Crawfish Aquatics cruises to state short course title

SULPHUR — Dominance is the only word needed to sum up what Crawfish Aquatics has done at the Louisiana State Short Course Championships over the last nine years.

For the eighth time in nine years, Crawfish won the combined team title at the Short Course Championships held at the Sulphur Parks and Recreation Aquatic Center from Thursday through Sunday.

Nine different Crawfish swimmers (Jolee Lies, Colin Bone, Gage Alleman, Rylee Moore, Cameron Miles, Olivia Huffman, Caroline Beene, Jacob Bares, Nicholas Domingue) claimed at least two state individual championships.

“I just think the team performed well,” said Jamye Cramer, head coach of elite development for Crawfish Aquatics. “It doesn’t matter how many championships or races we won.

“From top to bottom, we look at how the team does and the swimmer’s best times. That is all we look for.”

Crawfish outscored its nearest opponent by over 2,000 points, finishing with 5,522.50. Tiger Aquatics finished second (3,509.5) followed by Nu Wave (3,136.5), Franco’s Fins (2,236) and Crescent City Swim Club (1,865.5).

Bone dominated the boys 15/16-year-old division winning the 200 freestyle (1:42.77), 100 butterfly (51.21), 500 freestyle (4:40.42) and the 200 butterfly (1:56.25).

On the girls side for Crawfish, Moore won the 10-and-under 100 backstroke (1:09.57), 100 butterfly (1:10.51), 100 IM (1:12.48) and 50 butterfly (31.23), 50 backstroke (32.17) and 200 IM (2:34.39).

Crawfish also claimed a state record in the girls 15/18-year-old 200 freestyle. The team of Erin Trahan, Caroline Beene, Cameron Balkom and Victoria Padial turned in a time of 1:37.85 to beat the old record of 1:38.44 set last year by Franco’s Fins.

Tiger Aquatics (Baton Rouge) broke a record that had stood for 25 years in the girls 13/14-year-old division 200 freestyle relay.

Clayton Black, Bethany Seagraves, Sarah Stevens and Claire Charpentier swam the event in 1:41.09 to beat the old record of 1:41.84 set by LSUA in 1988.

Black also won the 200, 500, 50 and 100 freestyle.

Tiger Aquatics also got substantial points from Abigail Cazes (girls 11/12), who won the 100 (1:03.89) and 50 butterfly (28.92) as well as the 100 freestyle (57.66), 50 backstroke (30.34) 50 freestyle (26.34).

Charpentier, Lance Rodriguez, Kate Rodriguez, Brayden Bergeron and Mary Beaver all won at least two individual titles for Tiger Aquatics.

Nu Wave Swimming’s (New Orleans) Davis Edwards (boys 11/12) and Pierce Thionville were nearly unstoppable at the Short Course Championships.

Edwards won the 500 and 200 freestyle along with the 100 butterfly and the 100 and 200 IM.

Thionville won the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle as well as the 50 and 100 backstroke.

Patrick Riess claimed state titles in the Boys Open 100 and 200 backstroke.

Kara Kopcso paced the Franco’s Fins (Mandeville) with five individual state titles and three more on relays teams.

Kopcso’s times in the 100 (55.04) and 200 (2:01.73) butterfly and 200 backstroke were good enough to qualify her for Senior Nationals. Kopcso also won the 200 breaststroke (2:22.24) and 200 IM (2:04.72) and swam a leg in the winning open 800 and 400 freestyle relay as well as the 400 medley relay.

Jonna Frantz, Denise Frantz, Michael Foley and Megan Loop all claimed a pair of individual titles for Franco’s Fins.

Kopcso’s teammate Allison Anger finished in the top three in six races including state championships in the 100 (1:03.57) and 200 (2:17.12) freestyle.

Blast Swimming (Covington) was led by Trey James (13-14-year-old), who claimed a trio of state titles and two runners-up. James won the 100 butterfly (55.86) and 200 butterfly (2:06.05) along with the 200 IM.

Emma Breslin (girls 10-under) was the top point earner for Crescent City Swimming (Metairie).

Breslin won the 50-yard breaststroke in 38.13 and claimed the top spot in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.01). She also place second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly.

Note: For complete results and scores from the Louisiana Short Course State
Championships, go to www.spartanswimming.com.