Local high school swim teams near the end of the season in form

Published 7:00 am Friday, September 30, 2016

Swimmers dive into the pool at Millbrook Country Club during Tuesday’s swim meet.

Swimmers dive into the pool at Millbrook Country Club during Tuesday’s swim meet.

Picayune Memorial and Pearl River Central High School swim teams competed Tuesday at Millbrook Country Club. Also competing at the event was St. Stanislaus High School and Our Lady Academy.

The Maroon Tide girls finished first in every event of the meet.

“That was the first time I have seen a whole boy’s or girl’s team get first place in every event of a swim meet. They are a dedicated group and work hard to get those results.”

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The Maroon Tide started the meet with a bang as Sophie Griffith, Donisha Williams, Emily Arthur and Amber Bounds won the girls 200-yard medley relay with a 5.6 second margin earning a final time of 2:10.15. Following their electric victory, the Picayune girls continued to impress in the individual events.

“This team just keeps impressing me around every turn,” Ray Lossett, Picayune swim coach said. “We may not be the biggest team, but we are one of the most talented teams in the state, and they put their hearts in every race from start to finish. I couldn’t be prouder of this team.”

Picayune’s Kamryn Clymer won the girls 200-yard freestyle (2:17.81); Amber Bounds won the girls 200-yard individual medley (2:33.15) and the girls 100-yard freestyle (0:59.84); Emily Arthur won the girls 50-yard freestyle (0:27.82) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:11.08); Donisha Williams won the girls 100-yard butterfly (1:14.58); Delora Denney won the girls 500-yard freestyle (6:00.40); and Kamryn Clymer won the girls 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.53).

During relays, Griffith, Denney, Arthur and Clymer won the girls 200-yard freestyle relay while Picayune’s Williams, Denney, Clumer and Bounds won the girls 400-yard freestyle relay.

Although the girls events were conquered by Picayune, the boys swim events provided a different story.

St. Stanislaus High School finished in first place for nine out of the 11 boys events. Boyd Housey won first place in multiple events, including the 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.07), the 200-yard individual medley (2:23.03), and was part of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay (4:01.65) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:56.81), in which they beat PRC by 0.49 seconds.

PRC came out on top twice on Tuesday, including the boys 200-yard freestyle relay, which they finished 0.72 seconds before the second-place Picayune Maroon Tide. With the fastest time of the event, Blue Devils’ Luke Jarvis won the 50-yard freestyle with a final time of 25.05 seconds. Javris also came in second-place for the boys 100-yard freestyle.

Anthony Werner won another second-place finish for PRC in the boys 100-yard breaststroke.

Picayune and PRC travel to Biloxi to compete in the Biloxi Invitational on Oct. 1. The South State championship will also be held in Biloxi on Oct. 15.