The possible distraction of a big LSU football weekend didn’t affect the focus of the swim teams entered in the Capital City Swim League meet at Crawfish Aquatics/Exerfit of Baton Rouge on Saturday.
Fourteen boys teams and 12 girls teams competed in two separate meets, with Lutcher’s boys and girls winning the early session, while Catholic High (boys) and Episcopal (girls) won the second meet.
“These guys spend 20-25 hours a week in the pool, so we’re not worried about the LSU-Florida game at all,” Catholic coach Doug Logsdon said.
“We’re here to swim fast. We only have four (regular season) meets here, so you only have four chances to qualify (for the state meet). We cheered for each other and created a great team atmosphere, and two kids today, Connor Futch (200 IM) and Matt Comeaux (100 backstroke).”
Catholic totaled 646 points. Episcopal (296), University (236) and Walker (229). Episcopal’s girls scored 611, ahead of U-High (270) and Walker (240).
Chanler Turnley was a double winner for Episcopal, winning the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races.
The Knights’ Caroline Sides won the 100 butterfly and was second in the next event, the 100 free.
“I was just kind of swimming against myself in the fly,” Sides said. “It (1:08.81) was my best time of the year. I knew I would be tired in the free, and I just tried to swim all out.”
Catholic’s Braden Nyboer (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle) and Colin Bone (50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.
The Lutcher girls scored 399 points to 324 for second-place Baton Rouge High. St. Michael edged Zachary for third place, 248-232. Jolee Liles of Parkview Baptist (100 and 200 freestyles) and Kara Ye of Baton Rouge High (200 individual medley and 100 butterfly) were double winners.
Lutcher’s boys rolled up 483.50 points. Zachary (361) and BRHS (225) were next.
LHS had two individual winners, Luke Zeringue (50 freestyle) and Dennan Deslattes (100 breaststroke. Parkview’s John Miller (100 and 200 freestyles) was the only boys double winner.
The second session was delayed briefly while firemen from the St. George Fire Department attended to Central’s Sean Murphy. Murphy, who qualified for state in the 100-yard freestyle earlier, collapsed after finishing eighth in the 500 free. Central coach Scott Osborne said Murphy was taken to the hospital for observation.