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MAD dominates Meridian Invitational

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STROKIN' n MSA's Kayla Braddock does the breast stroke during the Senior Girls Medley Relay Sunday. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Rob Sigler/The Meridian Star
July 16, 2001
The Mississippi Aquatic Dogfish went wire-to-wire in claiming the Meridian Invitational Swim Meet Sunday, winning by nearly 300 points at the Highland Park pool.
Delta State University Aquatics finished with 616 points for a distant second, while The South MS Surf placed third with 563 points.
Host Meridian Swim Association took fifth with 338 points among the 16 teams competing in the Long Course meet.
Over 300 swimmers from three states competed in the three-day event.
Christie Vaughn was the lone first place finisher for Meridian Sunday. The 15-year-old won the 50m free style with a time of 30.40. Vaughn also finished third in the 200m IM with a time of 2:49. 13 and placed fourth in the 400m freestyle (5:18.55) and 100m breast stroke (1:32.51).
MSA's Holly Corbitt, 11, finished third in the 100m breast stroke at 1:36.87. She also took fifth in the 200m freestyle (2:40.85).
Katie Fletcher, Emily Roland, Chesney Todder and Brittany Moore place fourth in the U-10 200m medley relay.
Among the MSA boys, Michael Gray, coming off three first place finishes Saturday, followed up that performance with a pair of runner-up finishes Sunday.
Gray, 17, was second in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:32.32 and posted a time of 2:35.33 to take second in the 200m backstroke. He also placed fourth in the 50m freestyle (26.69) and fourth in the 200m IM (2:28.86).
David Moody had a fourth place showing in the 100m breast stroke with a time of 1:26. 39. Moody, Gray, Josh Coleman and Matt Snyder teamed to place third in the 400m medley relay (6:41.19).
Coleman, 14, managed a third place finish in the 50m freestyle (35:09).
Austin Moody, 9, finished fourth in the 50m backstroke with a time of 48.68 and also placed fourth in the 50m freestyle (59.75). He also had a seventh place showing in the 100m breast stroke (2:00.83).
The Meridian Invitational is the final qualifier for the State Long Course Championships to be held in two weeks at Delta State University.
Rob Sigler is sports editor for the Meridian Star. E-mail him at rsigler@themeridianstar.com or call him at 693-1551 ext. 3235.
MSA Invit. Results
1. Miss. Aquatic Dogfish 915
2. Delta State Univ. Aquatics 616
3. The South MS Surf 563
4. Miss. Makos Swim Team 380
5. Meridian Swim Assoc. 338
6. Swim Columbus 305
7. Crimson Tide Aquatics 279
8. Picayune Piranhas 215
9. Tupelo Aquatic Club 210
10. Vicksburg Swim Assoc. 128
11. Laurel Swim Assoc. 128
12. The Sunkist Swim Team 39
12. Little Rock Athletic Club 39
14. Bluff City Barracudas 30
15. Natchez Swim Assoc. 14
16. Unattached 9