The Pinewood Country Club summer swim team won the St. Tammany Swim League A Meet Championship held July 12 at Pinewood in Slidell.

The Porpoises totaled 1,846 points to pace the seven-team field. Lakeside Swim Club finished second with 1,522, and Cross Gates Gators placed third with 783 points. Rounding out the field were fourth, Barracuda Swim Team, 687.5; fifth, Slidell Athletic Club, 589; sixth, Picayune Blue Tide, 509.5; and seventh, Tanglewood, 313.

The meet ended prematurely due to foul weather. No butterfly events or medley relays were contested.

Three Lakeside swimmers set league records at the A Meet.

Cash Strickland set a new standard with a time of 17.96 seconds in the 7-year-old boys’ 25-yard butterfly.

Verny Ballax swam a 26.72 to win the 11-year-old girls’ 50 free.

Madelyn Byrd swam a 28.81 to win the 13 to 14-year-old girls’ 50 back.

The A Meet is a grouping of the fastest swimmers in the St. Tammany Swim League. Participants must swim a qualifying A time in a league event during the summer swim season.

Following are point winners and runners-up.


6-and-under: First, Kady Benedic, Lakeside, 26 points; and second (tie), Callie West and Avery Zelden, both of Pinewood, 21.

7-year-olds: First (tie), Lulu Szumski of Cross Gates and Mackenzie Green of Pinewood (35); third, Mia Barnes, Pinewood, 31.

8-year-olds: First, Carley Kronlage, Pinewood, 39; second, Kayla Benedic, Lakeside, 36; and third, Anne Boone, Picayune, 30.

9-year-olds: First, Madeline Smail, Pinewood, 39; and second (tie), Grace Green, Pinewood, and Anna Grace Stenstrom, 35.

10-year-olds: First, Lexie Meredith, Pinewood, 39; second, Lily Ginn, Picayune, 34; and third, Lindsey Wheat, Cross Gates, 32.

11-year-olds: First, Verny Ballex, Lakeside, 39; and second, Aubrey St. Pierre, 37.

12-year-olds: First, Gabriella O’Neil, 39; and second, Foster Merling, Cross Gates, 36.

13- to 14-year-olds: First, Madelyn Byrd, Lakeside, 39; and second, Hannah Paradis, Lakeside, 34.

15- to 18-year-olds: First, Katherine Simmers, Pinewood, 39; and second, Shelby Meredith, Pinewood, 35.


6-and-under: First, Caine Moore, Picayune, 24; second, Peyton Sevin, Slidell Athletic, 21; and third (tie), Cole Devenport, Barracuda, and Blaine Goodey, Slidell Athletic, 16.

7-year-olds: First, Cash Strickland, Lakeside, 39; second, Evan Wells, Pinewood, 34; and third, Brenden Lipps, Lakeside, 32.

8-year-olds: First, Jake Rogers, Picayune, 37; second, Blake Nichols, Lakeside, 36; and third, Rudy Toranto, Pinewood, 28.

9-year-olds: First, Elliot Weisel, Cross Gates, 39; second, Bailey Meltz, Cross Gates, 37; and third, Sean Hutchinson, Picayune, 31.

10-year-olds: First, Mason Appleton, Lakeside, 39; second, Bryant Bray, Lakeside, 35; and third (tie), Dominick Montecino, Lakeside, and Brayden Bostick, Pinewood, 29.

11-year-olds: First, Davis Legnon, Lakeside, 39; and second (tie), Drew Prude, Lakeside, and Tyler McCoy, Tanglewood, 30.5

12-year-olds: First, Hunter Appleton, Lakeside, 39; second, John Clark, Barracuda, 36.

13- to 14-year-olds: First, Carson Canulette, Pinewood, 39; and second, Tanner Harvey, Pinewood, 34.

15- to 18-year-olds: First, Jacob Sterbenz, Pinewood, 39; and second, Zachary Warren, Pinewood, 36.