Makos take huge lead at Stamm Invitational|[6/4/06]

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 5, 2006

From staff reports.

The Mississippi Makos’ overwhelming depth is turning the Stamm Family Invitational into a swimaway.

The Makos, a team based in Jackson, finished first or second in 17 of 27 events Saturday to take a commanding 801-369 lead over the Mississippi Shockwave Aquatic Team at the swim meet at City Pool. The Vicksburg Swim Association team was in fourth place with 169 points, 30 behind the Delta Aquatic Club of Cleveland.

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The finals in most events will be held today, when the meet resumes at 9 a.m. The pool is closed for public use today, but admission to the meet is free.

The full name of the meet is the Stamm Family Invitational in Memory of Alan Ebersole. Ebersole, a Vicksburg native who went on to swim for Princeton, drowned off the coast of Florida in 2004. His younger brother Bern – who also swims for Princeton – returned to City Pool and did a good job of honoring Alan’s memory on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Bern finished first in the boys’ 200 meter individual medley, second in the 200 meter breaststroke and 100 meter backstroke, and third in the 100 freestyle. He also helped the 400 meter relay team to a first-place finish. The boys’ division is for swimmers ages 15 and over.

In the girls’ meet, Vicksburg’s Cat Rowan turned in a third-place performance in the girls’ 200-meter breaststroke. Elena English was third in the girls’ 100 meter freestyle and fifth in the 200 IM.