Brusly High swimmers, rom left to right: Celeste Denova, Logan Brou, Price Cutrer, Broc Dicapo and Michelle Denova.
Last years seniors left some big shoes to fill, and I think that with time some of the younger kids coming in will definitely be able to step up to those expectations…”
The best high school swimmers in Louisiana gathered at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur on Nov. 15-16, for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Championship Division 3 Swim Meet. Although their finishes weren’t what the Panthers swimmers had hoped for, it showed that there is still definitely a future in Brusly swimming.
“Even though we didn’t medal in any of our events we were able to make some impressive finishes in them,” head coach Elias Gurganus said. “With the tough competition, the swimmers gave it their best effort and that’s all that can be asked of them.”
The 200-Yard Medley Relay team of juniors Daniel Babin and Price Cutrer, along with senior Logan Brou and freshman Broc Dicapo broke into the top 10 with a 10th place finish.
Cutrer also competed in the 50-Yard Freestyle in a race that Cutrer finished in 12th place, but was only two seconds out of first place.
In the 100-Yard Backstroke, Brou finished in 14th place, and in the 100-Yard Breaststroke, Dicapo came in 15th place.
In the 200-Yard Freestyle race, it looked as if Brusly’s team of Brou, Dicapo, Cutrer and Kenneth Popleon was about to take a top five finish, when they were disqualified on the last leg due to a premature start.
The girls 200-Yard Freestyle team of sophomore Kennedi Hudson, junior Michelle Denova and seniors Mya Pitre and Celeste Denova earned a 15th place finish.
“This season was a lot about rebuilding. Last years seniors left some big shoes to fill, and I think that with time some of the younger kids coming in will definitely be able to step up to those expectations,” Gurganus said. “For some of the upperclassmen, it’s the first time that they’ve been really pushed to do their absolute best and show the leadership I expect from them on the team.”
Gurganus said the success the Panthers had as a team this year came from a desire to prove that they can still compete even with the small number of swimmers.
“Logan Brou was a fantastic captain of the team, and I’m very proud of his leadership,” Gurganus said. “Broc Dicapo showed that even though he’s young and new to the sport he can hang with the big guys due to an immense desire to win. If the entire team buys into that mentality then they can compete with anyone.”
Gurganus expects next year’s team to be back with a vengeance,
“I’m expecting all of the returning swimmers to be very motivated next year,” Gurganus said. “A lot of them were dissatisfied with their performance at state and I’m looking for them to really give it their all next season in practice and in competition.”