Brusly’s Nick Lee led a list of double winners, and in the process helped lead his team to the boys championship at the final Capital City Swim League regular-season meet at Crawfish Aquatics on Saturday.
Brusly’s boys piled up 346 points to 251 for second-place West Feliciana. Plaquemine and St. Amant tied for third with 177 points.
Parkview Baptist won the girls competition, ahead of St. Amant with 264 and The Dunham School with 206.
Lee edged Miles Jantzi of Dunham in the 50-yard freestyle, then beat teammate Jacob Kershaw in the 100-yard butterfly by seven seconds.
“Everybody pushes me,” Lee said. “I just try to make sure and keep up and then try to get ahead. As long as I do that, I’m all right.”
Kershaw finished second to teammate, Rocky Smith, in the 200-yard freestyle, while Jantzi came back to edge Smith in the 100-yard race.
Cameron Wang of McKinley was the other double winner for the boys, taking the 200 individual medley and coming back to win the 500 freestyle.
Jolie Liles led the Parkview girls with victories in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races. Rylee Moore finished second to Liles in the 500 and went on to win the 100 yard breaststroke. Hannah Dickie contributed second places in the 50 freestyle behind Lindsey Detwiller of St. Thomas Aquinas and the 100 freestyle, which was won by Olivia Huffman of Dunham.
“(Liles, Moore and Dickie) help step everyone else’s game up,” Parkview coach John Michael Moore said. “Our kids who train year-round help the kids who just train for high school step their game up. Everyone knows they have to meet a higher standard.”
Huffman was another double winner, also taking first in the 200-yard individual medley.
Liles wasn’t pushed at all in her wins, taking the 200 by 18 seconds and the 500 by 17.
“I have goals for the season,” Liles said, “and I know in my head what I want to do in my progression toward the end of the season. I try to focus on that and get better every meet. (Saturday) was a good day.”
Detwiller became the meet’s other double winner by taking the 100 backstroke.
Swimmers in this meet did not have to face such powerful teams from Catholic High, St. Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge High or Lutcher. Coach Andrew Holborn of Brusly found this to be a mixed blessing.
“We wish we had those guys to swim against because it makes us compete more,” Holborn said. “But in a meet like this you get a chance to work on the little things.
“Plus letting the younger guys step up and swim in some bigger events will help us down the road, and that was a big positive (Saturday),” he said.
Moore said this meet was a good tuneup for the city meet.
“In these meets we only get to see half of each other, and I know everybody is looking forward to the city meet, looking forward to swimming against everyone.”
The City Meet is scheduled for Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Crawfish Aquatics.