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Hilltoppers win Bill Hudson Memorial Meet

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By Phil Scherer

Divers compete well Friday evening

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The Bill Hudson Memorial Meet kicked off at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Friday evening, and the Hilltoppers immediately made their presence known.

Of the 24 divers that participated, 11 were from Los Alamos High School, five boys and six girls.

Four girls finished in the top five, led by Cyra Bishop, who was the runner-up. She finished with a score of 177.65.

Also scoring well for the Hilltoppers were Anna Clark, who finished in third place with a score of 158.2.
Emme Mooday was the fourth place finisher with a score of 157.75, and Bailey Nasise finished in fifth place with a score of 152.40.

Addie Richie and Katie Wingo finished in seventh and eighth places, with scores of 143.25 and 141.35.

The overall winner for the girls was Elianna Christienson from Farmington High School, who scored 206.2.

The Hilltopper boys also performed well at the diving competition, with three boys finishing in the top five.
LAHS’ top diver was Mychael Garcia, who ended up in third place with a score of 189.35.

Kyle Hatler finished right behind him with a score of 178.5, and Griffin Stidham rounded out the top five with a score of 177.45.

Also competing for the Hilltoppers were Brayden Stidham, who finished in ninth place with a score of 142.4, and Daniel Fryer, who finished 11th with a score of 135.55.

The overall winner for the boys was Mosiah Seavey of Farmington High School, who finished with a score of 212.15.
In the competition, every diver completed six different dives to compile their overall scores.

Swimmers dominate the competition

When the swimming  portion of the Bill Hudson Memorial Meet began Saturday morning, it was clear the Hilltoppers were the best team inside the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

Both the boys and girls rolled to easy victories, as the Hilltoppers posted state qualifying times in 11 events.

The girls finished with a team score of 672, while the next closest team, St. Pius X, managed just 222 points.

On the boys side, LAHS scored 609 points, while Farmington and Santa Fe High tied for second place with scores of 253.

Three of the girls’ relays posted state qualifying times, the 200-meter medley, the 200-meter free relay and the 400-meter free relay.

Three boys relays also posted state qualifying times, the 200-meter medley, the 200-meter free relay and the 400-meter free relay.

The top individual on the girls’ side was Alana Goodwin, who posted state qualifying times in the 200-meter free and the 500-meter free.

Also qualifying were Julia Chen and Jillian Bennett. Chen qualified in the 100-meter butterfly, and Bennett qualified in the 100-meter breaststroke.

The only boy to qualify for the state meet in an individual event was Ian Jaegers, who qualified in the 500-meter freestyle.

More than 300 swimmers from 16 high school around New Mexico took part in the meet, which has taken place in Los Alamos three years in a row.