Oxford High’s run on athletic awards continued recently when swimming coach Rebecca van Oostendorp was recognized as the Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High Schools Coaches Association for 2012. (July 3, 2012, Page 6)
Some of the state’s best swimmers will invade the county Saturday morning to take part in the annual Oxford Invitational meet. Warmups begin at 9:30 a.m., while the meet begins at 10:30 at the city pool located off Washington Avenue. Oxford coach Rebecca van Oostendorp said 341 swimmers from 17 schools will take place in the meet. (more…) (September 16, 2011, Page 6A)
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)
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)