Numerous State Records Fall as Jesuit Boys, St. Joseph’s Girls Win LHSAA D1 Titles

Louisiana High School Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships

Girls Meet Recap

While Dominican ultimately took 2nd overall, they picked up five event wins on the day, including a sweep of the relays. To start the meet off, Riley Crespo, Kayleigh Jollands, Kendall Jollands, and Haley Valdine took gold in the 200 medley by nearly five seconds, finishing in 1:47.75. The 200 free relay saw Jollands and Valdine joined by Virginia Robinson and Annalise Gagliano to finish with a final time of 1:38.83. Robinson, Jollands, Crespo, and Gagliano finished the night off with a time of 3:37.05 in the 400 free relay.

Dominican also had a pair of individual event winners on the day, with Gagliano taking first in the 50 free (24.67) and Kaylee Caro winning the 500 free (5:14.85).

The swimmer of the meet award on the women’s side went to Captain Shreve senior Lillian Tichenor. Tichenor started her meet off by resetting the Division 1 record in the 200 IM, finishing in 2:03.73. The previous record was set in 2012 by Kara Kopsco, who went on to be a multiple time NCAA Championships qualifier at Louisiana State University. Tichenor picked up a second win in the 100 fly (55.67), narrowly missing the record help by Kopsco in that event as well.

After taking second in the 200 free earlier in the meet, Mandeville’s Layla Allen picked up a win in the 100 free. The junior finished in 53.18, just off her time of 53.03 from prelims of the event.

Other Event Winners

  • Cailyn Bradford, a junior from CE Byrd, took the top spot in the 200 free, finishing in 1:53.32. She also added a third place finish in the 100 fly (59.73).
  • Freshman Emma Cate Dobie of Mandeville claimed the gold medal in the 100 breast, touching first over Dominican’s Haley Valdine in a time of 1:05.39.

Girls Final Scores

  1. St. Joseph’s – 422
  2. Dominican – 393
  3. Mount Carmel – 178
  4. Baton Rouge Magnet – 173
  5. Northshore – 165

Boys Meet Recap

Jesuit started and ended the meet on high notes, setting state records in both the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay on their way to gold.

In the 200 medley, Jack Primeaux, Ethan Paul Bauer, Enzo Solitario, and Lee Reymond combined to finish in 1:34.40, three-tenths of a second faster than the previous record set by Jesuit in 2017. Solitario and Reymond were then joined by Truman Breithaupt and Joseph Capo in the 400 free relay where they lowered the state record by over a second, finishing in 3:08.65. Enzo, a sophomore, had the fastest time in the field, with his lead-off leg of 45.95 being nearly a second faster than any other split in the race.

After helping Jesuit to the state record in the 200 medley, Primeaux picked up a pair of individual titles as well. In the 100 back, he dipped below the Division 1 record previously held by current Notre Dame senior Charles Korndorffer, to win with a time of 49.46. He was the only athlete to finish under 52 seconds in the event, as runner-up Alex Cooper of Catholic was over two seconds back in 52.41.

Primeaux had a closer race in the 100 fly, where four swimmers turned within a tenth of a second of each other at the halfway mark. Primeaux was able to out-split the field on the back half, finishing three-tenths of a second ahead of runner-up Kayden Hedrick with a time of 50.32.

Joining Primeaux as a multiple-event winner at the meet was West Monroe’s Adam Wiedemeier. For the second straight year, the senior claimed the top spot in both the 100 free (44.54) and 200 free (1:36.76). In the 200 free, he set the Division 1 and overall state records, previously held by Colin Bone and Christopher Richardson, respectively. Richardson’s record was set just last year. Wiedemeier also reset both records in the 100 free, although he already owned both. As a junior last year, he set the mark at 44.61. Wiedemeier was recognized as the swimmer of the meet for his record-setting efforts.

Other Event Winners

  • William DeJean, a senior at Catholic, won a tight race over Enzo Solitario in the 200 IM to take his second straight gold in a time of 1:53.42. DeJean is committed to join Southern Methodist next fall.
  • Along with helping Jesuit to a pair of relay wins, Lee Reymond picked up an individual title in the 50 free. The senior finished in a time of 21.47.
  • Jason Ge of Baton Rouge Magnet took the top spot in the 100 breast, finishing in a lifetime best of 57.59.
  • Catholic’s relay team of Sammy Smith, James Stuckey, Jackson DeJean, and William DeJean stopped Jesuit’s relay sweep in the 200 free relay, narrowly edging them out in a time of 1:27.13.

Boys Final Scores

  1. Jesuit – 365
  2. Catholic – 302
  3. Baton Rouge Magnet – 249
  4. St. Pauls – 179
  5. Destrehan – 164

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