The Jesuit boys and the Mount Carmel girls looked strong during the Greater New Orleans Metro Swim League High School Kickoff Meet on Saturday at the University of New Orleans.
The Blue Jays dominated the boys team standings with 425 points. Slidell placed second with 173 points and St. Paul’s was third with 157 points.
Moun Carmel won the girls race with 408 points. They edged Dominican ,which placed second with 342 points; and Destrehan, which was third with 116 points.
Jesuit started fast, with Chris Simmons winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.33; and following with impressive wins in the 50-yard free (21.76) and 100-yard free (48.66) before leaving to attend Jesuit’s Senior Ring Mass. He and teammate Cade Fuxan exchanged first-place showings early, with the junior winning the 200 individual medley (2:01.33) and the 100-yard butterfly (53.35.)
Through 10 events, the Blue Jays held a 183-point lead. Jesuit won six of eight individual events.
“It’s just a kickoff meet, but we wanted to start strong; come in here and get our state qualifying times,” Jesuit coach Bret Hanemann said.
“We just wanted to focus on what we can take care of now in September and get it out of the way so we can focus on what we have to do at state in November.”
Mount Carmel had a similar start to Jesuit’s. Abby Mahl won the 200-yard free (2:04.23) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.56); and teammate Maddie McGraw won the 50-yard freestyle (26.28) and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.30. That strong early showing was punctuated by Mount Carmel’s sweep of the top-three times in the 50 freestyle, and 16 state times earned through the first five events.
The Cubs finished with 22 state times and 35 metro times.
“We didn’t swim our best today, but the girls aren’t tapered right now,” Mount Carmel Coach Bob Handley said.
“Still, it was a good meet. We didn’t lose any points from last year’s team, so I think we can be in the top three in the state.”
Dominican kept scoring extremely close, with eighth-grader Emma MacMahon winning the 200 IM in 2:20.08, the 100 free in 58.41, and the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.01. Dominican also kept pace with a top-three sweep (led by eighth-grader Hannah Morris) in the 500-yard free event.
Members of either of the two girls’ swimming powerhouses won each of the eight events.
In all, 291 swimmers from 15 schools entered the kickoff meet. No relays were held, meaning that all swimmers were relegated to as many as three of the eight individual varsity events held on Saturday.