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Swimming and Diving: LA boys take 3rd, girls 5th Saturday

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By The Staff

In one of the larger meets of its 2008-09 season and with an abbreviated roster, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swim teams still had enough to earn solid showings.

Los Alamos’ girls finished fifth at Saturday’s Griffin Invitational, hosted by Santa Fe Prep and held at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, while the Hilltopper boys took third place.

In all, 24 teams were scheduled to participate in Saturday’s meet. Full team scores weren’t available as of press time.

Saturday’s meet was the third event in seven days for the Hilltoppers. Head coaches Rusty Bernstein and Cindy Black gave their athletes the option of swimming in either or both — or for a few swimmers who had other extracurricular activities happening this week, none — of the teams’ meets this week.

Los Alamos’ girls placed second at the Albuquerque Academy Quadrangular, which was held Wednesday, while the boys finished third.

For the Los Alamos boys at Saturday’s meet, Hilltopper junior Ace Ventura picked up his first career qualifying time for the state championship meet, that coming in the 500-yard freestyle. Ventura’s time of 5:26.71 was good enough for third place in the event and was well under the state qualifying mark of 5:29.09.

Ventura was edged out in the race by teammate Micah Putnam, whose finish of 5:25.93 also qualified him in that same event.

Putnam also helped the Hilltoppers’ three relay teams to wins Saturday along with teammates Colton Lake, Dylan Lake and Misha Shkrikhin.

Dylan Lake earned another qualifying time as well for the Hilltopper boys, winning the 100 backstroke with his 1:00.20.

For the Hilltopper girls, Maria Musgrave had the best finish of the meet Saturday, picking up a fourth place in the 50 freestyle. Taylor Montoya was fifth in the 100 freestyle and Chelsea McLean was fifth in the 200 freestyle.

In the diving competition, Lisa Ann Hendricks earned her second second-place finish of the week, amassing 308.30 points.

Los Alamos has just one regular season meet remaining, the Los Alamos Invitational. The diving portion of the invitational will be held Friday and the swimming competition is scheduled for Saturday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s Griffin Invitational.

Girls

200 medley relay

12. Los Alamos B (Taylor Montoya, Maureen Rousseaux, Dana Crooks, Chelsea McLean), 2:19.80; 13. Los Alamos A (Alyssa Van Anne, Jennifer Barich-Mooday, Elizabeth Brug, Catherine Crotzer), 2:22.12.

200 freestyle

5. Chelsea McLean, 2:17.00; 8. Elizabeth Brug, 2:26.50; 20. Jessie Zhao, 2:50.36.

200 individual medley

11. Alyssa Van Anne, 2:50.71.

50 freestyle

4. Maria Musgrave, 27.21; 30. Dana Crooks, 32.10; 37. Maureen Rousseaux, 35.46.

1 meter diving

2. Lisa Ann Hendricks, 308.30; 3. Kelsey Neal, 263.70.

100 butterfly

8. Maria Musgrave, 1:13.46; 9. Chelsea McLean, 1:14.22; 13. Alyssa Van Anne, 1:21.67.

100 freestyle

5. Taylor Montoya, 1:01.35.

500 freestyle

14. Catherine Crotzer, 8:03.95.

200 freestyle relay

8. Los Alamos (Jennifer Barich-Mooday, Maureen Rousseaux, Taylor Montoya, Maria Musgrave), 1:57.47.

100 backstroke

13. Elizabeth Brug, 1:21.19; 17. Dana Crooks, 1:24.79; 23. Catherine Crotzer, 1:38.55.

100 breaststroke

10. Taylor Montoya, 1:24.07; 22. Jessie Zhao, 1:31.94; 24. Maureen Rousseaux, 1:32.99.

400 freestyle relay

6. Los Alamos A (Dana Crooks, Jennifer Barich-Mooday, Chelsea McLean, Alyssa Van Anne), 4:28.09.

Boys

200 medley relay

1. Los Alamos A (Colton Lake, Dylan Lake, Micah Putnam, Misha Shkrikhin), 1:45.15; 16. Los Alamos B (Chris Calhoun, Jason Reagor, Lorenzo Venneri, Andy Zhao), 2:14.95.

200 freestyle

2. Chris Calhoun, 2:00.46; 4. Ace Ventura, 2:02.89.

200 individual medley

8. Horace Zhang, 2:22.91.

50 freestyle

2. Colton Lake, 22.54; 3. Misha Skurikhin, 23.41; 20. Jason Reagor, 26.56.

100 butterfly

19. Lorenzo Venneri, 1:41.33.

100 freestyle

21. Benigno Sandoval, 1:01.27; 25. Jason Reagor, 1:03.40.

500 freestyle

2. Micah Putnam, 5:25.93; 3. Ace Ventura, 5:26.71.

200 freestyle relay

1. Los Alamos A (Colton Lake, Misha Skurikhin, Micah Putnam, Dylan Lake), 1:32.05; 12. Los Alamos B (Jason Reagor, Benigno Sandoval, Lorenzo Venneri, Ace Ventura), 1:47.38.

100 backstroke

1. Dylan Lake, 1:00.20; 4. Chris Calhoun, 1:04.33.

100 breaststroke

4. Andy Zhao, 1:10.65; 31. Lorenzo Venneri, 1:43.71.

400 freestyle relay

1. Los Alamos B (Colton Lake, Misha Skurikhin, Micah Putnam, Dylan Lake), 3:23.88; 8. Los Alamos A (Chris Calhoun, Benigno Sandoval, Ace Ventura, Andy Zhao), 3:49.41.