Makos get big lead at city meet|[06/01/08]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 1, 2008

The second day of the Stamm Invitational Swim Meet at City Pool saw the Mississippi Makos out of Jackson build a huge lead among the 10 teams competing in the three-day event.

New Vicksburg Swim Association coach Elena English, however, felt her younger swimmers did well, helping the club to a third-place finish in Friday’s short-course meet and a sixth-place standing after 82 long-course events Saturday.

“I think the team is doing wonderful,” said English, a senior swimmer at Delta State. “Every swimmer was able to cut time, especially our younger group. Our older group was pretty tired with having to help out with the meet, so we haven’t been doing so hot.”

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English got in the pool for three races on Saturday. She was fourth in the 100 meter freestyle and sixth in the 200 IM, and part of the VSA team that was fourth in the senior girls 400 meter relay.

The Makos were leading the team event with 767 points. Sunkist was second at 272, followed by the Starkville Shockwave with 235. The VSA was sixth, with 115 points.

In Friday’s short course meet, the Makos won with 446 followed by Starkville with 231 and the VSA with 119.

The VSA was led on Friday by a pair of 6-year-olds in Abi Wallace and Tommy Martin. Martin won the boys 25-meter freestyle and backstroke while Wallace won the girls 25-meter free and back.

On Saturday, 12-year-old Wally Wibowo was a top performer with three top fours. His best was a second-place finish in the 50 meter butterfly.