Martin Owen, Grace Horton Among Double Winners at Louisiana High School State Champs


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There were some tight races at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association girls and boys swimming state champions this weekend. In the Division 1 meet the Catholic High School Bears and Jesuit High School had an intense back and forth in the boys’ meet. The Division 2 meets featured more decisive scores.

Division 1

The Catholic High School Bears boys scored 483 points on Saturday. Jesuit High School tallied 450, putting both schools well ahead of third place St. Paul’s School with 112. The schools showed their dominance in the opening relay where Catholic swam Grant DawsonJonathan MckeoughCarter Richard, and Nick Romero and won in 1:35.04. On their heals was Jesuit’s Charles KorndorfferDavis EdwardsMichael Foley, and Noah Wilkins in 1:35.24. The next best time was a 1:42.40.

Catholic’s Sion Cavana won the 200 freestyle in 1:41.66. Jesuit’s Josh Armond was runner up in 1:42.99. Jesuit fired back in the 50 freestyle as Wilkins stopped the clock in 21.31, just faster than Romero in 21.52. Jesuit then went one-two in the 100 butterfly with Jack Johnson (49.98) and Korndorffer (50.14).

Cavana then captured the 100 freestyle title in 46.88 ahead of a Jesuit duo: Wilkins (47.11) and Foley (47.27).

Rummel’s Thomas Vanderbrook won the 200 IM in 1:50.80 and the 100 backstroke in 50.06. With a 59.57 Ricky LaFleur won the 100 breaststroke.

Jesuit won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:26.19 with Connor Schwartz, Wilkins, Johnson, and Jack Baudouin. In 1:27.15 Catholic was second with Cavana, Richard, Braden Nyboer, and Romero. Johnson, Josh Armond, Schwartz, and Foley combined to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:09.66) for Jesuit. Catholic touched second in 3:10.11 with Nyboer, Lance Michael RodriguezDaniel Woodruff, and Cavana.

On the girls side, St. Joseph’s Academy scored 314.5 points to Mount Carmel Academy’s 280.

Northshore’s Madelyn ByrdAubrey St. PierreCora Delgado, and Jaycee Morrison won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.22. Delgado won the 200 freestyle in 1:55.85.

St. Joseph’s took the 200 freestyle relay in 1:41.04 with the team of Annalane LeeAbigail CazesClaire Bass, and Bethany Seagraves. They then swapped Bass for Kirby Black to take the 400 freestyle relay in 3:38.28. Seagraves took home two individual title with a 2:08.54 200 IM and a 56.68 100 bacsktroke.

BR High’s Nora Scott won the 50 freestyle (24.72) and Mount Carmel’s Emily Schexnayder won the 100 free in 53.13. Lafayette’s Ashlyn Hunt dominated the 100 butterfly with a 56.50. Mount Carmel’s junior Kaylin Swoboda posted a winning 1:05.41 in the 100 breaststroke.

Divison 2

Ruston High was dominant in the boys’ meet, scoring 494 points to Holy Cross’ 239. The Saint Scholastica girls were champions with 303 points.

Ruston swept the boys’ relays. Jackson BoersmaBlake RhymesNathan Hegab, and John Higginbotham swam a 1:43.09 in the 200 medley. Higginbotham, Cameron RobertsChristian Payne, and Boersma combined for a 1:31.55 in the 200 freestyle relay. Rhymes, Roberts, Haegab and Justin Holmes then won the 400 freestyle relay bt sixteen seconds with a 3:24.50.

Boersma went onto win the 50 freestyle in 21.32 and the 100 breaststroke in 58.03. Holmes touched first in the 100 backstroke (54.03).

Holy Cross won two individual events. Alec Adams posted a 1:46.37 in the 200 freestyle and a 52.89 in the 100 butterfly.

Martin Owen was the only swimmer under five minutes in the 500 freestyle, smoking the field in 4:46.77. He also won the 200 IM in 1:56.29, the only finisher faster than two minutes.

Third place finishers St. Thomas Moore won the opening and closing girls’ relays. Grace HortonAshley RichardElla Balhoff, and Elizabeth Skinner swam a 1:53.40 in the 200 medley relay. They then swapped Balhoff for Hannah Richard and won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:42.55. In between Cabrini’s Gabriella O’NeilMadisyn EnglandSarah Keith, and Kathryn Mipro won the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:40.99.

O’Neil was the only finisher under two minutes in the 200 freestyle with a winning 1:56.94. She also topped the 100 breaststroke podium in 1:08.71. Horton dominated the 100 freestyle in 51.73 and then won the 100 backstroke by nearly five seconds with a 55.84.

Ruston senior Maddie Carson stopped the clock in 2:12.62 in the 200 IM. Her teammate Kelsey Davis won the 500 free in 5:23.47. Brianna Serret (Academy of the Sacred Heart) won the 100 butterfly in 58.05.

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