Girls Swimmer of the Year
Madelyn Byrd, Northshore
Madelyn Byrd had to make a decision.
She was involved in three sports, and her schedule was getting hectic, and her mother encouraged her to choose one.
Would it be softball? Dancing? Or Swimming?
"I said swimming would be perfect," recalls Byrd. "I just enjoyed it a lot more than the others. It was a unique sport because everyone is so close."
Byrd, a senior at Northshore High School, is the Most Outstanding Swimmer on The New Orleans Advocate's All-Metro Team.
She won the 100 backstroke (57.73), the 100 butterfly (57.93) and was on the winning 200 medley relay team at the LHSAA Division I state championship meet. She also named Most Outstanding Swimmer at the meet.
It was her first time winning an individual state title after finishing second in her two events as a junior.
"This season was definitely the most successful one out of all the state meets I had competed in," Byrd said.
Byrd will swim in college at Delta State University in Mississippi.
"It was a perfect fit for me," Byrd said.
Madelyn Byrd, Northshore, Senior (Most Outstanding Swimmer)
Won the 100 backstroke (57.73), the 100 butterfly (57.93) and was on winning 200 medley team at Division I meet.
Gabriela Fouchi, St. Scholastica, Junior
Won the 50 freestyle (24.16) and was on winning 200 and 400 free relay teams at Division II state meet
Kathryn Mipro, Cabrini, Junior
Won the 100 freestyle (53.66) at the Division III state championship meet
Hannah Morris, Dominican, Junior
Won the 500 free style (5:10.41) and the 200 individual medley (2:10.16) at the Division I meet
Gabriella O'Neal, St. Scholastica, Sophomore
Won the 200 freestyle (1:55.51) and was on the winning 200 and 400 free relay teams at Division II meet
Kaylin Swoboda, Mount Carmel, Senior
Finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.86) at the Division I state championship meet
Boys Swimmer of the Year
Charles Korndorffer, Jesuit
Charles Korndorffer took his first swimming lessons when he was 3 or 4 years old.
"It was mostly just for safety reasons, because everybody should know how to swim," Kornforffer said.
But then he kept swimming more and more.
"By the time I got to the eighth grade, I started getting really competitive," he said.
Fast-forward to 2017, when Kordorffer swam his way to the top.
Korndorffer, a junior at Jesuit, is Most Outstanding Swimmer on The New Orleans Advocate's All-Metro Team.
He won the 100 backstroke (49.72) and the 100 butterfly (49.13) at the LHSAA Division I state championship meet. He set new state records in both events.
In addition, he was on the winning relay teams in the200 medley and the 400 free style. The 200 medley also set a new state record (1:34.74). In the process, he helped Jesuit capture the team state title. He was named Most Outstanding Swimmer in the Division I meet.
It was a bit of redemption after finishing second in his two individual races as a sophomore.
"I'm really proud of the season I had, but I'm especially proud of the team, though," Korndorffer said. "The team victory is what matters the most."
All Metro Team
Charles Korndorffer, Jesuit, Junior (Most Outstanding Swimmer)
Won the 100 backstroke (49.72) and the 100 butterfly (49.13) and was on two winning relay teams at Division I state meet.
Adam Coignet, Rummel, Senior
Won the 100 breaststroke (58.75) at the Division I state meet
Davis Edwards, Jesuit, Junior
Finished third in the 500 freestyle in an area-best time of 4:42.44 at the Division I state meet
Michael Foley, Jesuit, Sophomore
Finished second in the 100 freestyle (46.31) and 200 freestyle (1:41.28) and was on two winning relays at the Division I meet
Owen Martin, Thomas Jefferson, Senior
Won the 200 individual medley (1:55.47) at the Division II state championship meet
Myers Morgan, St. Paul's, Senior
Won the 50 freestyle (21.47) at the Division I state championship meet