Tupelo Sectional Kicks Off With Unusually Low Attendance

2018 ESSZ Sr Summer Long Course Championship

  • July 5-8th
  • Tupelo Aquatic Center, Tupelo, MS
  • Long Course Meters
  • Hosted By Shockwave Aquatic Team
  • Thursday Finals Results

The Tupelo Speedo Sectional Meet kicked off on Thursday, July 5th. There is something unusual about this meet however: it has extremely low attendance, like, so low that there’s only 4 or 5 swimmers per event. In the meet information that was sent out to the participating teams, host Shockwave Aquatic Club stated that they talked to USA Swimming, and decided to go forward with the meet, even with the low attendance. They came up with a way to format the meet that “should provide fast swims in unique situations”. Since there’s only 1 heat of each event, they added a 30 minute break after each men’s event.

17 year old Richard Nichol of Memphis Tiger Swim Club took the men’s 200 fly with a 2:07.34. That time marked a 5.5 second drop from his previous best of 2:12.83. He took the race out fast, hitting the 100 mark at 59.87, then came home in 1:07.47.

OTHER EVENT WINNERS

  • Women’s 800 Free: Elizabeth Byrne – 9:12.97
  • Men’s 800 Free: Landon Peeples – 8:37.69
  • Women’s 200 IM: Sarah Brown – 2:28.21
  • Men’s 200 IM: Langston Weddington – 2:19.02
  • Women’s 50 Free: Amber Schulte – 27.84
  • Men’s 50 Free: Miles Simon – 24.74
  • Women’s 200 Fly: Kathryn Epperson – 2:22.39

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Hswimmer

Who wants to go to Mississippi is the real question lol

Lance

Obviously you have never been to Tupelo, Probably the friendliest City I have ever visited.

Swimming Fan

In fact, attendance was so low that they had to include women’s volleyball by linking the final results to the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League tournament …

Dan

Hospitality room will be breeze! Just pick up 2 medium pizzas, a bag of Ruffles, a couple bananas and call it a day!

One has to wonder if there are enough parents at the meet to time…?

BaldingEagle

I’ve hosted sectionals. Usually for these meets, the officials requirement and roster is huge. How many deck officials are at this meet? Starter on one side of the pool, ref on the other, walking the deck and doing S&T like a high school meet.

The swimmers in the next event must be the timers.

Lance

Hospitality is bar none the best you will ever experience
Made to order omelettes, waffles, pancakes for breakfast. Ribs, Sausage, Chicken for hors d’ouvres.
The locals have been great

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