Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lancers Do It Again: 3 State Titles in Row

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lancers Do It Again: 3 State Titles in Row

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According to senior Michael Tucker, Lafayette High gave its opponents "the chair for the third year in a row" Saturday at the Missouri high school swimming and diving championships.

The slogan "Give them the chair" appears on the warmup shirts of the Lancers, who three-peated as state champions with an emphatic victory over host Columbia Hickman.

Lafayette finished with 187 points, followed by Hickman (158 points), Marquette (117) and Parkway Central (68). "It's baseball lingo," Tucker said, "meaning after you strike out, head back to your dugout. You know, `Sit down.' " After building a huge lead over Hickman in the preliminaries, Lafayette did more than just go through the motions Saturday. The Lancers placed first in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay and had three individual first-place finishes and two second places. Tucker, who set a state record in the 200 individual medley in the preliminaries, established two state marks Saturday. First, Tucker trimmed time from his 200 IM mark for a record of 1 minute 52.40 seconds. Later his 51.56 tied the mark in the 100 backstroke, a record set three years ago by former Lafayette standout Andrew Carton. "I was a freshman and I remember watching (Andrew) set that," Tucker said. "I remember thinking, `There's no way I'll ever be that fast.' But Coach (Jean Chard) kept telling me to stick with it and that he thought someday that I could do it." Lafayette senior Michael Lybarger was the other Lancer to win an individual event, finishing the 100 breaststroke in 59.42. Lance Williams also placed second in both the 200 freestyle (1:45.61) and the 500 free (4:43.09). Kris Morrow is the other Lafayette senior who has been a part of all three championships. He was fifth in the 50 free (21.89) and the 100 free (49.25). "We were certainly able to step up to the plate," Chard said. …

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