Feb 18, 2014 8:36 AM by Kristen Holloway
It's championship time in Louisiana and it's all about going gold or going home.
In just two days, The City of Lafayette Aquatics will head to Sulphur to race for the gold. We caught up with the team and the new head coach at the pool before they take on their state meet.
COLA will be taking 44 swimmers to this years state meet, hoping most will place in top three. Swimmers like Katie Castille who is just 12-years-old, has been swimming for COLA since she was six.
This year she qualified for every event at state. I asked her how'd she do it.
"You eat healthy, you try to come to swimming everyday and when you miss you don't feel very comfortable cause you know you missing out on a lot," said Castille.
Not only is COLA is rocking in the water this season but it helps to have a head coach who swam in college and twice in the Olympics Trials.
"It's possible I'm from louisiana as well, I came through club swimming just like they are and if I can do it anybody can do it," said Senior Head Coach Robert Looney.
Looney says the hardest thing is time management especially for the senior group. They practice every day, sometimes twice a day before school.
Senior swimmer Bryce Davidson joined COLA just three years ago but hard work and practicing everyday in the pool paid off. Davidson earned a scholarship with Nova Southeastern but he's not stopping there.
"I want to try to go for trials in 2016 and hopefully score at conference my freshman year," said Davidson.
Davison says achieving his goals are important to him but sometimes he just likes to have fun .
"The team is a very big family, everybody is really close, it's like my brothers and sisters here," said Davidson.
The Louisiana State Championships are February 20th-23rd at SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur.