CHS girls win North, boys finish third
by Andy Collier
Oct 23, 2012 | 1921 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Cleveland High School “Wildcatfish” girls and boys swim teams are loving life as they celebrate the girls winning the Class 1 North Half Championship for a second year in  a row Saturday at Flowood. The team returned to Cleveland at around 10 p.m. with the trophy. The boys’ team took third despite having just five swimmers.
Members of the Cleveland High School “Wildcatfish” girls and boys swim teams are loving life as they celebrate the girls winning the Class 1 North Half Championship for a second year in a row Saturday at Flowood. The team returned to Cleveland at around 10 p.m. with the trophy. The boys’ team took third despite having just five swimmers.
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The Cleveland High School girls swim team was in top form Saturday evening at the Courthouse Aquatic Center in Flowood.

CHS won the Class 1 North Half Swim meet for a second consecutive year, scoring 140 points on the evening to edge out Madison-St. Joe (132).

CHS head swimming coach Claire Rogers was more than pleased with the effort from her swimmers.

“The girls swam really hard and real fast today,” Rogers said late Saturday night after the team returned home from Flowood. “It got real close in the middle of the meet, but we stayed ahead the entire time. We were proud of them and how they swam.”

The Cleveland boys, despite having just five swimmers, ended up finishing a solid third with 61 points. Madison-St. Joseph won the meet with 153 points, followed by Germantown with 74.

“We were very proud of our boys to,” Rogers added. “We only had five boys competing with us, and the boys ended up coming in third place which is impressive.”

In the girls’ meet, Cleveland won three different events including two relays. The team of Shelby Cox, Hallee Pinkerton, Mary Madeline Lamastus and Mary Clay Kline won the 200-yard medley relay (2:00.54), while the team of Manuela Portilla, Beth Baugh, Alex Smith and Elaine Vyles won the 400-yard freestyle relay (4:03.01).

Portilla also won the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.51) and finished second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:26.00). Cox took second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.88) and second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:25.19), while Alex Smith finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.52).

In the boys’ meet for Cleveland, the relay team of Will Weeks, Jonathan Haynes, Will Baugh and Trey Harmon took second in the 200-yard medley relay (2:00.65). Michael Beamon, along with Weeks, Haynes and Baugh, finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:44.52).

Cleveland will end the swimming season on Nov. 3 when the school will host the Class 1 and Class 2 State Swim meets at the Delta State Aquatic Center.