A win, rather than setting a state record, is what Oxford High senior swimmer Matthew Nichols was hoping to achieve before he dove into the water to compete in the 100-yard breaststroke at Saturday’s MHSAA state swim meet.
Nichols not only won the event, he also set the state record in the event with a time of 58.12 seconds. The previous record was set nine years ago by J.T. Jones, who finished with a time of 1 minute, 0.75 seconds. Nichols also won the 100 freestyle at Saturday’s meet and just missed setting the record held by former Lafayette High standout Jeffery Phillips by 0.15 of a second. (October 27, 2010, Page 10)