Warren Central swimmer Mateo Byrd is the Post’s Athlete of the Week – The Vicksburg Post


Warren Central swimmer Mateo Byrd is the Post’s Athlete of the Week

Posted at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Mateo Byrd has succeeded in his quest to swim it all – and become the Vicksburg Post Athlete of the Week.

The Warren Central swimmer received 238 of 664 votes cast in an online poll by The Post readers to become the latest winner of the weekly award.

Vicksburg High volleyball player Kennedy Mullins finished second in voting, with 169 votes. St. Aloysius swimmer Jon Daniel Busby was third with 155 votes, and Porter’s Chapel Academy football player Ty Mack was fourth with 102.

Byrd won two events at the VWSD Rumble on the River meet on September 23 at City Pool. He finished first in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.32 and competed in the winning 400-m freestyle relay with Noah Jones, Ashtin Wallace and Jacob Byrd. The same team finished second in the 200m freestyle relay.

Even more impressively, Byrd qualified for the MHSAA Class II North State competition in all 11 events, despite only being allowed to compete in four. The North State meet will be held Oct. 14 at Delta State University in Cleveland.

Congratulations to Mateo and the other nominees, and thank you to our readers for voting.

Nominees for the Athlete of the Week award are announced weekly on Sunday evening and voting is open until midnight Tuesday. Links to the survey will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is the sports editor of the Vicksburg Post. He has been a member of the Vicksburg Post sports team since 1998, making him one of the longest-serving reporters in the paper’s 139-year history. The New Jersey native graduated from LSU. During his career, he won more than 50 Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press awards for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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