Both the Mandeville High School boys and girls swim teams were looking for good starts heading into next week’s metro championship and next month’s state championship meets.
They got them during the Northlake Regional High School Swim Championships held Wednesday at Pelican Athletic Club in Mandeville. Sixteen teams from the north shore competed in the event.
The Skippers boys scored 407.5 points to lead the 16-team field. St. Paul’s finished second with 355.5 points and Slidell was third with 257 points.
In the girls’ field, Mandeville totaled 403.5 points to edge St. Scholastica with 397.5 points. Northshore was third with 295.
Mandeville senior Trey James won the 200-yard IM by out-touching St. Paul’s Griffin Guzan and posting a time of 2 minutes, 2.35 seconds. James also won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.02.
“Doing this for four years at high school, it’s always important to do well in this meet,” James said. “To go out as a senior and winning district; it’s just awesome. But this is just the beginning. This was with practice suits on and all. Once we start tapering for state, I think we can drop a quite a bit more time.”
“This is the strongest boys’ team I’ve had in my nine years at Mandeville,” Skippers coach Robbie Fritscher said.
“We have a lot of seniors this year. This is (their) last hurrah.”
Mandeville’s Brendan Manley won two events — the 50 free (22.31) and 100 free (49.78).
Slidell’s Landon Lavigne also won two individual events with victories in the 100 fly (55.78) and the 100 breast (1:05.09).
The girls’ competition was much closer, with the final result coming down to the 400-free relay — the last event of the day. Mandeville scored 40 points by winning that relay and St. Scholastica scored 34 points in second place.
That six-point margin proved to be the difference in the meet.
“When we scored the meet beforehand, SSA was, on paper, 23 points ahead of us,” Fritscher said, “so we knew it would be close.”
Gabriella Fouchi won the 100 free (56.46) for SSA. The Doves also won the 200-free relay and the 200-medley relay.
Mandeville countered with the big win in the 400-free relay, as well as with individual victories by Andie Rhoden in the 200 IM (2:23.00,) Rachel Fontan in the 500 free (5:33.27,) and Heidi Fritscher in the 200 free (2:03.81).
Northshore’s Madelyn Byrd won two events: the 100 backstroke (1:03.32) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.88.)