• 81°
franklin county times

MSA to host Firecracker Invitational

By By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
July 3, 2002
Highland Park will host the Meridian Firecracker Invitational swim meet this weekend with over 200 swimmers expected to compete.
The Meridian Swim Association will host the meet and has a large number of swimmers ready to compete. At this time, 57 MSA swimmers are expected to compete and coach Chris Engledow is hoping for 60. This would be a large improvement from last year's 23 MSA swimmers.
The meet will start on Friday morning. The younger swimmers will get to the pool at 7 a.m. and the meet will start at 8 a.m. Around noon the young swimmers will be finished and the pool will be changed to swim across the length of the pool instead of the width. The older kids will begin their meet after lunch. The meet will also follow the same schedule on Saturday and Sunday.
Swimmers from Jackson, Vicksburg, Tupelo, Picayune and Tuscaloosa (Ala.), are expected to come. Also swimmers from Hattiesburg, Laurel, Natchez and Greenville are signed up to compete in the meet.
The meet will be the final chance for swimmers to qualify for the state meet to be held in two weeks. Some of the MSA swimmers have already qualified in previous meets and some are hoping to qualify in their home meet.
A concession stand will be at the meet so people can buy food for lunch. Chicken lunches are going to be sold.
Engledow says the community has always been supportive of the MSA and is expecting this weekend to be no different. It will be a good day for people to volunteer to help and a time for parents to come out and watch a swim meet.
The swimmers practice at Highland Park during the summer and after the summer meets are over will move to practice at Meridian Community College during the winter.