Three distinctly different Division I-Class 5A programs shared the spotlight during the Capital City Swim League’s final regular-season meets Saturday at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.
Defending state champions Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy claimed first-place finishes in the early morning meet. The duo swept the all 22 individual events and had several competitors post state qualifying times.
Baton Rouge High doesn’t have a single state qualifying time. But the Bulldogs still managed to sweep the boys and girls titles during the second meet.
“The girls swam great,” SJA coach Rebecca Barber said. “I was looking for a few of them to get state cuts and some did. We had a lot of best times.”
St. Joseph’s scored 660 points to win the Meet 1 girls division ahead of Dutchtown (314) and St. Michael the Archangel (243). Catholic was just as impressive with a comparable 657 total to win the boys division. Brusly (253) edged Dutchtown (248) for second.
“We had a good day today,” Catholic coach Doug Logsdon said. “We qualified Chase Brouillette in the 100 breast and Sam Gianfala in the 500 free. Our sprint freestyle (relay) was good. It was a good end to the season, (we’re) looking forward to city meet prelims.”
All teams are now set to compete in the CCSL Championships on Nov. 1-2.
Baton Rouge High did its damage with a series of lower-place finishes and relays. Sara Ye, who won the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 27.22 seconds, was the individual winner for the BRHS girls. Jamie Nguyen won the 500 freestyle (6:23.75) for the BRHS boys. The Bulldogs won all three girls relays and one boys relay.
BRHS won the girls title with 456 points. Dunham (271) squeezed by University (265) for second.
The Bulldogs scored 330 points on the boys side, ahead of West Feliciana (269) and U-High (241).
“I couldn’t be prouder of this group,” BRHS coach George Newport said. “There’s not a year-round swimmer in the group or a state qualifier. But they’ve done a good job. This is especially impressive for the boys because we swam today without some people.”
The power displayed by SJA and Catholic in the first meet was notable. The Redstickers’ Mary Claire Beaver and Catholic’s Brady Grenfell won back-to-back events. Beaver won the 50 freestyle (26.13 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:01.74). Ditto that for Grenfell, who won the 50 in 22.73 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 54.29. Clayton Black was the other double winner for SJA. Nick Seagraves also won two events for Catholic.
Christian Life’s Anna Morris, Dunham’s Olivia Huffman and Runnels’ Jordyn Miller were girls double winners in Meet 2. Dunham’s Kirkland Mawae and Central’s Matthew Arnold were the boys double winners.