VSA finishes sixth at state swim meet

Published 7:55 am Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Vicksburg Swim Association’s Killer Whales travel team posted its best-ever finish in the team standings, sixth place, at the Mississippi Short Course State Championship meet last weekend.

The Killer Whales had more than two dozen top-eight finishes, including seven from Tulio Figarola in the boys’ 10-and-under division. The top eight swimmers in the preliminary meets for each event advanced to the finals on Sunday.

Tommy Martin posted three top-three finishes in the boys’ 15-16-year-olds’ division. He was second in the 100-yard breaststroke, and third in the 200 breaststroke and 100 freestyle. He also was sixth in the 200 freestyle.

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Martin broke the VSA team record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.50 seconds in his preliminary heat. He lowered that to 50.15 seconds in the finals, but was about two seconds behind winner Alex Miller of the YMCA Hub Fins.

Austin Norwood finished third in the boys’ 11-12-year-olds’ 50-yard breaststroke, and was followed by teammates Jon Daniel Busby and Beau Harris in fourth and fifth, respectively. Busby also finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Adrienne Eckstein had the best performance for the girls, finishing fifth in the 17-and-over 100 backstroke.

The Killer Whales totaled 710 points to finish in sixth place in the team standings. They were seventh in 2017 and have improved on the previous year’s finish each year since 2014.

The Mississippi Makos won with a total of 3,843.5 points. Biloxi Elite Swim Team was second, with 3,793.5. Eleven teams competed in the meet.