Gabrielle Ivey knew she has some tough competition when she stepped onto the starting block, but she didn’t let it rattle her.
The Ocean Springs freshman defended her state championship with state-record time in the 200-yard freestyle in Saturday’s MHSAA Class II State Swim Championships at the Tupelo Aquatic Center.
Ivey won the event in 1 minute, 52.62 seconds to break the state mark of 1:53.02 in a race against Tupelo senior Celeste Turner, who posted the fastest time in the meet’s preliminaries, and Madison Central’s Ella Gibbs.
“I was a little intimidated,” said Ivey, who won last year’s 200 free state championship as an eighth grader. “I just wanted to go out and swim my best time. I wanted to stay with them.”
Later in the meet, Ivey set a second state record with her 57.95 clocking in the 100-yard backstroke.
Other winners from the Coast were:
▪ Class I 50-yard freestyle: Alexander Fuller, St. Stanislaus 23.31
▪ Class I 200-yard IM: Christian McKee, St. Patrick 2:06.22; Cait Chandler, Vancleave 2:17.14;
▪ Class I 200- freestyle relay: Saint Stanislaus (John Prikasky, Boyd Housey, Peyton Cabell, Alexander Fuller) 1:35.13
▪ Class I 100-breastroke: Alden Macomber, St. Stanislaus 1:05.89.
In Class II boys, Tupelo won its 11th straight state team title. Ocean Springs was sixth, Biloxi eigthth, Hancock 14th.
In Class II girls, Madison Central was the champion. Ocean Springs was fifth, Picayune sixth and St. Martin 11th.
In Class I boys, St. Andrews was the winner. St. Stanislaus was third, St. Patrick fourth, Vancleave fifth, Pass Christian seventh.
In Class I girls, St. Joseph was the winner. Our Lady Academy was third, Vancleave fourth, St. Patrick eighth, Pass Christian 10th.