Oxford’s successful swimming season came to a conclusion on a high note over the weekend as the girls placed second and boys placed second at the MHSAA Swimming State Championships held at the Delta State University Aquatics Club in Cleveland on Saturday.
The Chargers earned 62 points, while first-place Tupelo earned 138 and second-place Madison Central collected 100.
The Lady Chargers racked up 73 points, while first-place Tupelo earned 144.
Thirty-eight Class 6A and 5A schools participated in the championships.
Oxford took 10 boys and 10 girls to compete in the meet under the current format.
The Lady Chargers were led by Dora Chen, who placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of two minutes, 3.38 seconds and third in the 100-yard freestyle (56.66).
Chen also helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Cynthia Torma, Hayley Murphy and Sarah Wilson place second (1:48.88) and the 400 free relay team of Torma, Marta Burwell and Grace Orman place second (3:50.52).
Other Lady Chargers who placed were:
-Ashleigh Moore took first in the 200 IM (2:14.81).
-Burwell placed third in the 50 free (25.75) and sixth in the 200 IM (2:26.58).
-Orman placed seventh in the 200 IM (2:27.90) and eighth in the 100 butterfly (1:08.93).
-Torma placed fifth in the 50 free (26.86).
-Lizzy Leary placed fifth in the 500 free (5:46.18) and seventh in the 100 back (1:09.04).
-The 200 medley relay team of Burwell, Murphy, Orman and Wilson placed fourth (2:03.09).
The Oxford boys were led by Andrew Mullen, who placed first in the 200 free (1:45.84). He also placed second in the 100 butterfly (52.97) and helped the 400 free relay team of Dion Kevin, Jack Cutler and Chase Gladden place third (3:30.39) and the 200 medly relay team of Taide Ding, Gladden and Brian Clancy place fourth (1:47.90).
Other Chargers who placed were:
-Clancy placed eighth in the 200 IM (2:12.59) and third in the 500-yard free (5:12.88).
-Ding placed seventh in the 100 butterfly (59.84).
-Cutler placed fifth in the 500-yard free (5:15.10).
-Thomas Murphy placed eighth in the 100 back (1:04.11).
-The 200 free relay team of Kevin, Gladden, Ding and Clancy placed fourth (1:36.31). (October 31, 2011, Page 1B)
One year away from the top spot was more than long enough for the Oxford Lady Chargers swim team.
After placing second to Tupelo a year ago, the Lady Chargers reclaimed first in Saturday’s MHSAA State Championship swim meet held at the Biloxi Natatorium, racking up 290.5 points compared to the Golden Wave’s 216. (October 25, 2010, Page 3B)
The Oxford High swim team didn’t fool around this past weekend at the North Half Swim Meet hosted by Clinton High, as the Lady Chargers placed first with 328 points and the Chargers placed fourth with 202 points.
Rounding out the top four spots in the girls rankings were Madison Central (255), Tupelo (254) and St. Joseph Catholic (222). On the boys’ side, Tupelo placed first with 446 points, followed by Madison Central (299.5) and St. Joseph Catholic (208). (October 19, 2010, Page 9)
Oxford got its season off to a successful start as the Lady Chargers won the Tupelo High School Invitational Swim Meet held Saturday at the City Park pool. The Lady Chargers totaled 187 points, 21 more points than second-place finisher Tupelo. (more…) (August 30, 2010, Page 2B)