The boys competition at the District 9-5A swimming meet was practically decided before the halfway point of Wednesday’s meet at UNO.
Jesuit is that good.
The girls competition, however, went down to the final event. In the end, Mount Carmeledged Dominican 559-538.
Both of those teams are that good, too.
“I knew we had to get a lead before the breaststroke, because Dominican was going to make a move in the 500 (yard freestyle),” Mount Carmel coach Bob Handley said.
“We didn’t have anyone in the points in the 500. But the backstroke and the breaststroke, we had four of the top six swimmers. That was the difference.”
Maddie McGraw won two events for Mount Carmel(the 100 free and 100 back.) She said she knew the “Catholic League” championship would be a “nail-biter.”
“Dominican and Mount Carmel: We’ve really been butting heads all season,” McGraw said. “We knew we would have to swim our best, and that’s what we did.”
It was the back end of the rotation that made the difference for Mount Carmel, as Dominican won six individual events, compared to the Cubs’ two wins. Mount Carmel won two of the three relays, which nosed them ahead.
“I’m very proud of the girls,” said Dominican coach Bret Hanemann, who doubles as the Jesuit boys’ coach. “All you can ask is that your team goes out and does its best. That’s what they did tonight.”
Dominican’s Emma McMahon and Hannah Morris won two events each in the District 9-5A meet. McMahon won the 200 IM (2:17.68;) and the 100 breaststroke (1:12:03.) Morris won the 200 freestyle (2:01.79) and the 500 free (5:32.98.) Both are eighth-graders. Emily Wilson (50 freestyle) and Kaylin Smith (100 butterfly) were the other winners for Dominican.
Jesuit swam away from the four-team boys field, winning five individual events and all three relays. Dual winners included Chris Simmons in the 50 and 100 freestyle;and Michael Conrad in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Cade Fuxan won the 100 butterfly and swam a leg on all three victorious relays.
“We definitely were in this meet to win it,” Fuxan said. “All the work we’ve put in, this is where it begins to pay off — at district, at metros and at state.”
Rummel’s Thomas Vanderbrook also was a two-event winner, taking the 200 IM (2:02.67) and the 100 backstroke (55.30.)
“The boys are tired because we’ve been working them hard,” Hanemann said of Jesuit’s effort. “We weren’t expecting them to light up the times today. But the boys swam very well today. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
The Greater New Orleans Metro Swim Championships will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at UNO.