In their third meet of the season last Saturday, Oct. 7, the Panthers swim team did even better than they had in the first two, adding 11 top five finishes to their record at Crawfish Aquatics in Baton Rouge,
Overall, the Brusly girls placed fourth as a team and the boys came in fifth.
The Brusly girls led the charge once again with seven top five finishes.
Celeste Denova finished third in the 50-yard freestyle with her time of 28.15. Denova also placed third in the 100-yard freestyle event (1:02.12).
Kennedi Hudson placed fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with a finish time of 1:20.66.
Michelle Denova took home two third place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly (1:17.19) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:47.75).
Both Denova girls, and well as Hudson and Mya Pitre, placed their relay events as well. The Lady Panthers came in second with a 200-yard individual medley relay behind Parkview Baptist with a time of 2:09.82 and third in the 200-yard medley relay behind two Baton Rouge Magnet teams with a time of 2:24.49.
“The girls continue to get better in their events mostly due to their huge desire to improve,” Brusly High head swim coach Elias Gurganus said. “We had some health issues in the beginning of the season but we have recovered and are starting to show what we can really do.”
On the boys end, Price Cutrer led the Panthers with three top five finishes.
Cutrer took second place in the 50-yard freestyle with his time of 24.93 in a race that literally came down to the last second. The top four swimmers finished within 10ths of a second of each other. (First: Dylan Oquin, Baton Rouge Magnet, 24.21; Riley Brown, Lee Magnet, 24.31; Eric Wang, Baton Rouge Magnet, 24.48).
“At the higher levels of the 50 yard freestyle every millisecond counts. It takes a ton of effort and technique to win in that event because even the smallest mistake will cost you the race,” Gurganus said. “For Price to get the victory he just has to swim perfectly. All of those guys have similar speed and skill. All it takes is being able to swim it with no mistakes.”
Cutrer also placed in the 100-yard freestyle with his time of 56.38.
Logan Brou grabbed a fourth-place spot in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:11.47.
Both Cutrer and Brou were also winners of a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay along with teammates Broc Dicapo and Kenneth Popleon, finishing less than a second out of third place with their time of 2:07.80.
“Logan and Price have proven themselves to be the leaders of the team in terms of production and results,” Gurganus said. “Logan especially has taken the role as a team first leader and wants to lead by example.”