SULPHUR — Another Louisiana Short Course Swimming Championship meet brought more hardware for two local teams.
Crawfish Aquatics won its 18th state title over a 10-year span by rolling up 6,514.50 points during the annual meet that concluded Sunday at the SPAR Aquatic Center. Meanwhile, Tiger Aquatic Club placed third, just 51 points out of second place.
“It was more about the swims than the points,” Crawfish coach Billy Newport said. “I thought all 3 1/2 days our staff was very pleased top to bottom with the effort we got.
“There was consistency throughout the meet and a lot of best times. They hung in there tonight in the last session, which is tough after four days, and had some nice swims. Again, it was from top to bottom in all the age groups.”
Franco’s Fins (1,807.50) and the City of the Lafayette Swim Team (1,631.50) completed the top five teams. COLA claimed the sportsmanship award.
Two Crawfish swimmers, Colin Bone and Erin Trahan, were selected as the swimmers of the meet. Both also were the high-point winners in the 17-and-over age group. Each was involved in notable 50-yard freestyle races.
Trahan won the girls open 50 free in 23.82 seconds, just edging teammate Caroline Beene (23.86). Bone won the boys open 50 free in 21.11.
Crawfish Aquatics entered the final session with a 4,796 points and a sizeable lead. And the local squad continued to add to its total.
The big question was who would place second. Tiger Aquatic Club (2,043.50 points) and Nu Wave (2,039) were locked in a battle for second place. TAQ coach Jeannine Malbrough was happy with her team’s effort.
“I have no voice left … but I’m pleased with how we did,” Malbrough said. “We had swimmers who trained for a long meet and performed well. They really stepped it up in the morning to make it back, particularly Braden Nyboer and all our distance swimmers, starting with Claire Charpentier.
“Clayton Black’s 200 IM and the 50 free. ... We really did have some outstanding swims.”
In addition to Bone and Trahan, Rylee Moore (11-12 girls), Michael Dela Rosa (11-12 boys), Jolee Liles (13-14 girls) and Sion Cavana (13-14 boys) won high-point awards for Crawfish. TAQ’s Black (15-16 girls) and Nyboer (15-16 boys) also were high-point winners.
The final session started with the 1,650-yard freestyle. TAQ’s Claire Charpentier won the girls 15- to-16-year-old division in 17:49.39. Liles won the girls 13-14 200 backstroke (2:06.50), while Olivia Huffman won the 15-16 200 back (2:08.93),
Dela Rosa of Crawfish was a double winner in the 11-12 division. He won the 100 breaststroke (1:06.76) and 100 IM (1:03.39).
Moore in the 11-12 100 IM (1:04.42). Caroline Beene in the open 200 IM (2:06.60) and Ashlyn Hunt 15-16 200 IM (2:09.38) were also event winners on Sunday night for the Crawfish girls.
Landon Godso in the 13-14 100 breaststroke (1:05.27), Cavana in the 13-14 50 free (23.12 seconds), Miles Jantzi in the boys 13-14 200 backstroke (2:02.13), Tung Nguyen in the 10-and-under 100 breaststroke (1:22.39), Kirkland Mawae in the open 200 IM (1:56.27), Landon Futch in the open 200 backstroke (1:53.35) and Michael Padial in the 13-14 200 IM (2:04.48) were other boys winners for Crawfish on Sunday.
Nyboer in the 15-16 1,650 (16:13.93). Jonathan McKeough in the 15-16 100 breaststroke (59.62) were TAQ’s Sunday boys winners.
City of Lafayette’s Jillian Barczyk won the 13-14 girls (17:46.83) and 50 freestyle (25.33 seconds).