State championship trophies may be the stuff dreams are made of, but they’re not the only measure of swimming success.
Notre Dame senior Erin Trahan and Ascension Episcopal freshman Jillian Barczyk helped drive that point home at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Swim Meet on Thursday at the SPAR Aquatic Center.
The recording-setting duo led a solid contingent of Acadiana area performers who competed in the Division III and Division IV finals.
Trahan, who signed with SMU last week, was voted the top girls swimmer in Division III once again after a two-day assault on the LHSAA’s records. Newman (Division IV) and E.D. White Catholic (Division III) swept the team titles.
“After I signed last week, I felt relaxed,” Trahan said. “I felt like I could have a good meet. I had a lot of fun swimming this week. That 54.4 time (Wednesday) is something I’ll always remember.”
Trahan shattered the existing Division III and composite/all classes record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.40 seconds during Wednesday’s preliminary races. On Thursday, she took aim first at the 50-yard freestyle record.
Trahan lowered her own Division III 50 record to 23.23 seconds and finished .05 off the composite record. A large crowd gathered around the outside of the pool as she swam the 100 butterfly. Trahan’s winning time of 54.78 was slightly slower, but she was pleased.
The 14-year-old Barczyk broke a 15-year-old Division IV record in the 500-yard freestyle and just missed setting a record in the 200 freestyle while helping the Blue Gators pick up the team runner-up trophy for the second time in three years. She won the 500 in 5 minutes, 3.19 seconds and was the 200 freestyle runner-up in 1:54.15, a fraction of a second off that mark.
“The record … I wanted to break it with my older sister last year and I wanted to break it for her, for my mom and for our team,” Barczyk said. “We’re one of the smaller schools in this division and for us to be able to compete like this means a lot.”
The other Division IV record-setter from the Acadiana area was Westminster Christian’s Jennifer Johnson, who won the 100 butterfly in 59.24 seconds. Johnson also won the 200-yard individual medley.
“This was a great day for us,” AES coach Colleen Barczyk said. “We had two seventh-graders who placed in the top group, and that makes them all-state, which is exciting.
“We were third last year and second the year before that. We’re just pushing to move up that next step.”
AES’s Cameryn Simon (100 backstroke) also was a girls champion. Westminster’s Austin Briggs (50 freestyle), Opelousas Catholic’s Gavin Armstrong (500 freestyle) and Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Michael Dela Rosa (100 breaststroke) were Acadiana area boys champions.