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June 7, 2014

MSA swim team members claim gold at State Games

MERIDIAN — Megan Heggie clocked a time of 3:20.76 in the 200 individual medley at the 9-and-10-year-old swim meet to claim a first-place finish and a gold medal in the 2014 State Games of Mississippi Friday.

Heggie, a Meridian native and Meridian Swim Association team member, outlasted two other MSA members, Lauren Kirchhefer and Micah Crum, who clocked times of 3:31.99 and 3:45.20, respectively.  

“It feels really good to achieve a gold medal and know all my hard work is paying off,” Heggie said.

Heggie’s time breaks a MSA team record of 3:19.76 that the swimmer had previously set in the event.

“It’s amazing watching her turn into the swimmer that she has become,” said Wade Heggie, Megan’s father and MSA team coach. “I really enjoy just watching her compete. It’s not about the medals, or the records, and that’s all great, but just spending time with her is a lot of fun and seeing her achieve her goals.”

Added Megan, “It’s a really great feeling. I competed hard and gave my best effort.”

Not to be undone, Rhet Hailey, also a MSA team member, claimed a gold medal in the 800-meter boys freestyle with a time of 9:34.13.

Hailey, who bested Ethan Heinrich of Laurel, attributes his first-place finish thanks in large part to the time and effort he spends in the pool.

“That’s pretty awesome,” Hailey said of winning a gold medal. “I practice five days a week and for two hours. So it’s nice to see that pay off with all the time I put into it.”

Added Wade, “Rhett is out here every single day of the week. He does not take any time off, and it’s great to see all his hard work be rewarded.”

Additionally, Hailey’s time also set the MSA record in the event by a 12-second margin, a record previously held by close friend and confidant Nick Goszkowicz.

“(Nick) broke my old record (in March),” Hailey said. “So I may have to go let him know about this (record) time.”

Swimming events will continue at 10:30 a.m. today with participants competing in completions ranging from relays, fly, back, breast and free strokes.

“We’ve got a lot of great events scheduled for (today),” Wade said. “A lot of people will be specializing in the events. So that will be a lot of fun to watch, and we’ll see what happens.”

 

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