DAC ended up finishing sixth with 1,046 points in the event that started Thursday and concluded on Sunday. Mississippi Makos took first with 4,915 points, followed by Shockwave with 2,855.5 points, Sunkist Swim Team with 2,634.5 points, Biloxi Elite Swim Team with 1,722.5 points and Laurel Swim Association with 1,143.5 points.
DAC also had some strong individual swims. Alex Smith won the girls 13-14 100-meter breaststroke (1:21.58) and the girls 13-14 200-meter breaststroke (2:57.79), and Manuela Jojoa-Portilla finished first in the girls 15 and over freestyle (18:55.35).
Jojoa-Portilla also finished second in the girls 15 and over 400-meter freestyle (4:43.79), third in the girls 15 and over 200-meter backstroke (2:33.35), third in the girls 15 and over 200-meter freestyle (2:17.40). Jojoa-Portilla, 16, finished third in the girls 15 and over high points standings with 112 points behind high point champion Kate Murphy, 25, of the Sunkist Swim Team and Ashleigh Moore, 15, of Biloxi Elite Swim Team. Murphy scored 132 points, while Moore scored 113 points.
“The competition has been very strong the last couple of years,” DAC head coach Dan’l Murray said. “Our numbers were down a little bit than previous years at the meet, but the individual swims were just as strong. We had numerous top three finishes including multiple state champions.”
Another DAC swimmer that shined was Carl Failing. Failing ended up finishing fourth in the boys 13-14 high points standings with 114 points. Failing had several top three finishes by finishing second in the boys 13-14 200-meter backstroke (2:24.70), second in the boys 13-14 100-meter backstroke (1:04.90), second in the boys 13-14 100-meter freestyle (58.16), third in the boys 13-14 200-meter individual medley (2:29.19), third in the boys 100-meter breaststroke (1:20.28) and third in the boys 13-14 100-meter butterfly (1:06.39).
Jennifer Mansour took third in the girls 13-14 50-meter freestyle (29.02) and third in the girls 13-14 100-meter freestyle (1:04.23), and Hallee Pinkerton finished second in the girls 13-14 100-meter breaststroke (1:26.08), third in the girls 13-14 100-meter butterfly third (1:16.31) and third in the 200-meter breaststroke (3:00.84) to round out DAC’s top individual performances.
The team of Mansour, Pinkerton, Mary Margaret Weeks and Smith finished second in the girls 13-14 400-meter freestyle relay (4:43.87) to help give DAC more points.
In the 8-and-under developmental meet, DAC’s Finn Goodlett, won the boys 8-year-old 25-yard freestyle with a time of 16.19. Goodlett, along with, Reid Kent, Campbell Owens and Cruz Oguz, took third in the boys 8 and under 100-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:15.97.