Cannonballs make a splash at Jackson swim meet

Published 9:26 am Friday, June 21, 2024

The Vicksburg YMCA Cannonballs youth swim team started the final lap of their summer season with a good showing Thursday.

Titus Williams, Grace Edwards and Yadier Cruz each won two individual events, and the Cannonballs won 15 as a team in a head-to-head meet against the Jackson Yacht Club.

Williams won the boys’ 9-10-year-olds’ 50 yard freestyle and 25 yard breaststroke with times of 40.24 and 25.81 seconds, respectively. He was also on the winning 100 yard freestyle relay with Soren Wiedenfield, Giles Parrish and Abram Rice.

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Cruz won the boys’ 7-8-year-olds’ 25 yard freestyle in 19.50 seconds, and the 25 backstroke in 24.29 seconds.

Edwards finished first in the girls’ 13-14-year-olds’ 50 yard backstroke in 46.81 seconds, and the 50 breaststroke in 50.54 seconds.

Edwards was also part of two winning relay teams. She joined Autumn Rice, Aubrey Rankin and Lexie Guillot on the 15-18-year-olds’ girls’ 200 freestyle relay that won with a time of 2:38.07.

Edwards, Guillot, Rankin and Jordan Smith won the girls’ 200 medley relay with a time of 3:01.26.

Rankin won the girls’ 13-14-year-olds’ 50 yard backstroke, with a time of 32.72 seconds, in addition to her relay victories.

Other winners for the Cannonballs were:

• Ellis Campbell in the boys’ 11-12-year-olds’ 50 yard backstroke, with a time of 48.82 seconds.

• C.J. Wilson in the boys’ 13-14-year-olds’ 50 backstroke, in 43.14 seconds.

• Blair Farrell in the girls’ 15-18-year-olds’ 50 breaststroke, with a time of 51.66 seconds.

• Cormac Wiedenfield in the boys’ 11-12-year-olds 50 yard butterfly, in 45.62 seconds.

• Shelby Williams in the girls’ 11-12-year-olds’ 50 yard butterfly in 39.37 seconds.

The Cannonballs are a youth swim team focused on introducing swimmers to the competitive aspects of the sport. They compete in the Jackson Swim Association, a league of 14 similar programs from the Jackson Metro area and McComb.

Thursday’s meet was the third of five for the Cannonballs during the month-long season. They’ll go to Madison on Monday, and then finish up on June 29 with a meet at the GRIT pool off Lakeland Drive in Flowood.