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Swimming and diving: LA girls win district title, boys are second

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Finn, Pessin, Pereyra and Schultz qualify in final meet

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming and diving team won the District 1 championship in a big way Saturday.
The Hilltopper girls finished with 411.50 points at Saturday’s meet in Santa Fe. They outdistanced district runner-up Santa Fe (336 points), the only team that finished within 100 points.
Additionally, the Hilltoppers were able to qualify four different individuals at Saturday’s meet. The top two finishers in each event, regardless of time, advance to the state meet, which will start Friday in Albuquerque.
Molly Finn of the Hilltopper girls and Hilltopper boys swimmers Philipp Pessin, Trey Pereyra, and Connor Schultz all earned top-two finishes to earn a berth at the state title meet.
Finn finished second in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke to advance. Pessin was second in the 200 freestyle, Pereyra was second in the 500 freestyle and Schultz finished second in the 100 backstroke.
Los Alamos’ girls captured four individual district titles Saturday as well. Monica Clodius earned a pair of district championships, those coming in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
Also picking up district titles were Ashlynn Bennett in the 500 freestyle, Maria Venneri in the 100 backstroke and Amy Neal in the diving competition.
The state meet, which is hosted by Albuquerque Academy, starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday with the diving preliminary competition. Swimming preliminaries are set for 3 p.m. Friday. Diving finals are at 8:15 a.m. Saturday and swim finals start at 11:30 a.m.
Here are Los Alamos’ results from the District 1 swimming and diving championship meet:

Girls

Team scores
1. Los Alamos, 411.50; 2. Santa Fe, 336; 3. St. Michael’s 279; 4. Desert Academy, 223; 5. Taos, 186.50; 6. Miyamura, 186; 7. Santa Fe Prep, 121; 8. Farmington, 53; 9. Piedra Vista, 41; 10. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 37; 11. Gallup, 36; 12. Gallup Catholic, 26.

Individual results

200 medley relay
4. Los Alamos (Helen Lu, Molly Finn, Yuliya Matlashova, Jessie Zhao), 2:11.10.

200 freestyle
1. Monica Clodius, 2:11.74; 8. Catherine Crotzer, 2:51.38; 15. Sydney Trujillo, 3:11.26; 16. Simona Martin, 3:14.73.

200 individual medley
3. Alice Shao, 2:49.23; 11. Farida Ismail, 3:12.07; 12. Sierra Veenis, 3:12.31.

50 freestyle
2. Molly Finn, 27.61; 4. Jessie Zhao, 27.77; 8. Helen Lu, 29.26 25. Marcella Mas, 37.89.

1 meter diving
1. Amy Neal, 327.30; 2. Emily TenCate, 314.55.

100 butterfly
1. Monica Clodius, 1:05.82; 4. Ashlynn Bennett, 1:08.79.

100 freestyle
6. Helen Lu, 1:08.15; 12. Farida Ismail, 1:15.18; 13. Sara Thurgood, 1:15.90; 14. Sierra Veenis, 1:16.66.

500 freestyle
1. Ashlynn Bennett, 5:42.99; 4. Yuliya Matlashova, 5:59.82; 11. Catherine Crotzer, 7:45.14.

200 freestyle relay
4. Los Alamos (Molly Finn, Jessie Zhao, Helen Lu, Sierra Veenis), 1:58.41.

100 backstroke
1. Maria Venneri, 1:06.25; 3. Alice Shao, 1:17.44; 14. Sydney Trujillo, 1:41.15.

100 breaststroke
2. Molly Finn, 1:16.76; 3. Jessie Zhao, 1:20.52; 11. Simona Martin, 1:29.78; 15. Marcella Mas, 1:36.48.

400 relay
4. Los Alamos (Monica Clodius, Alice Shao, Farida Ismail, Sara Thurgood), 4:51.23.

Boys

Team scores
1. St. Michael’s 440; 2. Los Alamos, 356; 3. Santa Fe Prep, 232; 4. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 205; 5. Santa Fe, 150; 6. Desert Academy, 139; 7. Miyamura, 133; 8. Piedra Vista, 119; 9. Gallup Catholic, 71; 10. Taos, 58; 11. Capital, 47; 12. Gallup, 9.

Individual results

200 freestyle
2. Philipp Pessin, 2:04.31; 4. Trey Pereyra, 2:09.62; 6. Nick Greenfield, 2:12.46; 8. Miguel Arias, 2:15.37.

200 individual medley
6. Connor Schultz, 2:24.03; 7. Min Chung, 2:35.68; 10. Max Reidys, 2:39.38.

50 freestyle
7. Dalton Smith, 25.95; 27. Karim Ismail, 32.76.

100 butterfly
4. Dalton Smith, 1:02.24; 5. Sam Harris, 1:04.58; 7. Min Chung, 1:07.15.

100 freestyle
6. Philipp Pessin, 56.21; 8. Richard Jia, 57.06; 17. Graeme Thistlewaite, 1:08.04.

500 freestyle
2. Trey Pereyra, 5:25.44; 4. Miguel Arias, 6:24.62; 5. Michael Englert-Erickson, 6:37.96.

200 freestyle relay
4. Los Alamos (Philipp Pessin, Eamonn Wilson, Richard Jia, Min Chung), 1:45.46.

100 backstroke
2. Connor Schultz, 1:04.71; 4. Sam Harris, 1:06.27; 6. Nick Greenfield, 1:09.18; 12. Max Reidys, 1:13.56.

100 breaststroke
4. Richard Jia, 1:12.63; 6. Eamonn Wilson, 1:13.46; 14. Karim Ismail, 1:24.26; 17. Graeme Thistlewaite, 1:27.98.

400 freestyle relay
2. Los Alamos (Philipp Pessin, Dalton Smith, Trey Pereyra, Connor Schultz), 3:54.00.