St. Joseph’s Academy and Catholic High have dominated action at the Capitol City Swim League Championships in recent years, and Sunday afternoon’s latest edition followed a familiar script.
Both squads used quality and depth to run up more than 500 points and win their respective divisions.
St. Joseph’s Academy finished with 566 points, followed by Episcopal (250), Dutchtown (217), University High (138) and The Dunham School (123).
Catholic tallied 559 points, and was also followed by Episcopal (183), Dutchtown (164) and University High (149). Lutcher High placed fith with 133 points.
“I was very, very impressed,” St. Joseph’s coach Becca Barber said. “Our goal was to break all three (relay) records. We got disqualified on one, so it doesn’t count, but it still feels good to know we broke it.”
The relay in question was the 200-yard medley relay. The Redstickers were on pace to break their 2011 CCSL meet record of 1:51.28, but an early start on the final leg was their undoing.
Dutchtown won the 200 IM relay with a time of 1:57.71.
Still, SJA came back to win seven of the meet’s remaining 10 events, and broke its own meet records in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
In the 200 freestyle relay, SJA swam 1:39.62 to better its mark of 1:40.04 set in 2002. That was also the year SJA set the 400 freestyle relay mark at 3:42.05, but the Redstickers were better on Sunday swimming 3:39.61.
Mary Katherine Miller was a double winner for SJA taking the 200 Individual Medley (2:11.00) and the 100 butterfly (59.29). In recognition of her efforts, Miller was named the meet’s outstanding female competitor.
Other winners for SJA were Lindsay Hagmann in the 50 freestyle (24.20), M.C. Beaver in the 100 freestyle (53.19) and Cameron Balkom, who just missed breaking her own mark in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.65).
Like SJA, Catholic High won seven of 11 events, but also had seven swimmers qualify for the state meet during the two-day event.
“We were real pleased with yesterday,” Catholic coach Doug Logsdon said as his team qualified five for the state meet on Saturday. “We followed that up with two more today.
“I was more pleased with how we set ourselves up in prelims, because when you go to the state meet, how well you swim in prelims determines how many points you can score.”
Catholic swept the relays, winning the 200 medley (1:44.57), the 200 freestyle (1:32.70) and the 400 freestyle (3:26.18).
The Bears’ Colin Bone won the individual 200 freestyle (1:46.40) and the 500 freestyle (4:52.84). Graham Gardner was first in the 50 freestyle (22.62), and Matthew Frederic took the 100 breaststroke (1:03.47).
Other state qualifiers for Catholic included Michael Paul Bienvenu, Brady Grenfell and James Chastain.
East Ascension’s Mason Hutchinson was named the outstanding male swimmer after winning the 200 individual medley (2:02.15) and the 100 butterfly (53.89).
Dutchtown’s Alyssa Dilldine came into the meet with top times in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, and won both. Dilldine’s winning times were 1:53.68 and 5:08.54 respectively.
Episcopal coach Alex Rayner said the fact that his team has no year-round swimmers made the second-place finishes more satisfying.
“It’s all high school swimmers, but we’re a quality team,” Rayner said. “In the girls meet, we swam out of our minds. We had a great meet, and we’re really looking forward to state. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”