A Flurry Of Records Fall At The 2015 Division III & IV Louisiana High School State Championships

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The 2015 Louisiana High School State Championships kicked off this week with the Division 3 and 4 schools hosting finals yesterday.

Division 4 Results:

Isidore Newman School catapulted to the top of the rankings on both the men’s and women’s sides with the women capturing the win with a total of 367 points, while the men finished with a total of 388. Ascension Episcopal School finished second on the women’s side with 232 points and Pope John Paul II High School was second on the men’s side with 175 points. Northlake Christian School finished third for both the men and women (161 and 164 respectively).

Olivia Huffman of The Dunham School dashed to a new state record in the women’s 50 free not once, but three times! Huffman first lowered her 2014 record of 24.33 in prelims of the individual 50 turning in a time of 24.10. The next day in finals she posted a time of 24.03, before lowering it once more to a 24.00 as the leading leg of the 200 free relay.

Huffman later won the 100 free with a time of 51.55, breaking the Division 4 record of 52.40 set by Erica Dagg in 2006 and was named Female Swimmer of the Meet for the second year in a row.

Miles Jantzi, also of The Dunham School, won Male Swimmer of the Meet after his success in the men’s 100 free (49.18) and 100 back (54.58).

Westminster Christian’s Jennifer Johnson dashed to a new state record during prelims of the women’s 100 fly, turning in a time of 58.42. Johnson would win the event the next day with a time of 59.24.

Johnson also grabbed a win in the women’s 200 IM, finishing a strong nine seconds ahead of the competition with a 2:12.43.

Jillian Barczyk of Ascension Episcopal School overturned a 15-year-old record in the women’s 500 free finishing with a 5:03.19. Barczyk’s time sits almost a full five seconds ahead of Margaret Beadle’s 2000 record of 5:08.04. The freshman also challenged Erica Dagg’s 2005 record of 1:53.92 in the 200 free, finishing first with a 1:54.15.

Other Winners: 

  • Matthew Stegen, Northlake Christian School– Men’s 200 free (1:49.50)
  • Donovan Bendana, Episcopal School of Acadiana– Men’s 200 IM (2:06.75)
  • Austin Briggs, Westminster Christian– Men’s 50 free (22.49)

Division 3 Results:

E.D. White Catholic High took home both the men’s and women’s titles collecting a total of 343 and 292 points respectively. Episcopal High School finished second on the women’s side with 268 points, while third went to the women of University High Swimming (218). On the men’s side, it was Saint Louis High School who finished second with 238 points, and Lutcher High School collected 236 points for third.

Erin Trahan of La-Notre Dame High School earned Outstanding Female Swimmer of the Meet after posting wins and new state records in both the women’s 50 free and 100 fly. Trajan lowered her own record of 23.70 from 2014 in the 50 free first down to a 23.28 in prelims, before posting a 23.23 in finals.

Trahan again lowered her own 2014 record in the 100 fly from it’s previous 55.28 to a 54.40, which she turned in during prelims. She would win the event the next day with a final time of 54.78, still under her former record. Trahan’s 100 fly record stands as both the Division III and LHSAA record.

Jay Danos of E.D. White Catholic High collected individual wins in the same events as Trahan. Danos neared the Division III record of 21.51 in the 50 free, finishing with a 21.66. Later, in the 100 fly, Danos turned in a final time of 50.91 to lower the Division III record from its former 51.19 set in 2011 by Clay Furr. 

Danos was named the Outstanding Male Swimmer of the Meet.

Chanler Turnley of Episcopal High School turned in a stunning performance, setting three new Division III records during finals. After narrowly missing the DIII record of 52.70 in the women’s 100 free (an event she won with a time of 52.80), Turnley posted a new state record of 52.58 when she led off the team’s 400 free relay.

That same relay would go on to finish in a time of 3:43.82 lowering the 18-year-old record of 3:44.16 set by Parkview Baptist in 1997. Turnley was joined by Mary Oliver (58.94), Dru Powell (57.53) and Bailey Stevens (54.77).

The junior also grabbed a win and a new DIII record in the women’s 200 free, finishing in a time of 1:55.25. Turnley’s time breaks the nineteen-year-old record of 1:57.28 set by Kim Vilyus in 1996.

Freshman Jolee Liles of Parkview Baptist School dominated the women’s 500 free, placing first with a scorching time of 5:01.09. Liles’ time smashed the previous Division III record of 5:14.24 set in 1996 by Rebekah McClain. Liles also finished first in the women’s 200 IM, nearing the existing DIII and LHSAA record of 2:03.38 with a time of 2:06.93.

The men of E.D. White Catholic High took down two Division III relay records during finals. The 200 medley relay team of Nicolas Rathle (26.33), Hudson Gravois (29.85), Jay Danos (23.20) and Grant DeGravelle (22.75) posted a combined 1:42.13 to finish first and claim the DIII record. The former record of 1:42.47 was set in 2012 by St. Charles Catholic.

The men of E.D. White ended the meet with a bang lowering the 21-year-old record of 3:19.93 set by Vanderbilt Catholic in 1994. The all senior relay team of Danos (48.84), Max Cowen (50.73), Andrew Soignet (51.18) and Rathle (48.17) posted a combined time of 3:18.92.

Other Winners: 

  • William Heinen, Saint Louis High School– Men’s 200 Free (1:47.83)
  • Rathle, E.D. White Catholic High– Men’s 200 IM (1:59.60)
  • Luke Zeringue, Lutcher High School–Men’s 50 Free (49.45)