Jaegers, Aquatomics have big showing at state meet

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By The Staff

Alex Jaegers helped lead the Los Alamos Aquatomics to a big showing at the 11 and over State Championship meet.
The meet was held July 24-27 in Las Cruces.
This was one of the best team showings of the season for the Aquatomics, who, almost to a competitor, posted season-best times.
Jaegers, a 15-year-old competitor, for his part, won the state championships 800 meter freestyle. He was also second in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles. He also placed third in the 200-meter backstroke, fifth in the 100-meter backstroke and sixth in the 200 freestyle.
Overall, Jaegers finished third in the high-point competition in his age group.
Another noteworthy swimmer was 11-year-old Beth Short. Short was second in the 100 breaststroke, third in the 50 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 breaststroke.
Scoring points for the team in the championship finals were Max Corliss, Michael Englert-Erickson, Alana Goodwin, Jacob Hollis, Ian Jaegers, Jesse Liechty and Niamh Short.
Aquatomics’ members Onnolee Englert-Erickson, Gabriel Katko, Cory Liechty, Kalen Melton, Olivia Teply and Sonyia Williams swam on relays, as well as their individual qualifying events.
Aquatomics coach John Murphy was impressed on this team’s performance.
“I think the team swam very well. I’m pleased with everyone’s performances, and especially proud of the two girls who qualified for the state meet for the first time in their swimming careers in the 13-14 age-group (Onnolee Englert-Erickson and Williams). This is a great accomplishment as the qualifying times get relatively harder as you get older.”
With the three-month closure of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, the Aquatomics will move their practices to Barranca Mesa Pool after Labor Day. “The kids love swimming outdoors”, said coach Maribeth Englert, who remembers practices at Barranca 12 years ago, when similar maintenance was performed at the aquatic center.