Capital City Swim League kicks off year

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Claudia Apsey of East Iberville swims the girls' 100-yard butterfly during the Capital City Swim League Meets on Saturday at Crawfish Aquatics in Baton Rouge.
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Claudia Apsey of East Iberville swims the girls' 100-yard butterfly during the Capital City Swim League Meets on Saturday at Crawfish Aquatics in Baton Rouge.

Every season has to start somewhere and for teams in the Capital City Swim League, it began Saturday with two diverse meets held at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.

Traditional powers St. Joseph’s Academy and Catholic High dominated the first meet, each claiming the top three spots in one individual event. Defending Division I state champion St. Joseph’s piled up 435 points to win the girls division, while Catholic tallied 447.

Lutcher and Episcopal claimed titles at the second meet. Episcopal finished with 320 points in the girls division; Lutcher compiled 244 points on the boys side.

Both meets featured individuals events and no relays

CCSL MEET ONE: Dutchtown (190) and Baton Rouge High (170) were second and third, respectively, behind SJA. Zachary (120) and University High (85) were the other top boys finishers.

“I think they did great for it being the first meet of the season,” SJA coach Becca Barber said. “There are definitely things we can work on with starts, turns and finishes.”

Caroline Beene was the lone double winner for the SJA girls, placing first in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.12 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 1:00.11.

Clayton Black (200 freestyle), Mary Katherine Miller (200 individual medley) and Lindsay Hagamann (100 freestyle), Bethany Seagraves (100 backstroke) and Amy Miller (100 breaststroke) were SJA’s other winners.

Colin Bone was a double winner for Catholic, taking first in the 200 free (1:49.16) and the 50 free (22.44). Freshman Braden Nyboer (200 IM) also was among Catholic’s winners and also had a second-place finish. Two other freshmen, Lance Michael Rodriguez and Nick Romero, also had two top three finishes for the Bears.

Brady Grenfell (100 butterfly), Alex Goay (100 breaststroke) and Graham Gardner (100 free) also were winners for the Catholic.

“Our freshmen really swam well,” Catholic coach Doug Logsdon said. “It was a good first meet. But there are a lot of things we need to work on to drop more time.”

CCSL MEET TWO: Lutcher (184) and Parkview Baptist (90.5) completed the top three in the division. Episcopal (147.5) and Walker (110) rounded out the boys top three.

“For a first meet, I’m very pleased,” Lutcher coach Lanny Remondet said. “We qualifed 24 spots — 16 for boys and eight for girls — for state. This was like what we did in the years when we’ve contended for state titles. It’s a great start.”

Remondet’s Bulldogs swept the top three spots in the boys 50 freestyle with Luke Zeringue winning in 23.40. East Ascension’s Mason Hutchinson and The Dunham School’s Kirkland Mawae were the boys double winners.

Hutchinson won the 200 IM (2:03.46) and the 100 butterfly (54.57). Mawae won back-to-back events, taking the 100 freestyle (52.91) and then the 100 backstroke (1:00.66).

Double winner Chanler Turnley helped pace the Episcopal girls. Turnley won the 100 freestyle (57.03) and the 100 breaststroke (1:13.04). The Knights’ Bailey Stevens (200 freestyle) also won an event.

“I had no idea we had that many points,” Episcopal coach Stephen Anderson said. “All I ever watch is the clock and I got to see plenty. We had state qualifiers and some people who swam faster now than they did at the end of last year.”