SULPHUR — No team or individual titles were decided at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Swim Meet on Friday. That didn’t keep Catholic High’s Colin Bone and Amy Miller of St. Joseph’s Academy from setting records.
Bone broke an eight-year-old all-classes record when he put up the top qualifying time of 20.49 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle to help highlight preliminary races for Division I and Division II at the SPAR Aquatic Center.
A short time later Miller broke an even older Division I record by swimming the top time of 50.46 seconds in the 100 freestyle. The two races were part of a Division I preliminary meet that featured fast times and some near misses on other records.
Saturday finals set for 9:30 a.m. for Division II and 3:30 p.m. for Division I close out the four-day meet.
“I was going for it,” Bone said of the 50 freestyle record. “I wanted to see if I could do it (Friday) and not have it there (Saturday).”
Bone also recorded the top qualifying time of 46.25 seconds in the 100 freestyle for the Bears, who have won the past two Division I titles.
After breaking the 14-year-old 100 freestyle mark, Miller then came close to another record when she swam the top time of 1:03.99 in the 100 breaststroke. The time was just off the 22-year-old record of 1:03.28.
“One of my goals this weekend was to go below 50 seconds, and I wanted to see how close I could come (Friday),” Miller said. “The breaststroke … I had no idea I went that fast until I saw the scoreboard.”
Thomas Vanderbrook of Rummel also flirted with one of the oldest remaining LHSAA composite records. Vanderbrook’s time of 1 minute, 52.34 was just off the 1994 record of 1:52.06. He later had the top mark of 51.57 in the 100 backstroke.
Four-time defending girls champion St. Joseph’s was one of the most impressive teams in the prelims. The Redstickers opened the meet by posting the top time of 1:48.70 in the 200 medley relay and had the top marks in all three relays.
Bethany Seagraves (200 IM, 1:51.11; 100 backstroke 59.04) also had two top times for SJA. The Redstickers’ Clayton Black had the top mark in the 200 freestyle of 1:51.11, not far off the record time of 1:49.19 she set a year ago. Mandeville’s Denise Frantz (50 freestyle, 24.73) also was a top qualifier.
The one notable disqualification came in the 200 freestyle relay. Jesuit, looking to end Catholic’s string of titles, was disqualified after swimming a faster time than the Bears.
Hahnville’s Warren Massimini led the qualifiers in the boys 200 freestyle in 1:44.91. St. Paul’s was the top qualifier in the 200 medley relay in 1:37.65 and had a top individual in Grant Guzan (100 butterfly, 51.25).
St. Scholastica took steps toward a possible fifth straight girls state title in preliminary heats by posting the top qualifying marks in all three relays during Friday’s first preliminary session.
The Doves and Alexandria Senior High figure to battle for the girls title again. SSA’s Gabriella Fouchi had the top qualifying time in the 50 freestyle in 25.29 seconds.
“The girls came in very confident but not overly confident,” St. Scholastica coach Chris Prator said. “I would say we had more girls swim faster and move up from where they were seeded. We swam better than I expected, and I think they surprised themselves.”
Alexandria is seeded second to SSA in two of the three relays. Sacred Heart’s Laura Bruce had the top qualifying times in the 200 freestyle (2:03.28) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.42). St. Thomas More’s Grace Morton in the 100 freestyle (53.89) and 100 backstroke (59.43) also had two top qualifying marks.
Thomas Jefferson’s Owen Martin (100 butterfly) was among the top boys qualifiers. Ruston’s Rob Kyte (100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke) also had two top qualifying times.