Ratcliff finishes 2nd; BHS, PHS break records
SULPHUR — One school had a state runner-up finish in an individual event, while another school broke multiple records at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s state swim meet last week.
Central Catholic senior Ryan Ratcliff finished second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.01.
His nemesis, Newman junior Harry Browne, won the event with a time of 1:52.31.
“We knew he had no chance of winning first place because that’s the same guy that beat him” the last two years, Central Catholic coach Charlotte Ratcliff said.
As a team, Central Catholic’s boys finished in 13th place with 47 points. Newman easily took the men’s title with 369 points, nearly 200 points ahead of second-place Dunham.
Ratcliff and fellow senior Gage Green totaled all the point for Central Catholic with their finals’ performances.
While Ratcliff had the top local individual performance, Berwick had the best collective performance as its boys’ and girls’ squads broke multiple records.
Evan Boudreaux broke the school record for the 200-yard individual medley with his time of 2:23.72 in the finals, good enough for 10th place.
Berwick’s Joshua Miller broke the 200-yard freestyle record during prelims.
Quinn DeHart also broke the 100-yard backstroke mark in the finals.
As for the relays, the Berwick girls broke school records in the 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay at the meet.
Overall, Berwick’s girls finished the meet in 15th place in the 200-yard medley relay (senior Morgan Gray, freshman Zoie Estay, sophomore Josie Estay and junior Olivia Gilbert) with a time of 2:23.32, while the Berwick girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay (Zoie Estay, freshman Shanna Roussel, sophomore Marissa Champagne and Gilbert) finished the meet in 14th place with a time of 2:04.76. The 400-yard freestyle relay (Zoie Estay, Josie Estay, Champagne and Gilbert) finished 12th with a mark of 4:44.38
The boys also broke the medley relay record. The squad finished the meet in seventh with a time of 1:57.01. The team consisted of Boudreaux, DeHart, senior Anthony Richard and sophomore Daniel Gray.
DeHart was the top individual finisher with a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.36.
As a team, Berwick’s boys finished ninth with 105 points, while St. Charles Catholic won the meet with 278 points.
The Berwick girls’ team finished 18th with 20 points. Episcopal High won the meet with 307 points.
“I thought our swimmers did really well with the competition we faced, and I see a lot to come in the future with several of them,” Berwick coach B.J. Castaneda said.
The Morgan City boys’ showing was headlined by senior Andrew Albritton, who finished tied for 12th place in the 200-yard individual medley with Brusly’s Matthew Begue. Both finished the race in 2:25.70.
Albritton also finished 14th in the 100-yard butterfly with a finish of 1:05.71, while the Morgan City 200-yard medley relay finished 16th with a time of 2:15.84. The team consisted of freshmen Ethan Aucoin and Carter Arcemont, junior Trevor Vaughn and Albritton.
As a team, Morgan City finished 19th with 9½ points.
“My boys faced tough competition this year,” Morgan City swim coach Becky Bergeron said. “Even Vandebilt Catholic (defending Division 3 champion) scored low in the meet. I am extremely proud of my freshmen boys who swam in their first state meet this year. And even happier for the improvement that Andrew Albritton showed as a senior swimmer. He improved so much from his junior year. I look forward to my young team to shape the future of MCHS swimming.”
Leading Patterson’s showing at state was freshman Austin Thomassie, who finished 16th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:11.93. Thomassie came in seeded 24th and bested his seeded time by nearly three seconds.
His mark broke the school record set by Patterson coach Luke Bienvenu’s son, Andrew Bienvenu, who also set the mark as a freshman.
“Every week he got a little bit better,” Luke Bienvenu said of Thomassie.
As for the team, Luke Bienvenu said his squad, which also brought its 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay, did well with a young squad. The state participants consisted of two sophomores and two freshmen, all first year swimmers.
“We’ll be much better next year,” he said.
In other local action, Central Catholic’s Ratcliff finished fifth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:37.12, while Green finished eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke, with a time of 1:19.65. Green also placed 12th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.70.
Central Catholic junior John Carmody also participated in the 50-yard freestyle and finished with a time of 28.29.
While Ratcliff went down in his placement in the 500-yard freestyle — he came in seeded fourth — he actually bettered his time by more than four seconds from his entry mark.
Charlotte Ratcliff said she was proud of all of her team’s accomplishments.
In Division 3, other Berwick competitors included Miller, eighth in the 100-yard freestyle with a mark of 55.74; Dehart, ninth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.03; Gray, 10th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.32; Boudreaux, 13th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:08.54; and Miller, 16th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:09.68.
The Berwick boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay of Boudreaux, Champagne, Austin Aucoin and Miller finished 10th with a time of 1:43.62, while Berwick’s 400-yard freestyle relay of Miller, DeHart, Champagne and Gray also finished 10th with a time of 3:51.86.
Berwick and Morgan City each placed representatives on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s All-Academic Composite team. Berwick was represented by Shelby Lancon and Shereen Richard, while Morgan City’s Albritton also made the team.