Tiger Aquatics’ Jake Markham outdueled Crawfish Aquatics’ Colin Bone in the 17-and-up 200-meter freestyle on Sunday, highlighting the final evening of competition at the Louisiana long course swimming championships.
Markham, an LSU freshman from Denver, touched the wall at 1 minute, 51.47 seconds, just ahead of Bone. A senior-to-be at Catholic High, Bone swam 1:53.17 in the event staged at the LSU Natatorium. Markham’s time qualified him for next year’s Olympic trials at Omaha, Nebraska.
Overall, the win wasn’t enough to help Tiger Aquatics overcome Crawfish Aquatics, which got the better of its Baton Rouge counterpart with a four-day team total of 6,276.50 points.
Tiger Aquatics totaled 3,537.50 points, while Nu Wave swim club of New Orleans was third with 2,304.50. Hurricane swim club of Slidell (1,582) and Bulldog Aquatics Club of Ruston (1,459) rounded out the top five.
“It was a big win for him,” Tiger Aquatics coach Jeannine Malbrough said of Markham. “He made the Olympic trial cut earlier this weekend, and capitalized on that with a faster time. It was a good swim for him.”
With a team of more than 100 swimmers competing, Crawfish Aquatics coach Jayme Cramer had trouble keeping up with the numerous wins by his athletes. Cramer was also more concerned with the swimmers’ times than their final placings.
“The wins were not as important as the kids swimming fast, whether they swam in the morning and didn’t get a chance to swim tonight or whether they swam tonight and moved up from 14th place to ninth place,” Cramer said.
“We had a lot of wins, which is fun for the kids, but seeing growth and time improvement is what we strive for.”
Bone won five of seven events he entered during the meet, and was named the meet’s top overall male swimmer, as well is its best 17-and-up swimmer.
Tiger Aquatics’ Kara Kopsco was named the top female performer.
A sophomore at LSU, Kopsco set state 100 butterfly records in the 13-14 and 15-16 age divisions while in high school. Sunday she set the state record with a time of 59.16. The mark bettered Amber Carter’s 2014 time of 59.58.
The meet’s best 17-and-up female was Erin Trahan of Crawfish, who qualified for finals in each event she entered.
In the 15-16 age division, Ashlyn Hunt of Crawfish won the 100 butterfly (1:05.28), and was named outstanding performer. The top male was Crescent City swim club’s Thomas Vanderbrook, who won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.51).
Jillian Barczyk of Lafayette Aquatics won the 200 freestyle (2:08.55) for girls 13-14, and was the division’s top swimmer. For the boys, Michael Padial of Crawfish too top honors for his efforts that included wins in the 100 butterfly (1:01.96) and 100 breaststroke (1:12.40).
Another LSU swimmer, junior Megan Cox of Tiger Aquatics, swam 2:02.85 in the 200 freestyle. Also a state record, the time bested Ashley Tappin’s mark of 2:02.89 in 1990.