Last weekend’s Capital City Swim League Tipoff meets were a lot like football and volleyball jamborees.
It was not a full 22-event competition, which left plenty of room for speculation. Until Saturday.
That’s when University High, Dutchtown, Episcopal and Lutcher made important early season statements with season-opening victories in two meets at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.
Dutchtown finished first in the six-team boys divisions at the morning meet, scoring 440 points to place well ahead of Zachary (332) and East Ascension (287). U-High tallied 3601/2 points to squeak past the Griffins (344) in the girls division.
Traditional powers Episcopal (girls) and Lutcher (boys) each scored 471 points to finish atop the standings in the nine-team afternoon meet.
“This may be the strongest boys teams we’ve had in several years,” Dutchtown coach Vicki May said. “We got 11 freshmen and our goal is to try and keep them for all four years.
“There were some good things for both the boys and girls. We had some good things … a lot of good swims for the boys and the girls.”
The meet was a coming out party for Zachary Babin of Dutchtown. The freshman won both distance events, the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 2.32 seconds and the 500 free in 5:28.13 in his CCSL debut.
Baton Rouge High’s Jack Penniman won the sprint freestyles. Penniman was first in the 50 (24.13 seconds) and 100 (52.53).
Johannah Cangelosi was a double winner to lead the U-High girls of first-year coach Courtney Roedel.
“I’m very pleased, especially since you’re talking about swimming two meets back-to-back with only four days of practice days in there,” Roedel said. “I love the effort, and a lot them, boys and girls got into new events today, which is good.”
Cangelosi won the 200 freestyle (2:06.42) and 100 backstroke (1:03.34). East Ascension’s Carley Foster won the 200 individual medley (2:24.80) and 100 breaststroke (1:17.79).
The afternoon meet also featured four double winners. Lutcher’s Luke Zeringue won the 50 freestyle in a sizzling 22.69 seconds and won the 100 free in 51.99. Brusly’s Nick Lee took first in the 200 free (2:03.16) and 100 butterfly (58.06).
“Luke is an animal,” Lutcher coach Lanny Remondet said of Zeringue. “I’m very pleased after the first two weekends. We may not have as much depth as we’ve had in the past with the boys, but we have quality.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever won all three relays before (Saturday). This is the best girls team I’ve ever had and we were second. Episcopal is so good and now they’re in our division (Division III) for state.”
Chanler Turnley won the 200 freestyle (2:01.18) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.01) to lead Episcopal on a day when coach Stephen Anderson was shuffling individual events and relays because of ACT testing. Parkview Baptist’s Rylee Moore (200 IM, 2:18.25) and 100 freestyle (57.99) was the other girls double winner.
“(Saturday) was weird because we had people swimming out of order in relays and in events because of the ACT,” Anderson said. “Still, it was a good start with some good times.”