SULPHUR — Many high school teams strive to make history on the final day of their seasons.
The Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy swim teams can say they’ve done it multiple times over.
St. Joseph’s won its fifth straight title, and Catholic claimed its third title in a row in Division I to close out the four-day Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA state swim meet held at the SPAR Aquatic Center.
“This is history,” Catholic coach Doug Logsdon said. “We’ve never won three in a row, and I can’t say enough about these guys and how they pulled together and worked as a team.”
St. Joseph’s scored 472 points to outdistance Mandeville (261) and Mount Carmel (260.5). Catholic tallied 445 points, with Jesuit (299) and St. Paul’s (196) next.
Saturday’s action also will be remembered for records set during a series of extremely fast swims with Catholic’s Colin Bone and SJA’s Amy Miller leading the way for a second straight day.
The duo was voted Swimmers of the Meet.
St. Joseph’s also broke two relay records. Archbishop Rummel’s Thomas Vanderbrook, another double winner, was the other record-setter.
“It’s amazing how they can go from one race in prelims and then turn it all around and swim faster in the finals,” SJA coach Rebecca Barber said. “The training they go through prepares them, and today they swam so well. I’m so proud. ... They blew me away.
“(Winning a title) is just as sweet every time. It’s a different team with different kids, which is why it means so much every single year.”
Bone set a Division I and composite (all-division) records in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.49 seconds in Friday’s preliminary sessions. He won the 50 in 20.60 seconds Saturday, a time that was still better than the previous Division I mark.
The Auburn signee was at his best when he won the 100 freestyle in 44.71 seconds, breaking his own record set in 2014. Bone finishes his career 16-0 in LHSAA races and holds records in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, along with two relays.
“Honestly, I’m at a loss for words because it’s been an incredible four years,” Bone said. “I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. Catholic has propelled me as a swimmer and a person. The 50, I had fun with. ... The 100, I really wanted to get a record in. More than anything else, I’m proud of my team and what we accomplished.”
Miller set a Division I record with a time of 50.46 seconds Friday. The Texas A&M signee broke the composite record set in 1991 by Olympian Ashley Tappin in the finals by winning the 100 free in 49.97 seconds. Miller then won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.35, just .07 off a 22-year-old record.
“I was so excited about that (record) swim,” Miller said. “I know there are still things I need to improve on, but reaching that goal means a lot. I wasn’t sure I could go that close to the other (breaststroke) record. I’m happy with that.
“We have a such a great group of girls and some great seniors. The 400 free relay was emotional for the three seniors. We wanted to set records and do as much as we could.”
Miller was not the whole show for SJA. The Redstickers opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in a record time of 1:46.98 and closed it with a record time of 3:29.16 in the 400 freestyle relay.
Clayton Black and Bethany Seagraves also were double winners for SJA. Black won the 200 (1:51.19) and 500 (5:04.65) freestyles. Seagraves won the 200 individual medley in 2:09.02 and added a win in the 100 backstroke in 56.98.
Rummel’s Vanderbrook won the boys 200 IM in 1:50.78, a time that shattered a 21-year-old record. He also won the 100 backstroke in 51.18 seconds.