BOYS

Outstanding Swimmer: Jared Williams, Newman

Before he swam one event during his senior season at Newman, Jared Williams already was being looked upon as a leader for the three-time defending state champion Greenies.

The graduation of five seniors vital to those previous Division IV state titles, not to mention Williams’ excellence in the pool, ensured that he would be looked upon to lead his squad.

Though Newman finished shy of its goal to win its fourth consecutive Division IV championship, Williams kept the Greenies in the hunt. His time of 59.60 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke was the fastest in all classes of metro-area swimmers this year, as was his time of 49.79 in the 100-yard butterfly.

He was named the Division IV Most Outstanding Swimmer at state for the second year (since transferring in from Jacksonville, Florida), and he is The New Orleans’ Advocate’s Most Outstanding Male Swimmer for 2014.

“I went from being an impact player to having to be an immediate leader,” Williams said. “I was one of two boy captains on the team, and because we were extremely young, I knew my teammates would be looking to me for some guidance.”

Newman finished third in the Division IV Louisiana State Championship team totals — 17 points behind first-place Episcopal.

Williams made a verbal commitment last month to swim for Georgia Tech, where he plans to major in computer engineering. He said Yellow Jackets coaches already have impressed on him the importance of continuing the leadership role he assumed at Newman.

THE TEAM

Christopher Simmons/Jesuit

50-yard freestyle

21.08

Christopher Simmons/Jesuit

100-yard freestyle

46.71

Michael Conrad/Jesuit

200-yard freestyle

1:44.37

Michael Conrad/Jesuit

500-yard freestyle

4:41.73

Thomas Vanderbrook/Rummel

100-yard backstroke

52.39

Jared Williams/Newman

100-yard breaststroke

59.60

Jared Williams/Newman

100-yard butterfly

49.79

Thomas Vanderbrook/Rummel

200-yard individual medley

1:55.57

200-Yard Medley Relay/Jesuit

Francis Plough, Sam Johnson, Cade Fuxan, Chris Simmons (1:37.97)

200-Yard Freestyle Relay/Jesuit

Chris Simmons, Cade Fuxan, Jack Jackson, Francis Plough (1:27.03)

400-Yard Freestyle Relay/Jesuit

Josh Armond, Jack Jackson, Patrick Cecola, Michael Conrad (3:18.78)

Coach of the Year

Bret Hanemann/Jesuit

GIRLS

Outstanding Swimmers: Lia Joslin and Megan Loop, Mandeville

Mandeville High has produced some of Louisiana’s best girls swimming teams in recent years, and that is due in large measure to Megan Loop and Lia Joslin.

The dynamic duo has practically been synonymous with success since they arrived four years ago. Loop and Joslin again led the metro area in two individual events each this season. For their recent (and continued) excellence, they have been selected co-MVPs of The New Orleans Advocate’s 2014 All-Metro girls swimming team.

Loop logged the best metro-area time in the 200-yard free this season (1:51.33) and also led in the 500-yard free (4:57.71). The latter time was good enough to earn her a Division I state title last month in Sulphur.

Joslin had the New Orleans area’s best times in the 100-yard fly (57.22) and the 200-yard IM (2:10.02). She had the fourth-best metro area time in the 100 free and the fifth-best time in the 50 free.

Both were part of the Mandeville High relays that swam the area’s best time in both the 200-yard free relay (1:41.48) and the 400-yard free relay (3:45.92). Those quartets both finished second to eventual state champ St. Joseph’s Academy at the Division I state meet. The Skippers also finished second in team scoring to St. Joseph’s the past two years at state.

Loop and Joslin will be spending more time together, as both have committed to swim at LSU next season. They are excited about the opportunity to continue the winning bond in Baton Rouge.

THE TEAM

Genevieve Mattei/Dominican

50-yard freestyle

24.12

Madeleine Rawls/St. Scholastica

100-yard freestyle

53.28

Megan Loop/Mandeville

200-yard freestyle

1:51.33

Megan Loop/Mandeville

500-yard freestyle

4:57.71

Maddie McGraw/Mt. Carmel

100-yard backstroke

58.92

Denise Frantz/Mandeville

100-yard breaststroke

1:04.86

Lia Joslin/Mandeville

100-yard butterfly

57.22

Lia Joslin/Mandeville

200-yard individual medley

2:10.02

200-Yard Medley Relay/Mt. Carmel

Maddie McGraw, Kaylin Swoboda, Abby Mahl, Caroline Cannon (1:53.02)

200-Yard Freestyle Relay/Mandeville

Lia Joslin, Heidi Fritscher, Denise Frantz, Megan Loop (1:41.48)

400-Yard Freestyle Relay/Mandeville

Lia Joslin, Heidi Fritscher, Charlotte Shackelford, Megan Loop (3:45.92)

Coach of the Year

Chris Prator/St. Scholastica