A dominating performance by St. Joseph’s Academy left little doubt about who won the girls division at Saturday’s Capital City Swim League Meet.
It was different story in the boys competition. Denham Springs had the top two finishers in the 100-yard breaststroke and then placed fifth in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, to hold off Parkview Baptist for the boys division title.
“It was a good effort,” St. Joseph’s Academy coach Lyle Robelot said. “I was really impressed by our times, especially in the relays today.
“We were without three of our top relay swimmers who were involved in a car accident on the way to practice yesterday. They’re OK and they’ll be back. I was impressed with the times the other girls put up.”
SJA finished with 557 points for the meet held at the Crawfish Aquatics pool. The Dunham School (198) edged University (188), East Ascension (186) and Zachary (172) for the title in the 12-team meet.
The late flurry gave Denham Springs 300 points to win the 12-team boys division ahead of Parkview Baptist (283), East Ascension (274.5) and University (238.5).
“We’ve got a sophomore who is a year-round swimmer and some seniors who have been working very hard,” Denham Springs coach Kayla Meadors said. “This just shows that hard work really does pay off.”
Brady Coleman won the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 10.41 seconds and teammate Cole McCurdy was second (1:16.19) setting the stage for the final event. Coleman also finished second in the 200 freestyle.
Parkview garnered 40 points for winning the 400 relay. But by tallying 28 points with a fifth place, the Yellow Jackets locked up the title.
The dominating effort by St. Joseph’s was deceptive. The Redstickers did not win every individual event.
Lindsay Haggman posted an impressive win in the 50 freestyle in 26.05 seconds. MK Miller (100 butterfly, 1:02.28) and Victoria Padial (100 backstroke, 1:04.13) were the other individual winners for St. Joseph’s.
The Redstickers won all three relays — the 200 medley (2:04.10), 200 freestyle (1:51.81) and the 400 freestyle (4:04.91).
Under CCSL league rules, schools can enter more than one relay team in an event, but only the highest finishing relay can score points.
St. Joseph’s posted the top three relay times in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, but only the winning time scored points.
Parkview Baptist’s John Miller was a double winner in the boys division, placing first in the 200 (1:55.28) and 500 (5:04.93) freestyles.
Denham Springs also won the boys 200 freestyle relay in 1:40.10, edging East Ascension by four-tenths of a second.