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The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams will send qualifiers in 18 different events to this weekend’s state championship meet.
The state meet gets going Friday and continues through Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium. Diving competition starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday and the swimming preliminary heats get going at 3 p.m. Finals for both swimming and diving are Saturday.
For the Hilltopper girls, top swimmer Ashlynn Bennett is scheduled to take part in the two freestyle distance events, while Maria Venneri is Los Alamos’ top qualifier in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.
Connor Schultz is entered in the 200 and 500 freestyles for the Hilltopper boys, while Sam Harris is entered in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.
Academy’s boys have won 11 of the past 13 team championships — Los Alamos in 2004 and 2005 was the only team to interrupt that streak — while Academy’s girls have won three straight state titles and six of the last seven. Los Alamos’ last girls team title win was in 2004.
Academy won by 55.5 points in the girls competition and by 40 points on the boys side.
In the 2010-11 state championship meet, the Hilltopper girls finished sixth overall with 139.5 points and the Hilltopper boys placed 14th with 48 points.
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