Swimming: LA girls win at quad Saturday

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming teams put together a good showing heading into winter vacation.

Saturday, the Hilltopper girls took first place at the Albuquerque Winter Break meet, hosted by West Mesa High School, while the Hilltopper boys finished second.

Los Alamos’ boys finished with 150 points, placing them just behind Albuquerque, which had 167 points. Los Alamos’ girls, meanwhile, finished with 168 points to pick up their second win in three events this season.

Hilltopper co-head coach Rusty Bernstein said he was impressed with the performances from both teams, especially with the stress the holiday season brings.

“The kids were a little tired, especially on the mental side from their finals,” Bernstein said, noting that it probably didn’t help them much that they had to leave at 5:30 Saturday morning.

Los Alamos will now have 12 days before it hosts a quadrangular meet. Many swimmers will be on travel during that time.

Individually, Los Alamos picked up 13 new state qualifying marks Saturday. While a few made the cut in familiar events, about half of Los Alamos’ contingent were in off-events.

A pair of swimmers, Grace Liu and Misha Skurikhin, made their first career state qualifying marks at the meet.

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