Local swimmers compete at state championships

Union County, home to a few exceptional swimmers with Olympic spirit, had three compete in the Mississippi Swimming Short Course State Championship,  Feb. 21-24.

Liam Manning, Aniston McClellan and Joseph Fennell were among the best swimmers in all of Mississippi who were able to compete because they had the  required qualifying entry times.  Competition at this level of swimming is among elite swimmers and now these three are considered the fastest among their age group in all of Mississippi.  Although participating with their teams, individual achievement is what is awarded.
Manning, son of Bradley and Joanna Manning is 15 and a ninth grader at Ingomar Attendance Center and has been competing since he was 11.  
Manning qualified and competed in several events and finished the following: 1650 yard freestyle (8th place), 100 yard breast stroke (11th place), 200 yard breast stroke (16th place), 50 yard free style (13th place), 100 yard freestyle (14th place). He competed in the 800 yard free relay (10th place), 400 yard Free relay (9th place), 400 yard Medley Relay (6th place),  200 yard Free Relay (2nd Place) and 200 yard Medley Relay (1st place).
Aniston McClellan, daughter of Scott and Sheli McClellan, is 12 and a seventh grader at Ingomar Attendance Center. She has been competing for just over a year.  
This is her second state championship competition. She earned 16th place overall in the 11-12 year old 100 yard Breast Stroke and 10th place overall in the 11-12 year old 50 yard Breast Stroke. Ribbons and points are awarded for 9-16th place, medals for first through eighth place.
Joseph Fennell, son of Mac and Laura Fennell is 10 and a fourth grader at New Albany Elementary School. He has been competing for just over a year.
This is his first state championship. He earned four ribbons for 100 yard Free (10th place), 50 yard Breast Stroke (9thplace), 50 yard Free (10th place), 50 yard Back Stroke (12th place) plus, three 6th place medals, in the following events: 50 yard Butterfly, 100yard IM, and 50 yard Breast Stroke.
He and McClellan are part of the Tallahatchie Tidal Waves Swim Team in New Albany.
Ethan Kimbrough, the 6 year old son of Kevin and Sarah Kimbrough, teammate of both McClellan & Fennell, competed in the Mississippi Swimming 8 & Under Developmental Meet in Flowood, MS on Feb. 16. He earned four medals in 25 yard Free (1st place), 25 yard back (2nd place), 50 yard Free (1st place) and 25 yard Butterfly (1st place). Kimbrough has won Top High Point Winner in two other meets and he challenges himself doing Triathlons.
Shaelee Manning, 8 year old, third Grader from Ingomar Attendance Center also attended and won 11th, 13th and 14th place in her age group for 25 yard Back, 25 yard Butterfly and 25 yard Breast Stroke, respectively. Over 170 participants of twelve teams from around Mississippi attended.
McClellan, Fennell, Kimbrough and Manning all swim with the Tallahatchie Tidal Waves Swim Team at the New Albany Baptist Healthplex. Tryouts and sign ups are March 4-7 from 4:30- 6 p.m. for anyone interested in becoming part of the team.  
Contact Head Coach, Joanna Manning at tallahatchieaquatics@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/swimttw for more information.

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