Swimming and diving: LA earns a pair of wins, many qualifying marks

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By The Staff

With little in the way of competition Saturday, the main focus of the Los Alamos Quad for the Hilltopper swim teams was simply to get the best times.

Despite the lack of competitive push in most events — Los Alamos girls won all but two events Saturday and the boys won 10 events — the Hilltoppers were up to the challenge.

The Hilltopper boys won the Los Alamos Quad with a team score of 380, holding off Socorro, which finished with 272, while the Hilltopper girls took 517 points to win going away.

Saturday’s competition, held at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, was the teams’ first meet since the Dec. 20 Winter Break meet in Albuquerque. It did, however, kick off a busy January, in which Los Alamos will have six scheduled events.

Individually, several swimmers came up big Saturday for the Hilltoppers in their second home event of the season.

Few swimmers had a bigger showing Saturday than Alexandra Hamada, who qualified for a pair of events for Los Alamos’ girls. Hamada punched her ticket to state in the 50-yard freestyle, holding off teammate Natalia Moore in that same event to win by just .16 seconds.

Later, in the 100 freestyle, Hamada came in just under the state qualifying mark with her time of 59.18.