Sunkist takes team title at Mississippi state championship

  22 Jared Anderson | March 05th, 2014 | Club, News, Press Releases, Previews & Recaps

The following is a press release provided to SwimSwam for publication:

The Sunkist swim team (SUNS) from Flowood won the Mississippi state swimming championship at the brand new Tupelo Aquatic Center this weekend. It was a total team effort victory as they came in second in both the girls and boys divisions. This was their 1st team championship since 2001. Host team Shockwave (SWAT) won the boys team title while defending state champion Mississippi Makos (MMST) won the girls team title. This was the first championship meet at the new 12 million dollar Tupelo Aquatic Center. They will be the host site of the 2015 Southern Zone Age Group Championship.

Gabrielle Ivey of Ocean Springs (OSY) won all of her events in the 10 & under girls; 200FR, 50BK, 50FR, 500FR, 100BK, 100FR, & 50FL. Sunkist teammates won all of the 10 & under boy individual events, with Matthew Robinson winning the 200FR, 50FR, 500FR, Carter Dickey winning the 50BK, Michael Robinson (only 8) winning the 100BK, and Noah Derrick winning all of his events; 50BR, 200IM, 100FL, 100IM, 100FR, 100BR, 50FL.

Cait Chandler from Biloxi Elite Swim Team (BEST) won the 200FR, 50BR, 100IM, 100FR, & 100BR in the 11-12 girls. Cade Vickers from SWAT won all of his events in the 11-12 boys; 50BR, 200IM, 100FL, 100IM, 100FR, 100BR, 50FL. Cade remained undefeated by coming from behind to win the 50FL 28.12-28.35.

Addison Bridges (MMST) won the 13-14 girls 200FR, 400IM, 200FL, 200IM, 500FR, 100FL, 1000FR, and was a part of both Makos relay victories to be the only undefeated swimmer of the meet. Some of the fastest swims of the meet came from Sunkist 13-14 teammates Jack Smithson and Eien McGee. Smithson started the meet off with a state record in the 1650FR (16:20.52) which now ranks as 25th in the nation. Smithson broke state records in the 200FL (1:56.08 22nd nationally) and 100FL (52.32 21st nationally). He also picked up victories in the 500FR, 200BK, & the 1000FR. Eien won the 200FR, 100BR (1:02.12 21st nationally), 100BK (54.70 14th nationally), 50FR (22.22 5th nationally), 200IM, and the 100FR (48.22 4th nationally). His only loss of the meet came to teammate Smithson in the 100FL (52.93 4th nationally). Smithson and McGee were joined by Khameron Glass and Chikashi Kano in setting state records in both the 200FR (1:32.15) & 200MR (1:44.30).

Senior girls results were spread out over a lot of great swims. Taylor Ballard (MMST) & Laken Vickers (SWAT) raced to a quick 1:05.03-1:05.54 100BR battle. Ashleigh Moore (BEST) just edged out Cris Roberts (SWAT) and Alex Good (MMST) in the 100BK (59.77-59.94-59.95). Kate Murphy (SUNS) took down a quick and tight 50FR (24.31) over Vicker (24.41), Mary Helen McGee (MMST 24.54), Courtney Goff (MMST 24.54), and Kyjana Webber (BEST 24.55). Murphy was on the other side of a close race in the 100FR as Webber came back to close fast and win 51.71-51.87. Murphy added wins in the 1650FR, 200FR, 200FL, 200IM, & 100FL.

Sam Stewart of the YMCA HubFins (YHF) won the 200FR, 100BK, 200FL, 200IM, 200BK, & 100FL in the senior boys. Ashton Robertson (BEST) broke the state record in the 50FR (21.11). Ladd Chain from Swim Columbus (SCSO) won the 100FR and picked up silvers in the 200FR, 200FL, 50FR, 200IM, & 100FL. Sunkist teammates had nice battles in the breaststroke events. Josh Williamson won a close race against Ralph Moore (59.75-1:00.26) in the 100BR. Moore returned the favor by taking Williamson in a close race in the 200 (2:13.74-2:13.81).

Full results

Final team scores:

1. Sunkist Swim Team 4047

2. Shockwave Aquatics 3493.5

3. Mississippi Makos Swim Team 3232

4. Biloxi Elite Swim Team 1817

5. YMCA HubFins 1627

6. Laurel Swim Association 832

7. Swim Columbus 740

8. Delta Aquatic Club 671

9. Southern Mississippi Aquatic C 620.5

10. Ocean Springs Marlins 451

11. Meridian Swimming Association 213

12. Vicksburg Swimming Association 199

13. Tallahatchie Tidal Waves 59

14. Unattached 18

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22 Comments on "Sunkist takes team title at Mississippi state championship"

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2 years 7 months ago

Great job from everybody in Mississippi Swimming. You don’t have to come from a big state to get some great swimming. Congrads to all!

2 years 7 months ago

Great job, everyone! Classy meet, classy people, great swimming!!

2 years 7 months ago

Mississippi getting some National attention! Great job everyone!

Kelli Clymer
2 years 7 months ago

Great meet last weekend from all of our Mississippi swimmers!!

2 years 7 months ago

All Mississippi swimmers and parents can be proud of the new Tupelo Aquatic Center!! It is a beautiful facility. Thanks to all officials, coaches, and volunteers who made this weekend’s state meet a success. Congratulations to all state qualifying swimmers! Great job!

2 years 7 months ago

Go Sam! Great meet for all!

April S.
2 years 7 months ago

Congrats to all the Mississippi swimmers. We are proud of you all! All your hard work and discipline does pay off…way to go!!!

2 years 7 months ago

Nice to see coverage about Mississippi swimming!

Beth Bruton
2 years 7 months ago

Fantastic to hear about swimming in Mississippi. Our kids are working hard to rise to the next level and this wonderful recognition is well deserved!

2 years 7 months ago

Great meet and great facility!

2 years 7 months ago

Thanks to everyone who made the state swim meet such an incredible success. It was wonderful to watch such talented swimmers compete in such an amazing facility!

2 years 7 months ago

I had so much fun! Loved racing against all my favorite 13-14s during finals. Can’t wait to see y’all this upcoming season.

2 years 7 months ago

A great short course championship! Talented swimmers and great competition. I loved the team spirit shown by all the teams.

2 years 7 months ago

Great job Mississippi Swimming!!!!
Congratulations to Sunkist our 2014 State Champions. Well Done!!

2 years 7 months ago

The new facility was awesome and thanks to everyone who made it a success. And thank you to SwimSwam for sharing the story.

Parker King
2 years 7 months ago

Great job to all the the teams in Mississippi. Big Congrats to Sunkist Swim Team. I knew it wouldn’t be long before they would take the title, and they are really growing fast. WELL DONE!!!

Marlan Mcelroy
2 years 7 months ago

Congrats to all the teams in Mississippi!!! Very fun and fast meet.

Mike Stewart
2 years 7 months ago

Nice to see national recognition of Mississippi swimming! Congratulations to all the state meet participants!

2 years 7 months ago

Proud of all the swimmers from Mississippi who competed at the State Championship and extremely proud of Sunkist Swim Team. Under the dedicated leadership they have had over the past 4 years, the team has grown in number, strength, and camaraderie. I foresee even bigger things in the near future for this team. Fast Swimmers, Forward Thinking Coaches, community support, and dedicated parents and athletes will make for a winning combination at State Championships, Sectionals, and beyond.

2 years 7 months ago

Great job to all our Mississippi swimmers! Awesome facility and some fantastic swims!

2 years 7 months ago

Great job to everyone. Great job YHubFins with new coaching. Thank you all for your dedication!


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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career sixteen years and running wasn’t enough for this native Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for, covering swimming at every …

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