CUT OFF – In a high school swimming competition between Tarpons, Tigers and Trojans, it’s no surprise that the Tarpons would fare the best.
Both South Lafourche’s boys and girls scored dominant wins in the Lafourche Parish Swim Meet Tuesday at the Cut Off Youth Center.
The Lady Tarpons outscored second-place Central Lafourche by 220 points, 591 to 371. Thibodaux was third with 300.
South Lafourche’s boys won with 527. Central was second with 363, and Thibodaux had 297.
The dominance was evident from the outset. South Lafourche’s girls won the first 10 events. The Tarpons won five of the first 10 but finished second and third in four of the races they didn’t win.
“We had a good meet (Tuesday),” South Lafourche coach Corey Callais said. “The kids have really been working hard.”
South Lafourche swimmers say their success is due to an atmosphere of mutual support.
“We have a good supporting coach and both of our coaches push us a lot, and we’re all family, so we push each other a lot, and it’s just a great environment for me,” Faith Boudreaux said.
Boudreaux took first in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle and was part of the winning 4x100-meter freestyle relay team.
“I think it’s very important that we push each other. We’re a family, and we grow as a family,” said Alana Smith, who won both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.
Mason Dufrene of South Lafourche took first in three events --50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and was part of the 200-yard medley relay team.
Luke Sweatman of Thibodaux took first in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke.
The Tarpons are looking forward to the upcoming district meet, where they will attempt to keep their streaks going.
South Lafourche’s boys have won 17 consecutive district championships. The Bayou District Swim Meet is scheduled for Oct. 23.
“I think about the pressure sometimes, but you’ve got to look past that,” Dufrene said. “It’s not about the past. It’s about how you’re performing right now.”
South Lafourche girls coach Connie Callais credits the support systems that exist for young swimmers in the south Lafourche area.
“We have good feeder programs in Larose and Cut Off,” Callais said. “We have summer leagues. And a lot of these kids just come out here and work. They work hard. They’ve been undefeated for so many years they don’t want to be that team that breaks the streak, and not be district champs. We have a very young boys team this year. So we’re going to see.”