SULPHUR — It was business as usual for Baton Rouge and Acadiana area competitors looking to make their mark at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet.
No one won a team or individual title during Wednesday’s preliminaries for Division III and Division IV. Plenty of swimmers put themselves in position to claim top awards with finals begin on Thursday.
Division IV finals are set for 9:30 a.m., followed by Division III finals at 3 p.m. The annual four-day meet continues through Saturday.
Chanler Turnley helped set the pace for defending Division IV girls champion Episcopal. Turnley turned in the top times of 55.99 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle and 2 minutes, 17.92 seconds in the 200 individual medley.
The Dunham School’s Olivia Huffman was another top Division IV girls competitor, posting the top times of 24.61 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 1:00.21 in the 100 backstroke.
Other notable Division IV girls competitors were Christian Life’s Anna Morris and Ascension Episcopal Victoria Barczyk.
A year ago, Barczyk was the Division IV meet’s Outstanding Girls Swimmer. She had the top time of 1:59.60 in the 200 freestyle on Wednesday and is the top seed going into the final of the 500 freestyle. Morris’ time of 1:12.73 led all Division IV breaststroke competitors.
Barczyk was not the only Acadiana area competitor to make a good first impression. Notre Dame’s Erin Trahan posted the top times of 23.95 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 56.24 in the 100 butterfly in Division III.
University High’s Johannah Cangelosi also had two top times in Division III, leading the way in the 200 freestyle in 2:02.55 and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.23 for the Baton Rouge contingent.
Parkview Baptist’s Jolee Liles tied with St. Louis Catholic’s Laura Patrick in the Division III 200 IM in 2:16.95.
Baton Rouge competitors with top Division IV boys marks were The Dunham School’s Miles Jantzi in the 100 freestyle in 52.26 and Kirkland Mawae in the 100 backstroke in 52.61.
Lafayette Christian’s Ricky LaFleur edged Dunham’s Mawae in the 200 IM by less than a second, 1:58.99 to 1:59.21, setting what figures to be a highly competitive final on Thursday. Westminster Christian’s Austin Briggs led all 50 freestyle qualifiers with a time of 23.17 seconds.
In Division III, Lutcher’s Luke Zeringue had the top 100 freestyle time of 50.72 seconds, just three one-hundreths of a second better than the next closest competitor.
Newman’s Jared Williams (100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly) in Division IV, along with the E.D. White duo of Jay Danos (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly) and Nicolas Rathle (200 IM and 100 backstroke) in Division III also had multiple top marks.