2021 Louisiana Short Course State Championships
- Thursday March 25-Sunday March 28, 2021
- Multiple sites: Shreveport, Ruston, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Short Course Yards
- Final Combined Results and Team Scores
The 2021 Louisiana LSC Short Course State Championship meets were split among three locations due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with results combined for final standings.
Rathle, who leads Auburn’s recruiting class for the fall, continues to drop time. Rathle set six new personal best times this past weekend. This comes just three weeks after setting five new personal best swims at the Tupelo TYR Invite.
Rathle’s top swim came in the 400 IM as swam 3:45.90, dropping over three seconds from his time in Tupelo. That time would have placed 5th at this year’s SEC meet, well ahead of Auburn’s top finisher, Evan McInerny who placed 20th.
The 200 freestyle will be an event to keep an eye on for Rathle as he develops in college. He led off the 800 free relay on Thursday in 1:35.65, which was over a second faster than the 1:36.86 he swam in Tupelo. Rathle will be challenging for a spot on the 800 free relay as his time was faster than Auburn’s slowest split this year.
His other best times this weekend came in the 50 free, 500 free, 100 butterfly, and 200 breaststroke. Rathle led-off the mixed 200 free relay in 20.80, which was his first time under 21 seconds. He dropped almost four seconds in his 500 as he swam 4:23.32 compared to 4:27.19 in Tupelo. His 100 butterfly time of 49.33 was a best time by over 1.5 seconds. In the 200 breaststroke, his time of 1:58.68 was just a hair faster than his 1:58.74 in Tupelo.
Auburn will have multiple incoming freshmen under 4:24 in the 500 as Grant Davis swam a 4:23.73 just over a week ago at the Georgia Senior State Meet. At the same meet, fellow Auburn commit Andrew Simmons swam a 1:45.12 in the 200 backstroke and a 3:53.88 in the 400 IM. Auburn’s recruiting class will be looking to help the Tigers move up from their 8th place finish at this year’s SEC meet.
TCU commit Rylee Moore of Crawfish set five new best times this weekend. She broke 54 for the first time in the 100 back as she swam a 53.71. Her 100 fly time of 55.53 was her first best time in the event since 2018. Her time of 2:01.15 in the 200 fly was over two seconds faster than the 2:03.46 she swam in Tupelo. Moore led-off the 200 free relay in 24.32, which was almost a half-second drop from her previous best of 24.79. Her 51.61 lead-off in the 400 free relay was Moore’s first time under 52.
Other notable swims from Baton Rouge:
- Ema Lavigne of Crawfish won the girls 100 breaststroke in 1:03.90, over a second drop from her previous best of 1:04.93.
- Collin Klingman of Crawfish won the boys 200 butterfly in 1:50.31, about a second off his best of 1:49.35. He also won the 1650 in a best time of 15:50.87. Klingman will be heading to Auburn in the fall of 2022.
- Christopher Richardson of Crawfish won the boys 100 backstroke with a best time of 49.49.
- West Virginia commit Riley Brown of Crawfish won the 200 back in 1:47.86, just off his best of 1:47.49.