Swim team, former board member recognized during Board of Trustees meeting

Picayune Memorial High School’s Swim Team was recognized for their success this season during Tuesday’s meeting of the Picayune School District Board of Trustees.


Coach Rachel Rutherford told the board the team had to dealt with a lot COVID-19 relate restrictions which impacted their ability to prepare for the South State meet, which is the qualifying meet for the State Championships.

Rutherford said that what the team accomplished despite the small number of swimmers on the team was incredible.


“With just six girls, this team was still able to finish 9th out of 18 teams and that’s against teams up north in Mississippi and other places on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that are able to swim year round. I was shocked!” she told the board.

.Rutherford is excited about the future of the team which will return every member and the versatility of the team members.


“Every person our our team swam in an event beyond just the normal free-style, which is one of my goals. I want them to be successful in every stroke they swim.”


The results for the individuals, pictured above L-R were:

· Ryder Burge: 7th in 200 IM and 8th in 100 fly,

· Kylie Burnette: 5th in 200 IM and 2nd in 100 fly

· Lily Ginn: 14th in 200 free and 10th in 100 back

· Heidi Hill: Freestyle in 200 Medley Relay

· Jacey Luckie: 13th in 200 IM

· Emily Mitchell: alternate swimmer for both relays

· Lauren Stevenson: 13th in 200 free

· Addison Taggard: 16th in 200 IM

· Girls 200 Medley Relay placed 6th: Lily Ginn, Lauren Stevenson, Kylie Burnette, Heidi Hill

· Girls 400 Freestyle Relay placed 6th: Lily Ginn, Lauren Stevenson, Addison Taggard, Kylie Burnette

· Girls placed 9th overall out of 18 teams

· Boys (Ryder) placed 15th overall in 17 teams


Also during the meeting, former board member Edward Stubbs was recognized for his contributions to the district.


Kellie Watts, PMHS student, made a special plaque for Mr. Stubbs for his 15 years of services to the board of trustees from March 2005 through March 2020.



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