It would be easy to dismiss Sunday’s Capital City Swim League Championships as nothing more than a repeat of last year.
Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy won the team titles again. SJA’s Amy Miller and Catholic’s Colin Bone were selected as the Outstanding Swimmers for the second straight year.
However, that would marginalize the significance of an event that featured five CCSL meet records and numerous other top times.
“We were real happy,” Catholic coach Doug Logsdon said after the meet held at the Crawfish Aquatics pool. “We swam a lot faster in finals than we did in prelims (Saturday).
“Colin Bone’s records in the 50 free and 100 free were tremendous. The relays were good. The 500 was a really big event for us, and the 100 back turned out to be a big event for us. But there’s still plenty to work on before state.”
Catholic won its 26th straight CCSL meet boys title with 631 points. Lutcher was second at 180, followed by Baton Rouge High (154) and East Ascension (138). EAHS edged out Ascension rival Dutchtown for fourth by four points.
St. Joseph’s won its 16th consecutive CCSL girls crown with 553.50 points. Episcopal took second at 307.50. University (218.50), Parkview Baptist (198) and Lutcher (131.50) completed the top five for the girls.
“There were records … but seeing so many of our girls go best times was amazing,” SJA coach Becca Barber said. “I don’t know for sure, but I think we had 18 or 19 best times over the last two days.
“Basically everybody had a PR in something, and that just doesn’t happen. I think this meet gives the girls confidence, but I think they also see we’ve got more to do.”
The meet started with a swim that just missed a record. SJA’s Clayton Black won the girls 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 52.04, just a half-second off the record.
It was a sign of things to come. Bone and Miller soon took down 10-year-old records, while Parkview Baptist’s Jolee Liles broke a 19-year-old record.
Bone won the boys 50 freestyle in 21.04 seconds, beating one of those 10-year-old marks by one-hundreth of a second. He broke his own record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.69 seconds. Both were All-American consideration times.
“I thought today went really well for me individually and for the team,” Bone said. “Today I felt good with my 50 … my wall (turn) was a little off, but it was good.
“I was pleased with the 100. But the rest of team was something. They swam some crazy fast times.”
Miller won the girls 100 freestyle in 50.92 seconds, also breaking a 10-year-old record and also posting an All-American consideration time. She later won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.18 and was part of SJA’s team that shattered the 400 freestyle relay by four seconds with an All-American consideration time of 3:30.41.
“That (100 freestyle) was the race I was most excited for,” Miller said. “I wanted to see how fast I could go in season without resting a lot.
“I was happy with the 100 breast and the relay. There was a lot of energy … we wanted to break one relay record.”
Liles also was a double winner. She won the 200 individual medley in 2:08.30 and then broke a 19-year-old mark set by former PBS star Shelly Ripple in the 500 freestyle. Liles’ 500 time was 4:59.78.
Dunham’s Olivia Huffman was another impressive girls double winner, placing first in the 50 freestyle (24.22 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (57.98).
Catholic’s Braden Nyboer also made an impression with two wins. Nyboer was won the 200 IM (2:00.52) and the 500 freestyle (4:51.31). Nyboer out-touched teammate Michael Padial to win the IM by .22 seconds.