SULPHUR — No team from the Lafayette area got to hoist a trophy on the final day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association state swim meet.
But the performances of sophomores Ashlyn Hunt of Lafayette High and Grace Horton of St. Thomas More were among the signs pointing to a bright future. Hunt and Horton each won an individual event during the separate competitions for their teams.
Horton helped St. Thomas More claim a fifth-place girls finish in the Division II action that helped open Saturday’s final day of competition at the SPAR Aquatic Center.
St. Scholastica ran away with the team title. Horton won the 100-yard backstroke in 59.58 seconds. She also placed second SSA’s Madeleine Rawls in the 100 freestyle in 54.14. Rawls was voted the Outstanding Girls Swimmer in Division II.
STM scored 210 points in the girls division and finished 10th among the boys teams with 74 points.
When the Cougars finished their competition, Hunt and junior Jacob Bares helped set the pace for Lafayette High in the Division I portion of the meet.
Hunt recorded the top qualifying times in two events during Friday’s preliminary heats held Friday. She didn’t win both Saturday, but her victory in the 100 butterfly was memorable.
“I was hoping to go a best time, but I didn’t think I’d go that fast,” Hunt said. “I’m very happy with that.”
Hunt had every reason to be happy about it. Her winning time of 56.36 seconds was not far off consideration for All-America honors.
“I feel like our team has grown, and I’m really looking forward to the next two years,” Hunt added.
Bares provided another highlight by placing second in the boys 100 breaststroke in 59.06 seconds. He was one of only three boys to crack the one-minute barrier.
Lafayette High finished in eighth place in the girls division with 103 points and ninth in the boys competition with 69. Two Baton Rouge teams, Catholic High (boys) and St. Joseph’s Academy (girls), won the Division I team titles. Ruston was the Division II boys team champion.