No records were set on the first day of the Capital City Swim League Championships. The times recorded in the separate girls and boys preliminary heats offer one logical conclusion — fast times are on the horizon for Sunday’s finals.
“I think we do have a chance at records in two of the relays,” Catholic High coach Doug Logsdon said. “There’s the possibility that a couple of our swimmers can get records. We added two more state cuts (Saturday) and can hopefully add some more (Sunday). We’ll see how it goes.”
As expected, two of the league’s traditional powers, Catholic and St. Joseph’s Academy, moved into position to extend their streak of CCSL meet titles during the Saturday prelims held at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.
The top 16 finishers in all events except the 500-yard freestyle advanced to the finals, which begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.
SJA seeks its 15th straight CCSL title. The Redstickers compiled the top times and in all three relays and also had the top individual finishers in all but one event.
Sophomore Jeanne Frederic and senior Caroline Beene each posted top qualifying marks.
Beene was sidelined by mononucleosis for part of the fall but showed no signs of slowing down in the two sprint freestyle events. She won the 50 freestyle in 24.76 seconds and the 100 in 54.08.
Frederic had the top time of 2 minutes 18.19 seconds in the 200 individual medley and a 1:01.29 in the 100 butterfly.
The Dunham School’s Olivia Huffman recorded the top time in the 100 backstroke of 1:04.35, about .58 seconds ahead of Dutchtown’s Lilly May. St. Joseph’s had the top two finishers in four individual events.
“We got two new state cuts, and we still have the chance get some others (Sunday) because those girls all qualified to come back and swim again,” St. Joseph’s coach Becca Barber said. “Overall I think we did great. We had some personal-best swims, and you don’t see that until the finals of a prelims/finals meet.”
Catholic seeks its 25th straight CCSL crown. The Bears had the top two finishers in three individual events. Like SJA, Catholic also tallied the top marks in the three relays.
Senior Brady Grenfell and junior Colin Bone led the way for the Logsdon’s team. Grenfell had the top marks in back-to-back events with a time of 22.58 in the 50 freestyle and 53.59 in the 100 butterfly. Bone finished nearly seven seconds faster than the next closest competitor in the 200 free in 1:48.18 and came back with a 48.48 in the 100 free.
Grenfell was not the only competitor to pull off a back-to-back feat.
Dunham’s Kirkland Mawae recorded a 55.45 in the 100 backstroke and came right back to notch a 1:02.45 in the 100 breaststroke.