FLOWOOD – Strength in the lower grades enabled Jackson Prep to win another MAIS swimming champion Wednesday at The Courthouse pool. But with St. Aloysius now in the Academy ranks, the margin of victory was far less than last year. Prep’s combined score for grades 7-9 and 10-12 boys and girls meets was 2571/2 points to 2441/2 for St. Aloysius.
Dr. Luke Nealey, who has coached the Patriots to 17 consecutive championships, said this year was the closest. “We’ve been winning by about 100 points every year,” he said. A year ago, the margin was102 points.
Prep was only third for 10-12 with 101 points compared with 132 for St. Aloysius and 117 for Hartfield. But the Patriots dominated 7-9, rolling up 1461/2 points, 34 more than St. Al.
There were four individual double winners, two boys and two girls, for 10-12. In the boys meet, senior Ladd Chain of Heritage repeated as 50-yard butterfly winner in 23.75 and won the 100 individual medley (54.73). Sophomore Eien McGee of Hartfield won the 50 backstroke (24.85) and the 100 freestyle (49.15).
In the girls meet, double winners are junior Mary Katherine Ray of Starkville Academy and junior Malon Stratton of Jackson Academy. Ray was a repeat winner in both the 50 breastroke (33.56) and the 100 individual medley (1:07.42). Stratton repeated in the 50 backstroke in 28.61 and won the 50 freestyle (25.33).