Two Capital City Swim League meets held Saturday offered a display of extremes.
Baton Rouge High and Dutchtown claimed the top honors during the hotly contested morning meet at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.
One title was decided by just four points as Baton Rouge High edged Dutchtown 427-423 to win the girls title in the morning.
Defending league championships Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy provided the big finish. The teams combined to score 1,315 points to win the team titles at the afternoon that closed out the second Saturday of regular-season meets.
“We had some great races,” Catholic coach Doug Logsdon said. “We’re very pleased with today’s outcome.”
The Dunham School’s Olivia Huffman and Jordan Miller of Runnels were the girls double winners in the morning meet. Huffman won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke, while Miller took first in the 100 butterfly and 500. Kaitlyn Larzelere (200 freestyle) and Lilly May (100 freestyle) led Dutchtown. East Ascension (293) was third in the team standings.
Baton Rouge High’s George Penniman won the 50 and 100 freestyles, while East Ascension’s David Boylan won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. Boylan edged Dutchtown freshman Zachary Babin by less than two seconds, winning in 5 minutes, 14.45 seconds to provide one of the morning meet’s highlights.
But Dutchtown won the team title with 416 points, ahead of BRHS (369) and East Ascension (354). Wesley Daniel (100 back) was the lone individual winner for the Griffins.
The afternoon meet was Catholic’s only scheduled regular-season league meet this fall. The Bears made the most of it by winning all 11 events while scoring 654 points to place well ahead of Walker (218) and Denham Springs (213). SJA did likewise, scoring 661 points to outdistance Denham Springs (225) and St. Michael (159).
Last year’s reigning CCSL MVPs, Colin Bone of Catholic and Clayton Black of SJA, were among the double winners.
Bone, an Auburn commitment, won the 200 and 50 freestyles. Black was the 200 and 500 winner for the Redstickers. Braden Nyboer (200 IM, 500) was the double winner for the Bears, who did it with depth. The Bears took the top three places in all but three events.
Bethany Seagraves (200 IM, 100 backstroke). SJA swept the top three finishes in all 11 girls events.
Consistency across the board was uncanny for both Catholic and St. Joseph’s. In the 100 freestyle, Nicholas Romero won in 51.13 with Richard and Sion Cavana also finishing under 52 seconds.
It was similar to the SJA trio led by Bailey Viera, who won the girls 100 freestyle in 1:02.35, with Sidney Gahagan and Claire Bass coming in under 1:03.
“I was very pleased with how we competed today,” said Catholic’s Carter Richard, who had two second-place finishes. “I thought we did a great job of supporting each other.
“We had a lot of high school bests and overall personal bests. It was what you want.”