Crawfish Aquatics takes Long Course title again

Crawfish Aquatics swept the top individual honors and also claimed the team title as the Louisiana Long Course Swimming Championships concluded Sunday at the LSU Natatorium.

It is the ninth straight long course title and 15th overall for Crawfish, which finished with 5,646.5 points. The victory also gives Crawfish a sweep of short and long course titles in 2013.

“I think the team did really well overall,” coach Jayme Cramer said. “What stands out the most to us is how we fought and competed in relays. That shows depth and quality of a team. Hopefully we are establishing a foundation for this team to continue to improve.”

Meet host Tiger Aquatics was second with 3,788, followed by Nu Wave (3,108.50), Franco’s Fins (2,027), Crescent City Swim Club (1,997.50) and City of Lafayette Swim Team (1,820). TAQ also was second at the short course meet in March.

“We were real excited about Sunday night, and we had some people who stepped it up in the butterflies, breaststrokes and freestyles,” TAQ coach Jeannine Malbrough said. “It’s tough having those events on the last night, but we excelled. We finished with Lance (Rodriguez) going 2:00 in the 200 free and just missing a state record. He’ll have another shot at it.

“We’re proud to represent Baton Rouge and know we’re up against a tough team in Crawfish. We like the competition between the two (Baton Rouge) teams.”

Two Crawfish swimmers who competed in the 15- to 16-year-old age group, Caroline Beene and Colin Bone, were selected as the meet’s Outstanding Swimmers.

“I’m pleased with my meet,” Beene said. “I dropped a lot of time in all my events and I’m getting closer to my goal, which is to make junior nationals. I couldn’t have done it without my team being there to support and push me.”

“I think my best event was the 200 butterfly that I (won) Friday,” Bone said. “I got my goal and went faster than my goal. Helping the team win also means a lot.”

Bone was a double winner during Sunday night’s final session. He won the 15-16 100 butterfly in 57.80 seconds and finished the meet with a victory in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.61. Beene won the girls 15-16 100 butterfly in 1:05.96.

The other double winner was Blast Aquatics’ Trey James, who won the boys 13-14 100 butterfly (1:01.88) and the 200 breaststroke (2:43.30).

James was the high point winner in the boys 13-14 age group; Bone took the same honor in 15-16. The other high point winners were Crawfish’s Ashlyn Hunt (girls 13-14), City of Lafayette’s Victoria Barczyk (girls 15-16), Tiger Aquatics’ Joy Jason (girls open, 17-over) and Crawfish’s John Miller (boys open, 17-over).

Claiming high point honors in the 10-under division were Crawfish’s Rylee Moore (girls) and Pierce Thionville of Nu Wave. Jolee Liles of Crawfish (girls) and Crescent City Swim Club’s Parker Hughes (boys) were the 11-12 high point winners.

Miller gave Crawfish a win to open the evening session, taking first in the 1,500 meters in 16:35.53. Franco Fins’ Megan Loop record the top girls 1,500 time (17:50.15).

Hunt (girls 13-14 100 butterfly, 1:06.25), Cameron Balkom (girls open 200 breaststroke, 2:42.64), Olivia Huffman (girls 13-14 200 freestyle, 2:13.90) and Sean Apsey (boys 14-under 1,500, 17:23.21) were other individual winners in the final session for Crawfish.

Amber Carter (girls open 100 butterfly, 1:00.70), Gabe Rooker (boys open 200 breaststroke, 2:21.83), Stacey Stanfield (girls open 200 freestyle, 2:07.62), Braydon Bergeron (boys open 200 freestyle, 1:59.06), Clayton Black (girls 15-16 200 freestyle, 2:09.48), Jason (girls open 1,500, 18:03.88), Gabe Rooker (boys open 200 freestyle, 2:21.83) and Rodriguez (boys 13-14 200 freestyle, 2:00.95) were individual winners for Tiger Aquatics.

Kevin Conrad, who won the boys 15-16 1,500 (16:46.07), led Nu Wave on Sunday night. Denise Frantz (girls 15-16 200 breaststroke, 2:53.35) also posted a win for Franco’s Fins.