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Swimming and Diving: LA picks up wins in final home meet

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By The Staff

With the 2008-09 swimming and diving season is coming down the wire, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls clubs scored big wins in their final home meet.

The Hilltopper girls more than doubled-up their nearest opponents Saturday at the Los Alamos Open, grabbing 917 total points at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Los Alamos’ boys, meanwhile, held off the Socorro Warriors to win Saturday, picking up 518 team points.

Despite being the final regular season event, only four other teams on either side showed up for the meet.

St. Pius X finished second in girls competition with 416 points.

Even though Los Alamos picked up wins on both sides, the meet was fairly low-key.

“I think we did OK,” Hilltopper co-head coach Cindy Black said. “We need to step up our taper. The kids looked pretty tired. We need to get everyone some more rest. It’s two weeks until state. That’s our next focus.”

Los Alamos does have one more meet before the state meet, which will hold its preliminary heats starting Feb. 20. Los Alamos is scheduled to appear at this weekend’s District 1 meet.

This is the first time schools are required to compete at a district meet. Black said she’s not in the least bit concerned about winning a district championship, as it won’t affect who from the team might advance to the state meet.

The district meet will be held in Farmington Saturday.

About the only plus to having the district meet, Black said, is it will give some swimmers on the cusp of making a state meet qualifying time one last chance to do so.

Unlike in the sport of track and field, however, a top two finish at district won’t mean swimmers will advance to the state meet unless they also come in under the qualifying time.

One new swimmer and a pair of divers from Los Alamos earned a trip to the state meet this weekend, however.

In the diving competition, held Friday, Emily TenCate and Lindy Jacobs made the state qualification mark, bringing Los Alamos’ diving contingent up to five, the best representation of any team in the state.

TenCate’s 246 points and Jacobs’ 155.70 were good enough to put them into the championship meet, which will start Feb. 20 at the West Mesa Aquatic Center — in previous years the diving competition was held entirely at Albuquerque Academy.

In the swimming portion Saturday, Misha Skurikhin’s time of 5:27.47 in the 500-yard freestyle put him in the state meet. It was Skurikhin’s first qualifying time of the season.

Skurikhin was one of four winning swims Saturday for Los Alamos’ boys.

Colton Lake won a pair of events Saturday — the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke — and Alex Baker was tops in the 100 breaststroke.

Los Alamos’ girls, meanwhile, won all but three events at Saturday’s meet. Maggie Schappell picked up a victory in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 1:06.50, while Monica Clodius’ time of 1:08.96 was good enough to win the 100 butterfly.

Other winners for the Hilltopper girls included Jennifer Barich-Mooday in the 200 freestyle, Lauren Castro in the 200 individual medley, Alexandra Hamada in the 50 freestyle and Alisa Romero in the 500 freestyle.

Lisa Ann Hendricks took top honors in girls diving with her score of 346.45.

For the district meet, Los Alamos will head to Farmington mostly with swimmers who still need state cut times and excuse swimmers that could use a week off.

Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Los Alamos Open:

Girls

Team scores

1. Los Alamos, 917; 2. St. Pius X 416; 3. Socorro, 359; 4. Taos, 183; 5. Gallup, 86.

Individual results

200 medley relay

1. Los Alamos A (Chelsea McLean, Victoria Maqueda, Monica Clodius, Taylor Montoya), 2:04.89; 2. Los Alamos B (Lauren Castro, Maria Musgrave, Sammi Kao, Christina Dey), 2:05.36; 9. Los Alamos C (Felicity Cribbs, Molly Finn, Alyssa Van Anne, Elizabeth Brug), 2:23.03; 10. Los Alamos D (Farida Ismail, Aubrie Powell, Alisa Romero, Panda Neramittagapong), 2:26.55.

200 freestyle

1. Jennifer Barich-Mooday, 2:08.76; 3. Maggie Schappell, 2:11.41; 4. Grace Liu, 2:17.07; 6. Christina Dey, 2:29.12; 8. Dana Crooks, 2:43.00.

200 individual medley

1. Lauren Castro, 2:28.70; 2. Monica Clodius, 2:34.62; 3. Elizabeth Brug, 2:48.07; 5. Felcitiy Cribbs, 3:04.71.

50 freestyle

1. Alexandra Hamada, 26.78; 2. Chelsea McLean, 27.34; 3. Maria Musgrave, 27.47; 4. Sammi Kao, 27.65; 5. Molly Finn, 28.72; 6. Taylor Montoya, 29.04; 14. Alyssa Van Anne, 29.84; 17. Panda Neramittagapong, 32.46; 18. Farida Ismail, 32.61; 22. Aubrie Powell, 36.06; 23. Catherine Crotzer, 36.31.

1 meter diving

1. Lisa Ann Hendricks, 346.35; 2. Kelsey Neal, 314.95; 4. Emily TenCate, 246.00; 5. Lauren Bucklin, 185.10; 6. Lindy Jacobs, 155.70; 7. Erin Dinehart, 149.85; 9. Marlena Greene, 135.40.

100 butterfly

1. Monica Clodius, 1:08.96; 2. Victoria Maqueda, 1:10.33; 5. Chelsea McLean, 1:15.19.

100 freestyle

2. Alexandra Hamada, 59.06; 4. Grace Liu, 1:00.07; 5. Taylor Montoya, 1:02.08; 13. Felicity Cribbs, 1:20.44.

500 freestyle

1. Alisa Romero, 6:11.16; 3. Catherine Crotzer, 7:56.84.

200 freestyle relay

1. Los Alamos A (Grace Liu, Jennifer Barich-Mooday, Alexandra Hamada, Chelsea McLean), 1:48.45; 3. Los Alamos B (Maria Musgrave, Monica Clodius, Alisa Romero, Molly Finn), 1:52.92; 8. Los Alamos D (Marlena Greene, Lisa Ann Hendricks, Saya Shimada, Emily TenCate), 2:21.69.

100 backstroke

1. Maggie Schappell, 1:06.50; 3. Lauren Castro, 1:08.79; 5. Victoria Maqueda, 1:12.85; 7. Elizabeth Brug, 1:15.87; 8. Alyssa Van Anne, 1:16.70; 11. Panda Neramittagapong, 1:25.15.

100 breaststroke

2. Maria Musgrave, 1:16.53; 3. Jennifer Barich-Mooday, 1:17.86; 6. Molly Finn, 1:25.32; 8. Dana Crooks, 1:30.73; 10. Aubrie Powell, 1:34.30; 12. Farida Ismail, 1:38.15.

400 freestyle relay

2. Los Alamos A (Grace Liu, Alexandra Hamada, Sammi Kao, Taylor Montoya), 4:04.42; 2. Los Alamos B (Victoria Maqueda, Maggie Schappell, Jennifer Barich-Mooday, Elizabeth Brug), 4:05.09; 9. Los Alamos C (Felicity Cribbs, Catherine Crotzer, Panda Neramittagapong, Alyssa Van Anne), 5:08.48.

Boys

Team scores

1. Los Alamos, 518; 2. Socorro, 443; 3. St. Pius X, 358; 4. Gallup, 125; 5. Taos, 64.

Individual results

200 medley relay

2. Los Alamos B (Dylan Lake, Eamonn Wilson, Misha Skurikhin, Colton Lake), 1:55.00; 4. Los Alamos A (Alex Baker, Andy Zhao, Benigno Sandoval, Adam Izraelevitz), 1:59.07.

200 freestyle

2. Chris Calhoun, 2:01.65; 3. Ace Ventura, 2:04.46; 6. Gabe Montoya, 2:32.12.

50 freestyle

1. Colton Lake, 22.77; 2. Dylan Lake, 23.36; 3. Misha Skurikhin, 23.62; 4. Alex Baker, 24.51; 6. Adam Izraelevitz, 25.21; 8. Andy Zhao, 25.35; 11. Jason Reagor, 25.98; 12. Benigno Sandoval, 26.06; 18. Eamonn Wilson, 31.14.

100 butterfly

2. Ace Ventura, 1:02.05.

100 freestyle

2. Dylan Lake, 51.90; 4. Adam Izraelevitz, 55.22; 6. Benigno Sandoval, 1:00.13; 8. Jason Reagor, 1:01.59.

500 freestyle

1. Misha Skurikhin, 5:27.47; 4. Gabe Montoya, 7:18.85.

200 freestyle relay

2. Los Alamos A (Alex Baker, Adam Izraelevitz, Chris Calhoun, Andy Zhao), 1:39.63; 6. Los Alamos B (Ace Ventura, Jason Reagor, Eamonn Wilson, Gabe Montoya), 1:54.04.

100 backstroke

1. Colton Lake, 57.72; 2. Chris Calhoun, 1:04.46.

100 breaststroke

1. Alex Baker, 1:08.39; 3. Andy Zhao, 1:11.07.

400 freestyle relay

2. Los Alamos B (Chris Calhoun, Colton Lake, Benigno Sandoval, Misha Skurikhin), 3:48.07; 4. Los Alamos A (Dylan Lake, Gabe Montoya, Ace Ventura, Jason Reagor), 4:03.21.