The Jesuit boys were expected to win the Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro New Orleans High School Swim Championships. The girls competition was expected to be a much closer battle.
Both storylines followed suit on Saturday afternoon at the UNO pool.
Jesuit cruised to a repeat title at the metro swim meet. The Blue Jays scored 384.5 points, and won two individual events (and one of the three relays). Hahnville won the other two relays and finished a distant second with 250 points. St. Paul’s was third with 216 points.
The girls competition was a five-team struggle, with Mandeville finally clawing its way to the top of the pack, as well as a repeat as metro meet champion. The Skippers scored 271 points. Dominican was second with 257 points, St. Scholastica third with 243 points, Mt. Carmel fourth with 218, and Northshore fifth with 197.
Jesuit junior Josh Ormond won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 48.45 seconds. He finished second to freshman teammate Davis Edwards in the 500 free.
“This is one of the big three meets for us (along with district and state),” Ormond said. “We do try to peak at this time of year and swim our best going into state. Everyone just swam some great times today.”
The Mandeville girls clinched the meet after leading by only four points going into the 400-yard free relay; the final event of evening. They were hindered by a disqualification in another relay during Friday’s preliminaries, but were able to clinch the title on Saturday anyway.
Mandeville coach Robbie Fritscher said Saturday’s metro title may be the sweetest during his decade as Skippers’ coach. The team suffered an injury to its best swimmer — Denise Frantz — this year and graduated two key swimmers last spring who now are competing at LSU.
Frantz, who has nursed a hip injury for nearly two years, was impressive on Saturday. The senior won the 50 free (24.74) and the 100 breast (1:08.09.)
“That was the first time I’ve done the breaststroke in I don’t know how long,” Frantz said. “I literally got in the pool the other day and did eight 25 (yard pulls). I decided to have fun with it today. I had no idea what to expect. Looks like I’ll be swimming breast at state now.”
Fritscher said performances like those are a hallmark of this year’s Mandeville team.
“I have a good group,” Fritscher said. “We had some freshman step up with Rachel Fontan getting two second places (in the 200 free and 500 free). Katie Impastato stepped up today. (Freshman Claire Collins) swam well. This is great for us.”
St. Paul’s senior Griffin Guzan set a meet record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.20. The previous mark of 51.36 had stood since Jesuit swimmer Jason Bourgeois set it in 2003.
Besides Frantz, Hahnville’s Warren Massimini was the only other dual event winner with titles in the 50 (21.91) and 100 free (48.02).