The St. Joseph’s Academy swim team captured its 18th consecutive Capital City Swim League Championship following the two-day meet November 2 and 3. The championship meet was held at Crawfish Aquatics.
The Redstickers scored 480 points to outdistance the 19-team field. Rounding out the top five were Baton Rouge High (223), Episcopal (222), Lutcher (202) and University Lab School (194).
Head coach George Newport called the victory a dominating performance. “The Redstickers easily outdistanced the field,” he said. “This was a total team victory. All 22 ladies entered in the meet scored points either in relays or individual events. The total team concept will be needed for victory at the state meet.” The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Swim Meet will be held November 22 and 23 at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur.
The following swimmers scored points towards the team’s total. Times listed are from the final round on Sunday.
200 Medley Relay: Gabby Joffrion, Kate Russell, Anna Webre and CeCe Werth, 1st place, 1:55.93
200 Freestyle: CeCe Werth, 1st place, 1:59.88; Katherine Scully, 5th place, 2:05.01; Meredith Martin, 7th place, 2:09.91; Caroline Tucker, 16th place, 2:23.04
200 Individual Medley: Gabby Joffrion, 4th place, 2:17.92; Caroline Beck, 5th place, 2:20.16; Anna Webre, 6th place, 2:21.25; Erin Hollis, 9th place, 2:29.16
50 Freestyle: Amanda Andrews, 3rd place, 25.67; Julia Brinson, 4th place, 26.10; Mary Stuckey, 9th place, 26.96; Quynh-Mai Nguyen, 8th place, 27.48
100 Butterfly: Amanda Andrews, 1st place, 59.77; Camden Hull, 4th place, 1:03.31; Anna Webre, 7th place, 1:04.07; Kate Russell, 9th place, 1:07.29
100 Freestyle: Caroline Munson, 2nd place, 56.00; Julia Brinson, 4th place, 57.27; Grace Jackson, 9th place, 1:01.32; Frances Purgerson, 14th place, 1:02.54
500 Freestyle: CeCe Werth, 1st place, 5:14.92; Katherine Scully, 7th place, 5:45.69; Meredith Martin, 8th place, 5:47.54; Bonnie Claire Verret, 11th place, 6:14.87
100 Backstroke: Caroline Munson, 2nd place, 1:02.28; Erin Hollis, 5th place, 1:07.55; Camden Hull, 9th place, 1:08.21; Grace Jackson, 6th place, 1:08.42
100 Breaststroke: Gabby Joffrion, 2nd place, 1:12.32; Caroline Beck, 4th place, 1:13.64; Kate Russell, 5th place, 1:14.42; Bonnie Claire Verret, 9th place, 1:17.45
400 Freestyle Relay: Julia Brinson, CeCe Werth, Caroline Munson and Amanda Andrews, 1st place, 3:48.45
Senior Kate Russell said it was an amazing feeling to capture the program’s 18th consecutive city championship. “Everyone swam incredibly fast, and some even put up lifetime best times,” she said. “You could definitely tell that SJA came to win by our fast times and our loud presence in the stands. I am very excited for the state meet in Sulphur. The competition this year is going to make us bring our A-game, but I am confident that we can come out on top and continue our winning streak.”
Junior Amanda Andrews agreed. “It’s amazing to continue this tradition of winning and the exciting feeling of victory we’ve had since early in the season,” she said. “I can’t wait to see what this team has in store for state.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Nan Murtagh and Sarah Hardin