SULPHUR — The LHSAA State swim meet kicked off with the Divisions III and IV prelims Wednesday at the SPAR Aquatics Center.
Notre Dame senior and SMU-commitment Erin Trahan had a career night, breaking her LHSAA state record in the 100-yard butterfly by almost a full second with a time of 54.40 seconds and her Division III record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.28 seconds, just .17 seconds shy of the LHSAA record.
“It feels pretty awesome,” Trahan said. “The butterfly felt really good. It was smooth and easy. Hopefully I can go even faster (Thursday). I was really close to the state record in the 50-yard freestyle. I just have to kick a little harder (Thursday).”
Other record-breakers Wednesday included The Dunham School’s Olivia Huffman, who broke her own Division IV record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.73 seconds and Westminster Christian junior Jennifer Johnson who broke a 15-year-old Division IV record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.42 seconds.
Episcopal boys and girls are the defending Division III champions.
The EHS boys earned six spots in Thursday’s championship heats with no top qualifiers, while the girls team will have eight, its sole top qualifier being junior Chanler Turnley, who finished the 100-yard freestyle in 54.32 seconds.
The E.D. White boys team might have a good shot at taking the Division III title after earning 13 spots in the championship heats, including four top qualifiers. The Cardinals opened the preliminaries by winning the 200-yard medley relay and went on to win the 200-yard frestyle relay as well.
Cardinals senior Jay Danos also had a big outing, finishing the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 53.14 seconds for a top spot in the race Wednesday.
The Parkview Baptist girls team also performed well, producing the top qualifiers in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard IM, as Jolee Liles finished the race in a time of 2:12.08.
Parkview Baptist seventh- grader Rylee Moore also earned a top spot in the 100-yard backstroke.
The Ascension Episcopal girls swimming team put itself in good position to win the Division IV team title, as the Gators earned a combined 12 spots in the championship heats.
The Lady Gators qualified first in all three relays, and AES freshman Jillian Barczyk earned a best time in the 200-yard freestyle of 1:56.20, just three seconds shy of the Division IV record.
The Newman boys team also had an impressive night, as at least two members of the squad finished in the top eight of every individuals race Wednesday, allowing them to garner 18 spots in Thursday’s championship heats.
The Greenies won the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay, while senior Donovan Bendana won the 200-yard IM and Connor Page qualified first in the100-yard butterfly