Catholic High scored 383 points to claim top honors at the Gulf Coast Invitational swim meet eld Saturday at Bishop State College in Mobile, Ala.
The Bears outdistanced a four-team field that included defending Division I-Class 5A state champion Jesuit-New Orleans by winning two relays and two individual events. Jesuit (309.50) placed second, followed by host McGill-Toolen (255.50). It was Jesuit’s first loss in regular season or postseason competition since Nov. 2005, when Catholic ousted the Blue Jays to win the Division I title.
Grant Grenfell won the 100-yard backstroke in 53.03 seconds, and Colin Finnegan placed first in the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 4.12 seconds to help pace the Bears.
“We have 13 seniors and got great senior leadership,” Catholic coach Doug Logsdon said. “We had a great back half of the meet, winning the individual events and two relays.”
The team of Braydon Bergeron, Alec Vicknair, Brady Grenfell and Chris Casnave won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:34.47. Bergeron, Grant Grenfell, Brady Grenfell and Finnegan teamed up to the 400 freestyle relay in 3:22.47.
Other Catholic competitors to place in the top three included Brady Grenfell (second, 200 freestyle), Bergeron (second, 50 freestyle), Grant Grenfell (second, 100 butterfly), Finnegan (second, 500 free), Chase Dansereau (third, 100 backstroke) and Casey Panepinto (third, 100 breaststroke). The Bears also took second in the 200 medley relay.