Nu Wave Swim Club coach Ross Hedrick liked the continued improvement in his New Orleans-based team Sunday during the finals of the Louisiana Long Course Swimming Championships at UNO’s Lakefront Arena.
Nu Wave led all New Orleans-area clubs, finishing third in the state with 2,186 points.
Crawfish Aquatics — based in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Thibodaux — dominated the team scoring and registered its 23rd title in short course or long course meets since 2005. Crawfish’s estimated 150 swimmers easily topped the team scoring with 6,052 points.
Tiger Aquatics, also based in Baton Rouge, finished second. Mandeville's Franco’s Fins and New Orleans' Crescent City Swim Club placed fifth and sixth among the 22 teams that provided 704 swimmers for the four-day event.
“We performed very well from start to finish,” Hedrick said. “I learned a lot from them in our training plan from last year that we have the capability of holding on very strong for the entire four days, and I think we were even a little better than last year.”
Nu Wave had three points leaders in their respective age brackets. Enzo Solatrio was the 10-year-old high point winner (125 points), Derek Zhang the 12-year-old winner (134), and Phillip Endom the 13-14-year-old leader (108). Endom was also the top point-getter in the Short Course state championships.
Kendall Jollands of Crescent City Swim Club broke the 8-and-under girls 50-meter butterfly record with a time of 37.60 secpmds, erasing a record that was established last year.
Thomas Vanderbrook, a former Rummel standout and Indiana University signee who swims with Crescent City, led the senior boys scorers with 130 points.
Crescent City also swept the 10-and-under individual rankings with Ava Sims (120), Keyleigh Jollands (117), and Juliette Magner (112) finishing in the top three.
Rylee Moore of Crawfish Aquatics, a 14-year-old soon-to-be-freshman at Parkview Baptist swimmer from Crawfish Aquatics (BR) achieved a Junior National qualifying time in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:17.84.
“A lot of our senior athletes were here all summer — April, May, June and July — and it really shows,” Hedrick said. “They’ve set a great example for what we are trying to accomplish as a team.
“That’s our goal — to keep getting better, to do a little more and to give those kids an opportunity to be successful.”