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Drive, dedication push E.D. White swimmers


Members of the E.D. White Catholic boys swimming team pose with the Division III state runner-up trophy. (Photo by Teddy Renois/Staff)


There was joy and disappointment when E.D. White Catholic's boys swimming team saw the final results at the Division III state swim meet in Sulphur.

The joy came from knowing that the team was going to bring home a trophy as the Cardinals were the Division III state runner-up.

The disappointment came from finishing just six points away from winning a state championship.

Still, E.D. White's boys swim team did something it hadn't done in years, if ever, in bringing home some hardware from a state meet.

"I do believe they won a state runner-up before, but that was a very long time ago. Our boys this year had a lot of drive. They were dedicated and some of them were swimming year round," Cardinals coach Christina Lasserre said. "They worked in the mornings and in the afternoons, and it showed what type of athletes and people they are. They had the drive and they worked very hard for this. It was exciting for them, but they also were disappointed at that moment when they didn't win the state championship, because of how close the score was."

The Cardinals lost the state title to St. Charles Catholic by a score of 278 to 272.

Senior Challenge Talbot, who was second in the 50-yard freestyle and the 110-yard freestyle, said after watching the girls team win two state championships, it was time for the boys to do something at the state meet.

"It was my first time bringing home a trophy. It does mean a lot to me being here five years and seeing the girls win two (state championships)," Talbot said. "We had a bunch of really good young swimmers. Some of them won medals and most of them racked up points. Everybody did what they needed to do. That is how you are supposed to perform at meets. Get everyone to do what they need to do and do it a little better."

The Cardinals scored double points in the 50-yard free style, the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

One of the young swimmers that Talbot spoke of was freshman Jay Danos.

Danos won the 50-yard freestyle race with a time of 22.49 seconds, and he was second in the 100-yard freestyle.

Danos and Talbot, along with Nicholas Rathle and Ken Toloudis, also won the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Danos said with a young nucleus returning, the Cardinals will be looking to win a state championship in the coming years.

"We have a lot of talent on this team, and we are all like brothers. We worked hard and trained hard. I do think we will have a good shot to win it all next year," Danos said. "(In the 50-yard freestyle) adrenaline got me through it. It was a great race, and I just went after it and got the gold. It was nice to finish second, but we wanted to finish first, but we are thankful for second."

Senior Caleb Bourgeois said it was a bond that this team forged that carried it through the season and the state meet.

"We just worked hard, and we had a lot of dedication with the guys, We just pushed each other," Bourgeois said. "We have a lot of year-round swimmers, and I guess the numbers worked out for us with the other teams losing good swimmers from last year."

Whether E.D. White goes on to win a state championship or not, Talbot knows that the 2012 boys swim team has left its mark and that is something he is proud of.

"It definitely means a lot to be up on the board. You know, the school keeps (athletic achievements) up on boards in the gym. When I look up at that board, I can say that I was on that team and it means a lot," Talbot said. "They might win it next year, and I am thinking about coming back as an assistant coach. I think I can get a ring with these guys in the next few years."