Jillian Barczyk Breaks State Record; Isidore Newman Boys Four-Peat at Louisiana 2A Championships

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The 2018 Louisiana State 2A Swimming Championships took place on Nov. 15 at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur, La.

Isidore Newman won their fourth-consecutive team title on the boys’ meet, while Ascension Episcopal won their first-ever championship crown for the girls. Ascension Episcopal senior Jillian Barczyk was named the girls’ Swimmer of the Meet for her Louisiana State record-breaking performance in the 200 free.

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Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Ascension Episcopal – 278
2. Isidore Newman – 267
3. McGehee – 206
4. Calvary Baptist – 168
5. Episcopal School of Acadiana – 141

Ascension Episcopal began their winning ways as the quartet of Ashley GillSophie Sierveid, Barczykand Grace Sheets won the 4×50 medley relay in 1:539.95 – six seconds ahead of the field and fast enough for a new DIV record.

Soon after helping her relay team to victory, Barczyk dominated the 200 free, winning the event by ten seconds in a swift 1:48.87. Her time not only set a new DIV mark, but also was a new LHSAA record. Barczyk was also victorious in the 500 free as the only swimmer to clear five minutes in 4:58.43; she still holds the LHSAA record of 4:53.82 set in 2016 and defended both of her titles.

Calvary Baptist’s Sarah Holt posted an eight-second win in the 200 IM, stopping the clock in 2:09.54 for the gold. Soon after, she flew to first in the 100 fly with a time of 57.03 as the only swimmer to sneak under the minute mark for a new DIV record. Holt defended her titles in both races.

Northlake Christian’s Sage Angeletti sprinted her way to first in the 50 free as the only swimmer under the 25-second barrier with a final time of 24.49 to defend her title. Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Elena Alvarado got her hands to the wall first in the 100 breast, knocking off nearly three seconds from her prelims swim to take the victory in 1:10.42.

Gill powered home to a win in the 100 free, touching the wall in 54.24. She added her second individual gold in the 100 back in 58.95 to successfully defend her title; Isidore Newman’s Katherine Kramer was also under 60 seconds in 59.34 for second place.

Calvary Baptist’s Caroline HorneMolly McDowellLiberty Haase and Holt combined to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:47.29. Ascension Episcopal secured their victory as Barczyk, Ella SheetsLily Dore and Gill won the 4×100 free relay in 3:54.97.

Boys Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Isidore Newman – 385
2. Calvary Baptist – 253
3. Pope John Paul II – 225
4. Patrick F. Taylor – 217
5. St. Martin’s – 144

The boys’ meet began as Calvary Baptist’s Christian BoothBen PonderJeffrey Cochran and Josh Roper combined to win the 4×50 medley relay in 1:41.73, just ahead of Isidore Newman (1:41.95). Booth, Cochran and Ponder teamed up with Martin McDowell to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:35.52.

Not too long after, Ponder was back in the water to win an individual gold in the 200 IM, shaving over four seconds from his prelims swim to win in 2:00.24. Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Ryan Rhoades posted a close victory in the 100 breast, getting his hands to the wall first in 1:01.30, just ahead of his teammate Michael Dela Rosa (1:01.56).

Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Jack Aldridge dominated the 200 free, posting a 13-second victory in 1:45.45 to shave eight seconds from his morning swim. His second win of the day came in the 100 fly, where he got his hands to the wall two seconds ahead of the field in 51.08. He successfully defend his title in both races.

Pope John Paul II’s Davis Legnon splashed-and-dashed his way to a win in the 50 free, besting the field by a full second to earn the gold in 21.60. He also powered home to a 100 free victory as the only swimmer to break the 50-second mark, doing so in a quick 47.69.

Isidore Newman’s Pierce Thionville cruised to first in the 500 free, posting a winning time of 4:42.22 for a 15-second victory to defend his title. He also found himself on top of the podium for the second time in the 100 back, knocking off almost two seconds from his prelims swim to win in 52.49. Thionville was named the boys’ Swimmer of the Meet.

Isidore Newman secured their team victory as the squad of Floris Kulper, Thionville, Ross Jacobson and Melle Koper concluded the meet with a 4×100 free relay win in 3:27.93, 19 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

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Tamara Jacobson
Tamara Jacobson
5 years ago

Super proud of the Newman Greenies! Here’s hoping they can 5-peat next year!

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