The St. Joseph’s Academy swim team dominated the 19-team field to capture its 21st consecutive Capital City Swim League Championship. Winning five of the 11 events, including a sweep of all three relays, the Redstickers scored 587 points to easily outdistance the field. Rounding out the top four were Baton Rouge High (274), Episcopal (247) and University High (234).
Every one of the 18 swimmers competing in individual events in Saturday’s finals session scored a top eight finish. The two-day meet was held October 28-29 at Crawfish Aquatics.
“The girls did a fantastic job handling the challenges of a big meet,” said head coach Ali Buchart. “Like all our other competitions, the girls did their best, and the points reflected the effort. This weekend was a positive event which shows great promise for the state meet.”
Top eight finishers were as follows:
200 Medley Relay: Kate Fawley, Audrey Lemoine, Claudia Magee and Caroline Munson, 1st place, 1:52.24
200 Freestyle: Lyla Roper, 2nd place, 1:56.59; Laura Purgerson, 3rd place, 1:57.80; Meredith Martin, 5th place, 2:05.97; Claire Lofland, 6th place, 2:07.48
200 Individual Medley: Caroline Beck, 2nd place, 2:14.09; Caroline Roberts, 3rd place, 2:14.23; Maddox Saurage, 4th place, 2:16.67; Madeline Oubre, 8th place, 2:23.50
50 Freestyle: Anna Guidroz, 1st place, 25.14; Caroline Munson, 2nd place, 25.47; Mary Grace Talbot, 4th place, 25.66; Audrey Rothkamm, 7th place, 26.80
100 Butterfly: Audrey Lemoine, 4th place, 1:01.95; Claudia Magee, 6th place, 1:02.55: Isabella Vargas, 7th place, 1:04.09
100 Freestyle: Anna Guidroz, 1st place, 53.88; Caroline Munson, 2nd place, 55.70
500 Freestyle: Caroline Roberts, 2nd place, 5:22.87; Meredith Martin, 4th place, 5:33.86; Claire Lofland, 5th place, 5:36.73; Sydney Kline, 7th place, 5:52.07
200 Freestyle Relay: Anna Guidroz, Kate Fawley, Mary Grace Talbot and Caroline Munson, 1st place, 1:41.45
100 Backstroke: Lyla Roper, 2nd place; 59.89; Laura Purgerson, 3rd place, 1:00.64; Ava Schoen, 7th place, 1:04.83
100 Breaststroke: Caroline Beck, 2nd place, 1:09.92; Madeline Oubre, 4th place, 1:10.48; Audrey Lemoine, 5th place, 1:11.31; Ainsley Roberts, 6th place, 1:12.57
400 Freestyle Relay: Lyla Roper, Caroline Roberts, Laura Purgerson and Anna Guidroz, 1st place, 3:40.60
Six seniors were named to the All-Metro All-Academic team: Caroline Beck, Emma Dalton, Auldyn Fault, Claudia Magee, Meredith Martin and Ainsley Roberts. That was the most of any school.
The LHSAA State Swimming Meet will be held November 18-19 at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur. SJA will be vying for its 12th state title in a row.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Craig Gannuch, Gillian Helm and Nan Murtagh