Bears Bring home LHSAA Division 1 Swimming State Championship
The CHS Swim Team won its 2nd consecutive LHSAA Division 1 State Championship on Saturday November 21 at the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana in Shreveport. This is the 7th state championship for the Bears in 10 years (’11,’13,’14,’15,’16,’19) and the 8th overall for the program (2005). The Bears dominated the competition by winning 6 out of 11 events contested, including all 3 relays.
Three different swimmers won events for the Bears (Mitchell Gillem, Garrett Accardo, Will Cooper), with Gillem being named Most Outstanding Performer of the Division 1 meet. He was the champion in the 50 free and his time is an All-American Consideration time (20.74).
The Bears achieved two other All-American consideration times in the 200 free relay (1:25.37: Garrett Accardo, Gillem, Joseph Duncan, William DeJean) and 400 free relay (3:08.64 Accardo, Gillem, Will Cooper, DeJean).
In addition, the time of 3:08.64 in the 400 Free Relay is an LHSAA Division 1 and LHSAA Composite state record. The Bears bested the performance of the 2013 CHS Bears (3:09.22: Bone, Seagraves, Rodriguez, B. Grenfell).
Scoring for the Bears:
200 Medley Relay: 1st place Stewart Black, Joseph Duncan, Reid Schroeder, Jeffery Talbot
200 Free: 2nd place Will Cooper, 3rd place William DeJean, 11th place Parker St. Romain
200 IM: 3rd place William Kitto, 4th Joseph Duncan, 9th place Sean Melancon, 16th place Alex Cooper
50 Free: 1st place Mitchell Gillem*, 2nd place Garrett Accardo, 11th place Adam Werth, 12th place Sammy Smith
100 Fly: 7th place Stewart Black, 8th place Reid Schroeder, 12th place Thomas Bellanger
100 Free: 1st place Garrett Accardo, 2nd place Mitchell Gillem, 6th place Jeffery Talbot, 14th place Sammy Smith
500 Free: 1st place Will Cooper, 2nd William DeJean, 5th place William Kitto, 6th place Sean Melancon
200 Free Relay*: 1st place Garrett Accardo, Mitchell Gillem, Joseph Duncan, William DeJean
100 Back: 4th place Stewart Black, 5th place Jeffery Talbot, 8th place Adam Werth, 12th place George Scully
100 Breast: 2nd Joseph Duncan, 12th place William Bright
400 Free Relay**: 1st place Garrett Accardo, Mitchell Gillem, Will Cooper, William DeJean
*All American Consideration time
**LHSAA Division 1 and Composite State Record
The Bears will next be in action on Tuesday, December 1 at the Fall Sports Convocation with their parents at 6:30pm in the CHS gymnasium.