Seven Records Fall as University High Girls, E.D. White Catholic Boys Win Louisiana 3A State Titles

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The 2018 Louisiana 3A State Swimming Championships took place on Nov. 15 at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur, La.

Seven 3A were broken as University High won the girls’ meet with 316 points while E.D. White Catholic repeated as boys’ team champions with a final score of 280.

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Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. University High – 316
2. E.D. White Catholic – 239
3. Episcopal – 208
4. Parkview Baptist – 191
5. St. Charles Catholic – 190

University High began their dominant performance as Johanna CangelosiAbby BaumgartnerMaddilyn Geyer and Jenna Van Hoogstraten won the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:52.23 for a new DIII record.

Soon after helping her team to relay gold, Cangelosi was back in the water to win the 200 free in 1:55.30 as the first of only four swimmers to break the two-minute barrier. Cabrini’s Madisyn EnglandRachael MiproSarah Keith and Kathryn Mipro combined to win the 4×50 free relay by three seconds in 1:41.96 for a new DIII record.

Parkview Baptist’s Jolee Liles dominated the 200 IM, winning by just over ten seconds in a time of 2:03.39 to defend her title. She is the current Louisiana State record holder in this event after swimming a 2:02.21 at this meet last year. She then won the 500 free by 30 seconds in 4:53.99, fast enough for a new DIII record and just off the State mark of 4:53.82.

Vandebilt Catholic’s Madison Castell won a close 50 free battle, splashing and dashing her way to the State title in 2481 – only seven-hundredths faster than runner-up Katherine Bush (24.89) of Loyola College Prep. Bush then went on to win the 100 free in a quick 53.57.

Parkview Baptist’s Rylee Moore was the only swimmer in the field to break the one-minute mark in the 100 fly, doing so in 57.01 for the win. She was also the only swimmer under 60 seconds in the 100 back, grabbing her second gold of the meet in 55.44. Moore successfully defended her title in both events.

Baumgartner got her hands to the wall first in the 100 breast, stopping the clock in 1:08.07 for the win. She then joined teammates Cangelosi, Emily Peak and Van Hoogstraten to conclude the girls’ meet as victors in the 4×100 free relay with a four-second win in 3:45.01.

Boys Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. E.D. White Catholic – 280
2. Lusher Charter – 273
3. Episcopal – 245
4. University High – 194.5
5. David Thibodeaux Stem Magnet – 178

The boys’ meet began as E.D. White Catholic’s Collin KlingmanJacques RathleDawson Jeansonne and Brendan Martin won the 4×50 medley relay in 1:39.78, four seconds faster than the runner-up and in DIII record-setting fashion.

Not too long after, Rathle was back on top of the podium in the 200 IM after dropping over six seconds from his prelims swim to win in 1:52.37 for a new DIII record. Rathle also finished first in the 100 breast (57.34) as the only swimmer under the minute mark. He defended his titles in both events and set a new DIII mark in the latter.

Lee Magnet’s Riley Brown (1:57.09) was also under the two-minute mark for second place. Brown later won the 100 back in 53.16. Klingman flew to first in the 100 fly, getting his hands to the wall faster than the rest of the field in 51.71.

University High’s Christopher Richardson cruised to first in the 200 free, grabbing the gold in 1:44.05. Richardson won the 500 for the second-straight year, stopping the clock ten seconds ahead of the field in 4:42.20.

Jennings’ Brennon Conner sprinted his way to first place in the 50 free, grabbing the title in a swift 21.52. Shortly after, he was back in the water to earn his second gold in the 100 free with a time of 46.92 for a two-second victory over the runner-up and a new DIII mark.

Zhang then joined Noah BalbonMiles Hamilton and George Carlson to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:31.49. Balbon, Adam Poche, Hamilton and Zhang also concluded the meet as winners in the 4×100 free relay (3:23.44).

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