The Mandeville boys and girls swim teams won Northlake Regional High School Championships on Tuesday afternoon at Cross Gates Athletic Club in Slidell.
The defending champion Mandeville girls were tops in the 14-team field; scoring 432 points and holding off rival St. Scholastica (second with 390 points).
The Skippers won two relays (the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays) as well as five individual events.
The Mandeville boys were just as impressive with 4421/2 points. The Skippers won two individual events outright, tied for first in another, won the 200 freestyke relay and tied with St. Paul’s for first in the 200 medley relay.
St. Paul’s was second with 326 points in the 15-team boys meet. Host Northshore finished third in the boys and girls competitions.
“The boys are greatly improved this year,” Mandeville coach Rob Fritscher said. “We have a lot of depth; more so than in year’s past. It showed today. The last time we were here (a couple weeks ago in a dual meet against Northshore,) it was in the middle of exams, and we were awful. It was different (Tuesday).”
Mandeville sprinter Matt Senneff won the 50 freestyle in 22.49; and the 100 freestyle in 50.62. He said the Skippers had to step up their efforts if they wanted to win the coveted “parish championship.”
“We didn’t have the right mindset the last time we came in here,” Senneff, a senior, said. “We know what we have to do. We had to take care of business. We won district last year, and this is another important meet to qualify for Metros. I’m proud of our team.”
St. Paul’s Griffin Guzan and Northshore’s Ben Rowley were other two-event winners at the Northlake Regional Meet. Guzan won the 200 IM (2:04.03) and the 100 butterfly (53.85.) Rowley won the 500 free (5:16.70) and tied Mandeville’s Kyle Manley in the 100 breast (1:05.19.)
The girls competition was closer, but Division I Mandeville held off Division II power St. Scholastica to repeat as meet champion. The Skippers also won the metro New Orleans Championships last year and are expected to be a factor at the state meet, as well. SSA is a three-time defending state champ in Division II.
The Skippers had a pair of two-event winners. Megan Loop won the 200 free (1:57.33) and the 500 free (5:11.09); and Lia Joslin won the 200 IM (2:18.83) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.51.)
“Megan’s where she needs to be, though she’s a bit off her times,” Fritscher said. “But in this pool, I’m very pleased with her times. Lia was sick the past couple of days, but she did well today too.”
Other girls individual winners included Mandeville’s Heidi Fritscher in the 100 free (57.03,) and the St. Scholastica duo of Lindsey Parkins in the 100 backstroke (1:04.84) and Madeleine Rawls in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.04.)
The other boys individual champion was Ponchatoula’s Adam Robert, who won the 200 free in 1:55.71.
The New Orleans Metro Championships will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at UNO.