Aquatomics place well at the VAST Early Bird Open

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By Phil Scherer

A total of 14 swimmers from the Los Alamos Aquatomics competed in the VAST Early Bird Open, which took place in the West Mesa Aquatic Center in Albuquerque this past weekend.

The ages of the swimmers from the Aquatomics ranged from 8-14.

One of the top standouts from the team, as well as the entire meet, was 12-year-old Andy Corliss, who posted the fastest times in both the mixed 12 and under 50-meter backstroke, as well as the mixed 12 and under 50 meter breaststroke.

In the backstroke event, Corliss posted a time of 32.62 seconds, which was more than three seconds faster than the next-fastest competitor.

In the breaststroke event, he posted a time of 36.03 seconds, which was four seconds faster than the next-closest competitor.

Corliss also finished in the top 10 in both the mixed 100-meter breaststroke and the mixed 9 and over 200 meter individual medley.

In the breaststroke event, he finished in fifth place with a 1:19.84. In the individual medley event, he finished with a time of 2:42.95.

Another top competitor for the team was 10-year-old Sophia Pieck, who finished in the top ten in both the mixed 12 and under 50-meter backstroke and the mixed 12 and under 50-meter breaststroke.

Her time of 41.74 seconds was good for ninth place in the backstroke event, while her time of 51.07 seconds earned her eighth place in the breaststroke event.

Max Corliss, a 14-year-old member of the team, finished in sixth place in the mixed 100-meter breaststroke event with a time of 1:22.72.

Other members of the team who competed included: Andres Iturregui (10), Kayla Loy (11), Owen McLaughlin (8), Dhrav Thulasidasan (9), Emily McLaughlin (10), Allison Amrani (9), Uxue Sansinena (10), McKenzie Gerlicher (8), Azure Honnell (9), Lena Ronning (9) and Kalen Melton (14).

Each of those swimmers competed in multiple events throughtout the event.

In total, the team competed in 85 individual events.

Altogether, 160 swimmers from 11 different club teams competed in the meet, which took place on both Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13.

Meet Director Vicki Fellows described the event as “fantastic.”

“We had some great swims,” Fellows said.

She added that this was an early season meet, and that she was excited about the turnout and how well the swimmers did.

She also said that the organization saw this as a good warm-up event for the Lobo Invitational, which will be held June 9-11 on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

She expects 450 swimmers from four different states to compete in that event, which is the biggest event for New Mexico Swimming, Inc. throughout the entire year.