Dutchtown’s May claims state title in butterfly

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Spencer May won the state title in the 100-yard butterfly crossing in 51.01. May also placed second in the 100 breaststroke in 52.32.

SULPHUR - Dutchtown’s Spencer May won the state title in the 100-yard butterfly at the Division I State Swimming Championships Saturday evening at SPAR Aquatic Center.

May also placed second in the 100 backstroke, an event he placed third in the previous two seasons. He also placed third last year in the butterfly.

Dutchtown finished 13th overall with 58 points behind May’s performance and two top 15 finished from Charles Doofe.

Jesuit won its third consecutive state title and 34th overall with 315 points. Catholic, the runner-up for the third straight year, finished with 228 points, followed by Rummel with 212 points, Northshore with 171 points and Fontainebleau with 169 points.

St. Amant girls’ team got on the scoreboard with two top seven finishes from Lexi Stone and a relay team and top 15 finishes from Lara Hutchinson and Bridget Champagne, taking12th place with 67 points.

Northshore won the team title with 337 points, followed by St. Joseph’s Academy with 237. Mount Carmel placed third with 176 points, Mandeville fourth with 165 and Fontainebleau fifth with 147.

May, a senior, swam the butterfly in 51.01, earning an All-American consideration. Rummel’s Archie Melcher placed second in 51.42. May had finished fourth in the preliminaries that morning in 53.63

May finished the backstroke in 52.32, which also earned an All-American consideration, but Marc Dorsey of Jesuit won in 51.21. May was third in the preliminaries with a time of 55.15.

Stone placed fifth in the girls 200-yard individual medley finishing in 2:19.12. Colleen Donovan of Northshore won the event in 2:09.23. Stone had finished fifth in the preliminaries that morning in 2:20.88.

Stone finished the 100 freestyle in 57.87 for seventh place behind Donovan’s time of 53.55. Stone preliminary time of 58.33 was good for seventh as well.

Doofe placed 12th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.41, ahead of his preliminary time of 57.92 which was good for the same ranking. In the 100 IM, Doofe finished 15th in 2:08.87, ahead of a preliminary time of 2:09.41.

Hutchinson finished the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.91 for 14th place behind Baton Rouge’s Joanne Chien who touched in 1:01.06. Her preliminary time that morning of 1:18.54 was 11th. Hutchinson failed to qualify in the 50 freestyle finished 33rd in the preliminaries with a time of 28.88.

Champagne placed 15th in the 100 backstroke finishing in 1:08.93 behind Chien’s first-place time of 59.13. Her preliminary time 1:07.43  was good for 12th. Champagne also finished 21st in the 100 freestyle preliminaries in 1:01.42.

Stone, Hutchinson, Champagne and Claire Babin led St. Amant to a seventh place finish in the 200 medley relay in 2:05.80. They earlier took eighth in 2:07.21 in the preliminaries. The same team also took 11th in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:54.28. They previously placed 13th in the preliminaries in 1:56.87.

May Doofe, Ritchie Brennan and Jay Karasuik led Dutchtown to a 10th place finish in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:36.71. They previously placed 10th in the preliminaries with a time of 3:39.08.  The same team was disqualified in the 200 medley relay.

Dutchtown’s Taylor Gautreau placed 22nd in the preliminaries of the girls’ 100 backstroke in 1:10.86 and 26th in 200 freestyle in 2:16.44.

St. Amant’s DJ. Ridgdell placed 23rd in the preliminaries of the boys’ 100 breaststroke finishing in 1:10.17 and 30th in the 200 IM in 2:22.51.

East Ascension’s Hannah Core placed 30th in the preliminaries of the girls’ 100 freestyle in 1:03.48.

Dutchtown’s McCall Blank placed 31st in the preliminaries of the girls’ 50 freestyle in 28.57.

St. Amant’s  Jake Bordelon finished 35th in the preliminaries of the boys’ 50 freestyle in 25.63.

McCall, Caroline May, Amanda Barry and Tori Venable led the Dutchtown to 17th place finish in the 200 freestyle relay preliminaries in 2:00.29. Gautreau replaced Barry in the 400 freestyle for an 18th place finish in 4:32.58 and Barry replaced May in the 200 medley relay for a 21st place finish in 2:15.98. 

Ridgdell, Bordelon, Trey Crews and Trent Hebert led St. Amant to a 20th place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:59.25 and a 21st place finish in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:43.39. Rodney Douglas took Ridgdell’s spot on the 400 freestyle relay that placed 22nd in 4:12.03.

Core, Megan Delatte, Kacy Haydel and Whitney Gant led East Ascension to a 25th place finish in the 200 freestyle relay in 2:05.18 and a 26th place finish in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:48.83.

Babin, Ronni Bourgeois, Allie Facheaux and Madeline Bailey placed 27th in the 400 freestyle relay in 5:02.87.

Ritchie, Karasuik, Nick Ladwig and Trevor Gesick led Dutchtown to a 28th place finish in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:51.70.