin made up the team. Oxford was fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:33. Nicholas Lee, Walker, Taide Ding and Kevin composed that team. The Chargers were also fourth in the 200 medley relay with a 1:45. Murphy, Clancy, Nichols and Ding combined to make the team. (November 5, 2012, Page 2B)