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Swimming: LA girls finish second, boys third at Natatorium

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE — All in all, just about everything’s going according to plan.Several swimmers from Los Alamos turned in season- and career-best performances at Saturday’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational as the Hilltopper girls took second place in team standings and the Hilltopper boys grabbed third overall.In Saturday’s meet, held at the Natatorium on the Academy campus, Los Alamos’ girls won three events including the finale, the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Hilltopper boys took five top-five finishes, highlighted by Alexander Baker’s second-place in the 100 butterfly.Los Alamos’ girls established their dominance early in the meet. Through just four events they collected a whopping 283.5 points, 31.5 points better than the host Chargers.However, some key absences hurt the team, not the least of which were swimmer Lydia Wermer and diver Lauren Bucklin, which cost Los Alamos some points which may have made a big difference.Academy would go on to win the both the boys and girls team competition. Academy finished with 740 team points to Los Alamos’ 683.In boys competition, Academy finished with 960.5 points. Los Alamos had 531 points, behind Rio Rancho’s 671.Additionally, Los Alamos picked up qualifying times for the state title meet in several events. Alisa Romero made her time in the 200 freestyle, Vanessa Chavez in the 50 freestyle and Dylan Lake in the 500 freestyle.One of the closest calls of the day was Colton Lake in the boys 50-yard freestyle.Lake, who came into Saturday’s meet with a seed time of 23.82, nearly half a second off the state cut pace and swimming in the psychologically-challenging lane one, blasted through his final 25 yards of the race.Lake touched at 23.40, only a hundredth of a second off the pace.Some swimmers and officials have said the 50 freestyle is particularly difficult to make this season because the cut time is considerably lower than it has been in previous years.Kara Leasure and Lauren Castro helped out the cause in the girls side immensely in the early part of the meet, taking first and fifth in the 200 individual medley.Leasure, a senior, was trailing second-place Alex Fenton of Rio Rancho by .82 seconds, but blew her and everyone else in the water away with her 45.53 breaststroke split. She finished the race with a time of 2:16.45, .39 seconds better than Fenton.Castro ended with a solid time of 2:25.92.The Academy meet is considered one of the more important precursors to the state championship meet, which will also be held at the Natatorium in just a little over a month.“I was really pleased with the way everyone swam,” Los Alamos head coach Bev Leasure said following the meet. “Everyone was a little tired in the second half of the meet, but still, it was very good.”Los Alamos heads to Farmington for another big meet this weekend. The two-day event starts Friday.

Here are the results from Saturday’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational (swimmers are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted):

GirlsTeam results1. Albuquerque Academy, 740; 2. Los Alamos, 682; 3. Las Cruces, 580.5; 4. St. Pius X, 512; 5. Rio Rancho, 464.5; 6. St. Michael’s, 389; 7. Durango, Colo., 370; 8. Farmington, 342.5; 9. Santa Fe, 303; 10. Clovis, 277; 11. Sandia Prep, 237.5; 12. Montezuma, Colo., 135; 13. Gallup, 113; 14. Piedra Vista, 18.200 medley relay1. Academy, 1:57.14; 2. Las Cruces, 1:59.68; 3. Los Alamos (Alisa Romero, Kara Leasure, Sammi Kao, Alexandra Hamada) 2:00.31.

200 freestyle1. April Chee, Farmington, 2:00.49; 2.Sammi Kao, 2:00.99; 3. Audrie Tracey, Farmington, 2:03.39; 8. Alisa Romero, 2:10.19; 14. Laura Inkret, 2:25.34.

200 individual medley1. Kara Leasure, 2:16.15; 2. Alex Fenton, Rio Rancho, 2:16.84; 3. Moranda Madero, Las Cruces, 2:21.56; 5. Lauren Castro, 2:25.92; 12. Maria Musgrave, 2:31.59; 14. Taylor Montoya, 2:38.71.50 freestyle1. Marissa Hollowwa, Academy, 25.76; 2. Katie Nelsen, Sandia Prep, 25.87; 3. Alexandra Hamada, 26.04; 10. (tie) Vanessa Chavez, 27.25; 14. Chelsea McLean, 27.56; 24. Molly Willms, 29.06.100 butterfly1. Sammi Kao, 1:01.86; 2. Moranda Madero, Las Cruces, 1:02.80; 3. Alex Fenton, Rio Rancho, 1:05.37; 14. Emily TenCate, 1:18.53; 25. Elizabeth Brug, 1:29.90.100 freestyle1. Tori Alldredge, Farmington, 56.41; 2. Susan You, Las Cruces, 57.02; 3. Marissa Hollowwa, Academy, 57.70; 4. Alexandra Hamada, 57.73; 11. Vanessa Chavez, 59.90; 13. Chelsea McLean, 1:00.18; 18. Taylor Montoya, 1:02.65.500 freestyle1. April Chee, Farmington, 5:21.01; 2. Kara Leasure, 5:24.43; 3. Samantha Harding, Las Cruces, 5:27.69.200 freestyle relay1. Academy, 1:46.75; 2. Farmington, 1:47.82; 3. Durango, 1:49.60; 6. Los Alamos A (Alexandra Hamada, Vanessa Chavez, Lauren Castro, Chelsea McLean), 1:51.64; 14. Los Alamos B (Taylor Montoya, Molly Willms, Laura Inkret, Elizabeth Brug), 2:02.89.100 backstroke1. Melissa Merryman, Durango, 1:02.17; 2. Mackenzie Kitson, Durango, 1:03.45; 3. Susan You, Las Cruces, 1:04.77; 7. Alisa Romero, 1:07.75; 25. Laura Inkret, 1:17.77; 31. Molly Willms, 1:19.97; 41. Elizabeth Brug, 1:25.96.100 breaststroke1. Kate Nelsen, Sandia Prep, 1:04.95; 2. Tess Lemon, Academy, 1:11.30; 3. Abby Branch, Academy, 1:12.25; 7. Lauren Castro, 1:17.35; 9. Maria Musgrave, 1:19.27; 13. Emily TenCate, 1:22.67.400 freestyle relay1. Los Alamos A (Kara Leasure, Sammi Kao, Alisa Romero, Chelsea McLean) 3:54.71; 2. Farmington, 3:55.26; 3. Las Cruces, 3:59.43; 10. Los Alamos B (Taylor Montoya, Maria Musgrave, Laura Inkret, Emily TenCate), 4:18.52.1 meter diving1. Hope Hoover, Rio Rancho, 371.45; 2. Isabelle Lydick, St. Pius, 343.75; 3. Leigh Kolb, Academy, 304.85; 5. (tie) Lisa Ann Hendricks, 263.75.BoysTeam results1. Albuquerque Academy, 960.5; 2. Rio Rancho, 671; 3. Los Alamos, 531; 4. Sandia Prep, 476; 5. St. Michael’s 424; 6. Las Cruces, 418; 7. St. Pius X, 344; 8. Farmington, 340; 9. Clovis, 261.5; 10. Santa Fe, 201; 11. Gallup, 82; 12. Piedra Vista, 21; 13. Capital, 2.200 medley relay1. Academy, 1:40.27; 2. Sandia Prep, 1:40.87; 3. Farmington, 1:45.98; 4. Los Alamos (Colton Lake, Dylan Lake, Alexander Baker, Micah Putnam), 1:49.23.200 freestyle1. Clint Larson, Farmington, 1:49.78; 2. Chris Riley, Farmington, 1:50.21; 3. Colin Martin, Academy, 1:55.37; 7. Mikhail Skurkhin, 2:04.25; 9. Chris Ventura, 2:07.73; 15. Jonathan VanderWiel, 2:14.88; 27. Eamonn Wilson, 2:48.15.200 individual medley1. Marcus Guttmann, Academy, 2:05.70; 2. Max Haberkorn, Sandia Prep, 2:07.86; 3. Preston Feinberg, Academy, 2:09.09; 5. Micah Putnam, 2:10.40.50 freestyle1. Mack Puhl, Sandia Prep, 21.75; 2. Kalani Kaula, Academy, 22.03; 3. Kaleb Boren, Rio Rancho, 22.82; 6. Colton Lake, 23.40; 16. Paco Venneri, 25.08; 25. Adam Izraelevitz, 26.71; 32. Lorenzo Venneri, 30.64.100 butterfly1. Mack Puhl, Sandia Prep, 52.81; 2. Alexander Baker, 59.23; 3. Leif Winstead, Las Cruces, 59.53; 16. Chris Ventura, 1:08.69.100 freestyle1. Calvin Shaneyfelt, Academy, 50.51; 2. Scott Kendrick, Sandia Prep, 50.95; 3. Logan Dutton, Santa Fe, 51.45; 8. Paco Vennneri, 54.68; 25. Adam Izraelevitz, 1:01.65; 36. Eamonn Wilson, 1:15.69.500 freeestyle1. Colin Martin, Academy, 5:12.49; 2. Dylan Lake, 5:22.72; 3. Jake Pyeatt, Rio Rancho, 5:26.69; 8. Mikhail Skurikhin, 5:47.64.200 freestyle relay1. Academy A, 1:32.10; 2. Rio Rancho, 1:34.81; 3. Academy B, 1:37.82; 9. Los Alamos A (Colton Lake, Alexander Baker, Mikhail Skurikhin, Adam Izraelevitz) 1:44.61; 15. Los Alamos B (Chris Ventura, Lorenzo Venneri, Arik Burakovsky, Eamonn Wilson), 2:03.06.100 backstroke1. Chris Riley, Farmington, 53.38; 2. Max Haberkorn, Sandia Prep, 58.55; 3. Marcus Guttmann, Academy, 58.77; 4. Colton Lake, 59.10; 5. Micah Putnam, 59.52; 11. Alexander Baker, 1:01.99; 24. Lorenzo Venneri, 1:20.25.100 breaststroke1. Elliott Feng, Academy, 1:01.54; 2. Drew Collier, Sandia Prep, 1:03.20; 3. Tyler Romero, Rio Rancho, 1:09.42; 6. Dylan Lake, 1:09.81; 15. Jonathan VanderWiel, 1:16.83; 26. Arik Burakovsky, 1:33.23.400 freestyle relay1. Academy, 3:22.52; 2. Sandia Prep, 3:23.01; 3. Farmington, 3:32.47; 6. Los Alamos A (Micah Putnam, Paco Venneri, Dylan Lake, Chris Ventura), 3:42.57; 15. Los Alamos B (Jonathan VanderWiel, Lorenzo Venneri, Eamonn Wilson, Arik Burakovsky), 4:45.05.1 meter diving1. Kyle Lang, Academy, 357.50; 2. Nikko Dellios, Academy, 353.95; 3. Gavin Moku, Rio Rancho, 297.65.