One of the most popular Rolling Stones hits proclaims, “You can’t always get what you want … you get what you need.”
Team champions Catholic High, Episcopal, St. Joseph’s Academy and Lutcher managed to do both on Saturday.
The four schools claimed team titles, garnered added state-qualifying times and saw competitors improve on the final day of the Capital City Swim League’s regular season.
Two meets were held at the Crawfish Aquatics pool, allowing 21 teams to compete one last time before next week’s Capital City Swim League Championships.
“I was very pleased,” Catholic coach Doug Logsdon said after the 12-team morning session. “We got seven new state qualifiers, and I was happy with the way we were able to swim faster.
“We’re at the point in the season where we know we need to get faster every single time we can in order to reach the goals we’ve been working toward for three months for.”
The Bears, who won all their CCSL meets, tallied 639 points to win the boys division ahead of University (255) and Baton Rouge Magnet High (204).
Episcopal claimed its third straight girls victory of the year in the morning session by scoring 346 points. Dutchtown (266) and BRHS (224) were next.
“I was very impressed,” Episcopal coach Alex Rayner said. “We had a few more state qualifiers, and I thought we did real well in several events, including the butterfly.
“We didn’t have specific goals. This is the time of year when you work the kinks out and get ready for the City and state meets.”
St. Joseph’s Academy and Lutcher picked up wins in the nine-team afternoon meet using similar strategies.
SJA coach Lyle Robelot had some competitors take the weekend off or swim events other than their specialties.
The Redstickers still tallied 588 points to win the girls title, ahead of Lutcher (334) and East Ascension (226).
Lutcher coach Lanny Remondet gave younger swimmers a chance at posting qualifying marks, and nine did. The Bulldogs rolled up 494 points to win the boys division. Denham Springs (262.5) and Zachary (188), were second and third, respectively.
“We told them this meet was more about individuals and that we weren’t as worried about the team scores,” Remondet said. “Most of them did improve their times, and we got some more qualifying marks, which is also good.”
Robelot added, “This was a meet we used to get some of our swimmers more experience, and I thought we also had some good times.”
There were four double winners in the morning meet — two in each division.
Dutchtown High’s Alyssa Dilldine is best known as a distance specialist. On Saturday, Dilldine completed the sprint double, winning the girls 50- (26.03 seconds) and 100-yard (56.12) freestyles.
The Griffins’ Sara Lessard won the 100 butterfly (1 minute, 4.44 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:18.81).
Grant Grenfell and Colin Finnegan were double winners for Catholic. Grenfell won the 200 individual medley (2:00.33) and 100 butterfly (52.97), while Finnegan won the 50 freestyle (23.53) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.52).
Catholic won all three boys relays and six of the eight individual events. Braydon Bergeron (100 freestyle) and Casey Panepinto (500 freestyle) were other winners for the Bears.
The Episcopal girls won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and had a number of competitors place in the top eight.
Two East Ascension swimmers, Hannah Core (50, 25.43 and 100, 55.87 freestyles) and Mason Hutchinson (200 IM, 2:08.80; 100 butterfly, 56.17), were afternoon double winners.
St. Joseph’s swept all three girls relays and won four individual events with MC Beaver (100 butterfly), Cameron Balkom (200 individual medley), Katie Cazes (500 freestyle) and Joanne Tribou (100 breaststroke).
Lutcher won two of the three boys relays and had two individual winners: Mark Pousson (50 freestyle) and Blake Laiche (100 backstroke).