SULPHUR — Defending girls champion St. Scholastica fared well in the Division II session that opened Friday’s preliminary sessions at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet.
Jesuit had just one individual with a top entry mark, but the Blue Jays and Mandeville High positioned themselves to contend for top honors in Division I. The annual four-day meet concludes on Saturday at the SPAR Aquatic Center with Division II finals at 9:30 a.m. and Division I finals at 3 p.m.
In Division II, St. Scholastica had the top qualifier in four individual events and also posted the top times in two of the three girls relays.
Madeleine Rawls and Lindsey Parkins helped lead the way for the Doves. Parkins tallied the top times of 2:19.56 in the 200-yard individual medley and 1:00.77 in the 100 backstroke. Rawls had the top marks of 24.68 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 54.13 in the 100 freestyle.
Sacred Heart’s Brianna Serret (100 butterfly, 59,81) and Sarah Harrison (500 freestyle, 5:30.17) and Lakeshore’s Hannan Choppin (100 breaststroke, 1:10.67).
Morgan Meyer set the pace for defending Division II boys champion Ruston, posting top marks of 49.74 100 freestyle and 1:51.12. The Bearcats also had the top times in two relays.
Pope John Paul’s Owen Martin had top times in the 200 IM in 2:04.72 and 500 freestyle in 5:00.82 as did Lakeshore’s Austin Marr in the 50 freestyle in 23.13 and the 58.30. Holy Cross’ Pedro Rivera was the top 100 breaststroke qualifier in 1:02.04.
The Division I storyline included a double winner from Rummel and Jesuit’s relay battles with defending boys champion Catholic High.
Rummel’s Thomas Vanderbrok was the top qualifier in the 200 individual medley in 1:56.46 and the 100 backstroke in 52,73. Jesuit’s Chris Simmons led all 50 freestyle qualifiers, swimming 21.18 seconds.
The duel between Catholic and Jesuit in the relays also was an important part of the prelims story. The Bears had the boys 200 medley relay in 1:37.84, while Jesuit was at 1:37.97. The Blue Jays got the upper hand in the 200 freestyle relay finishing in 1:27.03 to 1:27.55 for Catholic.
Catholic’s Colin Bone set meet and composite records with the top mark of 45.46 seconds in the 100. freestyle. Bone also had the top mark of 1:41.79 in the 100 freestyle.
Defending girls champion St. Joseph’s Academy had all three of the top relay marks and had a double winner Bethany Seagraves (200 IM, 100 backstroke).
SJA’s Clayton Black and Mandeville’s Megan Loop are in position to duel in the 200 and 500 freestyles on Saturday. Loop was the Outstanding Girls Swimmer in Division I a year but on Friday it was Black who a 1:52,83 time, just ahead of Loop’s 1:53.59. Both have the top times going into the 500 final.