Since he has a large number of swimmers on his team, Crawfish Aquatics coach Billy Newport doesn’t like to single out individual competitors.
But after Crawfish Aquatics dominated the team scoring in Sunday’s finals of the Louisiana Long Course swimming championships at UNO’s Lakefront Arena Aquatic Center, one swimmer’s accomplishment stood out.
Crawfish Aquatics’ Rylee Moore, a 14-year-old, soon-to-be-freshman at Parkview Baptist, achieved a Junior National qualifying time in the girl’s 200 meter backstroke with a time of 2 minutes, 17.84 seconds.
“It’s a team effort for us and we always try to treat it that way, even though it’s an individual sport,” Newport said after his club’s estimated 150 swimmers easily topped the team scoring with 6,052 points.
It was Crawfish Aquatics’ 23rd title in short course yards or long course meets since 2005.
Tiger Aquatics, also based in Baton Rouge, finished second with 2,497 points. Nu Wave Swim Club (New Orleans) was third with 2,186. City of Lafayette Aquatics (2,081) was fourth and Mandeville’s Franco’s Fins placed fifth (1,959) among the 22 teams that provided 704 swimmers for the four-day event.
“This happens months ahead of (this weekend) obviously ... with the work ethic and dedication of our kids,” Newport said. “We’re very pleased, very pleased with the overall results.
“This requires a lot of sacrifice."
Moore was one of only two Crawfish swimmers to lead their individual age groups in total points. Moore had a 131 total in the girls 13-14 year-old scoring. Olivia Huffman of Crawfish edged her teammate Jennifer Johnson in the girls’ senior group, 116-107.
Tiger Aquatics had two swimmers finish atop their respective age groups.
Abby Dunford (120 points) led the 11-12 girls and William Dejean (20) the 12-and-under boys.
Kendall Jollands of Crescent City Swim Club broke the 8-and-under girls 50-meter butterfly record with a time of 37.60 seconds, erasing a record that was established last year.
Nu Wave's Thomas Vanderbrook, an Indiana University signee who also swims with Crescent City, led the senior boys scorers with 130 points.
Nu Wave had three point leaders in their respective age brackets. Enzo Solatrio was the 10-year-old high point winner (125 points), Derek Zhang the 12-year old winner (134) and Phillip Endom the 13-14 year-old leader (108). Endom was also the top point getter in the Short Course state championships.