SULPHUR — Multiply two times two and you always get four. It’s basic math.
Two swim teams put their own spin on the equation by sweeping state titles in Divisions III and IV at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Swim meet.
It started steadily with Isidore Newman taking home the Division IV girls and boys titles during the morning session at the SPAR Aquatic Center.
And it reached a fever pitch when E.D. White Catholic swam away with the Division III crowns in the evening session. The four-day meet continues Friday with preliminary heats for Divisions I and II.
“Depth — the key was making sure all of our kids made it back to either a consolation or a final,” Newman coach Kylie Kastes said after handing off one title trophy to boys-team member. “Because of that, some of them didn’t swim their best events. My goal was to have two people make it and score in each event and we did that. We had some good swims.”
The Greenies scored 388 points to win the boys competition and a comparable 367 to take home the girls trophy and each won by comfortable margins. Pope John Paul II made history with 175 points to place second on the boys side. Ascension Episcopal was second on the girls side for the second time in three years with 232.
E.D. White faced a different challenge from Episcopal, the Division IV girls champion the last two years, in Division III.
EDW edged Episcopal 292 to 268 in the girls title and tallied 343 points to outdistance the boys field with St. Charles Catholic (238) nipping Lutcher (236) for second place.
“They couldn’t have swum any better,” E.D. White coach Christina Lassere said. “I think they (EDW swimmers) came into it with a winning attitude and knew they had to do better than they had ever done to beat Episcopal. Episcopal gave us a run for our money but our girls did what they had to do.
“The boys train all season and work so hard. They were confident, they had the skills they needed and they put the whole thing into motion.”
The Dunham School had the top performers in the Division IV. Olivia Huffman broke the 50 freestyle record three times in a two-day span and also a 100 freestyle mark. Miles Jantzi won the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke on the boys side.
But Kastes’ 22-member Newman squad provided the perfect combination for two team titles in Division IV.
Newman didn’t have an individual winner in the girls competition. The Greenies won one relay and Annie Laura Cherbonnier was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke.
Donovan Bendana (200 IM) and Connor Page (100 butterfly) were individual champions for the Newman boys. Northlake Christian’s Matthew Stegen (200 freestyle).
The Pope John Paul boys used third-place finishes in two relays to post its best finish ever.
“I looked at the results from all the metro meets and then I looked at the psyche sheet and knew we had a chance,” PJP coach Rick Kelly said. “I told them after the prelims they had to do better than they’ve ever done and they did it.”
E.D. White’s Jay Danos and Notre Dame-Crowley’s Erin Trahan shared top individual honors and helped set off a flurry of records in Division III.
Trahan started the records surge with a winning time of 23.23 seconds in the girls 50-yard freestyle and Danos won the boys 50 in 21.66.
After a meet break, Trahan won the girls 100 butterfly in a 54.78 time that was just off the Division III and composite mark of 54.40 she swam in Wednesday’s prelims. Danos then broke the boys Division III 100 mark with a 50.91 winning.
“That record is something that had been on my mind for a long time,” Danos said. “So it was good to get it. Being part of a (team) sweep was awesome. We’re all really one big team anyway.”
Nicolas Rathle won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle for Cardinals, who also won all three boys relays. It was all about depth for the E.D. White girls, who won just one relay and no individual events.
Lindsey Lucas was the runner-up in the 50 and 100 freestyles for the EDW girls.