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Heading into their home opening meet, the Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams feel good about their chances to win it.
But the Hilltoppers are told many times throughout the season that it’s all about how they finish.
Los Alamos’ boys and girls teams will be at home Friday and Saturday for the Los Alamos Invitational. The meet, which will take place at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, will hold diving competition at 5 p.m. Friday, then will have swimming competition starting 10 a.m. Saturday.
Both Hilltopper teams are relatively young this season, the boys more so than the girls, but Hilltopper head coach Rusty Bernstein — who will be in his first year of guiding the team by himself, former co-head coach Cindy Black stepped down toward the end of the 2009-10 season — thinks that the teams could still be competitive come state championship time in February.
“The boys, maybe could or should be potentially in the top 10,” he said. “We lost six of our top swimmers from last year, but we’ve got some new kids on the boys side…on the girls side, it’s pretty early to tell, but top five (at state) is something we could do.”
Both teams finished in the top four at state last season, with the girls finishing as the state runner-up behind Albuquerque Academy.
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