Louisiana 3A State High School Championships

By Brian Savard

SULPHUR, Louisiana, November 28. ST. LOUIS Catholic and Lutcher took honors as the respective women's and men's team champions at the Louisiana 3A State Championships.

Team Scores
St. Louis Catholic corralled the top spot on the women's side of the meet, scoring 375 points throughout the meet. Lutcher placed second with 333 points while Parkview Baptist rounded out the top three teams (293).

Lutcher's dominated the men's competition, delivering a walloping 429.5-point performance. St. Charles Catholic picked up the second-place honor (273) while Parkview Baptist took third (248.5).

Women's Individual Results
Parkview Baptist went two-for-three in the relay events. The contingent of Rachel Jackson, Rebecca Wharton, Abigayle Simmons and Sara Hart combined for a 1:52.63 200 freestyle relay win, marking Parkview Baptist's first relay victory of the meet. Hart, Taylor Moore, Laura Soileau and Simmons concluded the meet with a 3:57.65 showing in the 400 freestyle relay.

Hart stood atop the podium in both of her individual events as well. She took out the 200 freestyle field with a 2:02.36 time and delivered a 55.51 win in the 100 freestyle.

Meggie Schmidt from the Academy of the Sacred Heart put up two convincing individual event wins. She placed first in the 200 IM with a 2:14.12 time before clocking a first-place standard in the 100 butterfly (59.75).

Men's Individual Results
Lutcher grabbed two relay event wins en route to its domination of the men's field. Chris Melancon, Dustin Roussel, Chase Bourgeois and Hunter Louque joined up in the 200 freestyle relay to churn out a 1:37.11 victory. The Lutcher quartet of Melancon, Adam Richard, Bourgeois and Louque overcame a five-second deficit in the 400 freestyle relay, edging out Parkview Baptist by .01 with a 3:40.52 time.

John Michael Moore of Parkview Baptist posted two individual event wins with a 56.32 outing in the 100 butterfly and a 5:01.95 500 freestyle swim.

Brusly's Clint O'Neal whooped his competitors in both of his events. O'Neal unleashed a 22.80 50 freestyle performance that beat out the second-best competitor by more than a second. O'Neal returned in the 100 backstroke, dropping down the hammer with a 57.48 time. The second-place man in the 100 backstroke fell an astonishing 12 seconds behind O'Neal.