Finishing strong is the goal for every team and athlete. Crawfish Aquatics did just that by setting three state records in the 400-meter medley relays to help close the third day of the Louisiana Long Course Swimming Championships.
Crawfish and the meet’s other top teams, Tiger Aquatics and Nu Wave, continued to push away from the pack.
“We talked to our kids this morning, and we compared it (meet) to a football game,” Crawfish coach Jayme Cramer said. “Two quarters were done and today and tomorrow are like the last two quarters.
“We told them they needed to come out and be aggressive in the morning, and I thought we were.
“Then we came back and swam better tonight. The records are nice. Really, there have been a lot of impressive times by a lot of teams and individuals. It’s been a great meet.”
The four-day meet concludes Sunday with three sessions at the LSU Natatorium. The final session is at 5 p.m.
Crawfish leads the 22-team meet with 4,010 points, followed by meet host Tiger Aquatics at 2,756.
Nu Wave (2,1451/2) and Crescent City Swim Club (1,4201/2) are next.
The team of Caroline Beene, Cameron Balkom, Erin Trahan and Victoria Padial won the girls 15-18 400 medley in 4 minutes, 25.36 seconds for Crawfish. The boys team of Gage Alleman, Silas Dejean, Mason Hutchinson and Colin Bone won in a record time of 3:58.59.
Also setting a record by placing fifth in the open event was the 13-14 girls team of Olivia Huffman, Chanler Turnley, Ashlyn Hunt and Jeanne Frederic that finished in 4:40.52.
Bone (boys 15-16 freestyle, 4:04.09), John Milller (boys open 400 freestyle, 4:12.76), Hunt (girls 13-14 200 individual medley, 2:30.67), Alleman (open boys 200 IM, 2:08.09) and Beene (girls 15-16 100 backstroke, 1:06.68) were individual winners for Crawfish in the Saturday night finals session.
Tiger Aquatics also had impressive individual wins from Sarah Stevens (14-under 400 freestyle, 4:50.69), Stacey Stanfield (girls open 400 freestyle, 4:28.16), Lance Rodriguez (boys 13-14 400 freestyle, 4:19.61), Bethany Seagraves (girls 13-14 100 backstroke, 1:09.00) and Caley Oquist (girls open 100 backstroke, 1:03.18).
“Now that this is a four-day meet this is probably the hardest day,” TAQ coach Jeannine Malbrough said. “Tomorrow they will be excited about it being the last day. We have really good 100 butterfly and 200 free competitors.
“We had a bunch of wins and a bunch of best times. We have a lot of opportunities to win events then. Obviously, we want to hold on to second place.”
Two swimmers set state records during the afternoon session. Crawfish’s Rylee Moore set a state mark for 10-and-under girls by winning the 100-meter backstroke in 1:16.10 seconds. Crescent City Swim Club’s Parker Hughes set an 11-12 boys mark, winning the 50 freestyle in 26.78 seconds.
Four swimmers in the younger age groups were double winners — Moore, Hughes and two other Crawfish swimmers, Cameron Miles and Jolee Liles.
Moore also won the girls 10-under 100 butterfly (1:19.76), while Hughes won the boys 11-12 100 backstroke in 1:10.25. Liles won the 11-12 girls 100 butterfly (1:10.25) and 100 backstroke (1:11.62). Miles won the boys 10-under 100 butterfly (1:15.01) and 100 backstroke (1:17.17).
Crawfish’s Bone set two state records during the first two days of the meet in the boys 15-16 division. Bone set records while winning the 100 freestyle (53.19) on Thursday and the 200 butterfly (2:04.70) on Friday.
Zachary Stump, of Sulphur’s Spartan Swimming, set a boys 15-16 record in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.86) also on Friday.
The Tiger Aquatics girls 15-18 800 freestyle relay team of Katelyn Rodriguez, Clayton Black, Joy Jason and Claire Charpentier) won in 8:43.78, also Thursday.