Swim Team Wins Second Straight State Title
The CHS swim team won the LHSAA Division I State Championship in Sulphur, Louisiana on Saturday November 22 for the 3rd time in 4 years to finish the season undefeated. This was also the first time CHS has ever won back-to-back state championships in the sport of swimming. Ití´s the programí´s 4th state championship since 2005.
The team scored 416 points which is the second most ever scored at state meet by a CHS team. We won the meet by 28 points which is the second biggest margin of victory for the Bears in their four championship seasons, each time beating Jesuit High School, a program with 37 state championships in the sport. CHS is the only team to defeat Jesuit at state meet since 1978.
This is the third state championship in four years for the senior class, the most won by a class in CHS history. Brady Grenfell and Connor Futch are the first swimmers in the history of Catholic High to swim at three state championship winning meets, and Grenfell is the first swimmer in the history of CHS to swim and score on three state championship teams. Futch was a double medalist with 3rd places in the 200 IM and 100 back and Grenfell a medalist with 2nd in the 100 fly. Matt Comeaux and Nick Seagraves rounded out a solid group of senior scorers. The sophomore and freshman classes are undefeated in their high school careers. This is the 2nd perfect season in a row for the Bears, and three of the last four seasons have been undefeated.
The team was 31/32 best times on the season in prelims and turned around and went 21/29 best season times in finals.
The Bears broke the LHSAA Divison I and Composite State Record in the 200 Freestyle Relay, and Colin Bone broke the LHSAA and Divison I record two different times at the meet in the 100 free. The relay team of Colin Bone, Nick Seagraves, Nick Romero and Brady Grenfell went 1:25.17 to obliterate the 1:25.47 Jesuit set in 2006. The swim is also a NISCA Automatic All American qualifying time. Colin Boneí´s lead off split of 20.91 also would have been fast enough to win the 50 freestyle individual event. The leadoff split was also a Consideration All-American cut. Boneí´s time of 45.06 in the 100 freestyle is also a new LHSAA Division I and Composite State Record. Bone broke his own Division I record of 46.30 set in 2013 and the Composite record of 45.84 set by Patrick Riess of Newman in 2012. Bone had previously broken both records when he went 45.46 in prelims on Friday. Boneí´s time is also an Automatic All-American qualifying time. Boneí´s time of 1:38.80 in the 200 free is also an Automatic All-American qualifying time. Colin Bone was also named Outstanding Male Swimmer of the Meet. Colin won his 6th individual state championship, and 6th relay state championship of his career. He is undefeated at state swim meets in his career.
Overall, CHS won 4 out of 11 events contested, and scored the maximum 4 swimmers in 5 out of 8 individual events. 18 out of the 19 swimmers that were entered in the meet scored points for the team. The Bears had 4 All American swims, 3 of which are automatic qualifiers.
The Top 10 Final Scores were:
1. Catholic High School: 416
2. Jesuit High School: 388
3. Mandeville High School: 225
4. Hahnville High School: 169
5. St. Paulí´s High School : 150
6. Northshore High School: 137
7. Barbe High School: 105
8. Fountainbleu High School: 86
9. Lafayette High School: 69
10. Slidell High School: 66
Individual and Relays scored:
200 Medley Relay- 2nd place: Connor Futch, Jonathan McKeough, Brady Grenfell, Nick Seagraves
200 Freestyle- 1st place: Colin Bone, 3rd place: Lance Rodriguez, 8th place: Will de la Bretonne, 10th place: Sion Cavana
200 IM- 3rd place: Connor Futch, 8th place: Braden Nyboer, 13th place: Jonathan McKeough, 16th place: Connor Waits
50 Free- 5th place: Brady Grenfell, 12th place: Carter Richard, 14th place: Chase Brouillette
100 Fly- 2nd place: Brady Grenfell, 11th place: Matt Comeaux, 12th place: Brennan Burke, 15th place: Will de la Bretonne
100 Free- 1st place: Colin Bone, 3rd place: Nick Seagraves, 7th place: Nick Romero,
500 Free- 2nd place: Braden Nyboer, 4th place: Lance Rodriguez, 8th place: Sion Cavana, 11th place: Sam Gianfala
200 Free Relay- 1st place: Colin Bone, Nick Seagraves, Nick Romero, Brady Grenfell
100 Back- 3rd place: Connor Futch, 5th place: Nick Seagraves, 11th place: Matt Comeaux, 16th place: Grant Dawson
100 Breast- 4th place: Jonathan Mckeough, 5th place: Nick Romero, 16th place: Jack Lopoo
400 Free Relay- 1st place: Colin Bone, Lance Rodriguez, Braden Nyboer, Nick Romero
“What a tremendous team effort! The boys used a combination of outstanding quality swims and suffocating depth to outlast Jesuit. When the meet started and a few things started to go Jesuití´s way through no fault of our own, the boys hung tough and were resilient. Jesuit really swam amazing in the first 7 events and even though we were swimming well, it felt like things were slipping away because of how fast they were swimming. The 8th event, the 200 free relay finally turned the tide of momentum and turned the meet around. The boys closed the last 4 events almost 20 points better than in prelims. The cheering and fan support by CHS and SJA were awesome!” commented Head Swim Coach Doug Logsdon ’00. “I could not be more proud of the way our team behaved and swam this weekend. What an amazing group of guys who are polite, courteous, have good sportsmanship, can really swim fast, and like to compete. This was truly a team effort. When things got down, the cheering and attitude picked the team back up. I said it over and over and over again: fast in prelims, and faster in finals. Thatí´s what it ultimately took to win the meet. It was an amazing weekend.?”