The Mandeville girls and Jesuit boys defended their titles by winning the Metro New Orleans High School Swim League Metro Championships which concluded Nov. 1 at the University Of New Orleans.
Jesuit scored 397.5 points to easly outpace second-place Mandeville, which scored 276 points.
St. Paul’s finished third with 200 points.
Mandeville’s girls tallied 334 points, to edge Dominican, which scored 299.5 points. Mt. Carmel placed third with 270.5.
“I try not to put any expectations on myself, because it can put a lot of pressure on you,” said Mandeville’s Megan Loop, who was named the girls most outstanding swimmer in the meet. “I just try to have the attitude of do better each time.”
That wasn’t a problem for the senior Skipper, who won both the 200 freestyle (1:52.29); and the 500 freestyle (5:02.53.) The latter event she clinched by more than 20 seconds.
“This puts us in the right frame of mind going into state,” Loop said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Mandeville teammate Lia Joslin, another senior, won the 200 IM (2:10.02) and the 100 fly (57.98) on Saturday.
The Mandeville girls set a meet record in the 200-free relay with a time of 1:38.76. The trend-setting quartet was composed of Joslin, Heidi Fritscher, Denise Frantz, and Loop.
Mt. Carmel’s Maddie McGraw and St. Scholastica’s Madeleine Rawls also won two events each.
On the boys side, Jesuit jumped to an early (and expected) lead, and held onto it until the end.
Chris Simmons was awarded boys most valuable swimmer honors. He won both the 50 free (21.57); and the 100 free (47.44.) Michael Conrad won the 200 free (1:47.97) and the 500 free (4:47.48.) Newman’s Jared Williams won two individual events in the metro meet.
Prelminary swims to qualify for Saturday’s finals were held Oct. 31.
The state championships will be held Nov. 19-22 in Sulphur.