Swimming LHSAA State Championships Have Begun
Mention the Louisiana town “Sulphur” to most Louisiana residents and a handful will know where it is located. Some have never heard of the former mining giant west of Lake Charles. Mention Sulphur to prep swimmers or swim coaches in Louisiana and all can point it out on a map with a gleam in their eyes. Sulphur is the end destination for high school swim teams as the state championships descend on southwest Louisiana every November.
Mention swim state championships and Catholic High is immediately thought of as one of the few powers in the sport. The Bears will get things started on Friday in preliminary action at 10:00 am at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur. CHS and defending state champion Jesuit are expected to compete for the Division I state championship. Northshore, Barbe, St. Paul’s, Dutchtown, Archbishope Rummel, Lafayette, West Monroe, and Baton Rouge High are some of the other main contenders to watch.
The Bears are led by Mason Nyboer who racked up a large number of points at last year’s state meet. Jesuit was victorious in the 2017 state meet, but the Bears have built a dynasty under CHS alum and former swimmer coach Doug Logsdon. “The psych sheets say that the meet will be decided by us and Jesuit again. But, this is the state meet and there are many quality swimmers here in Sulphur. We are focused on qualifying as many on Friday in the prelims and then look forward to swimming really fast in the finals on Saturday”, said Logsdon.
Finals splash off at 9:30 am on Saturday morning in Sulphur. In sixteen of the last seventeen years, Catholic has been the state champion or state runner-up. The Bears have captured a state title in five of the last seven years and look forward to making it six of eight.