Sam Katko dives in while his teammate Nikolai Nelson looks on after finishing his leg of the relay June 27 during the Nogar Memorial Open swim meet held here in Los Alamos.
Swimmers approach final stretch after home meet

As the Los Alamos Aquatomics get ready for their final swim before the state championships, the swimmers seem to be making strides in the water.
Last weekend during the team’s home meet, the Nogar Memorial Open, many of the swimmers had their best times of the summer.
“As coaches, we are very happy with the results of the meet,” coach Maribeth Englert said. “We had several swimmers get their first state cut at the Nogar meet. The kids are looking great in practice and should progress through their end of season meets.”
Swimmers who qualified for state at the Nogar meet in the 9-10 age group were Caleb Cook (100-meter freestyle), Mary Couture (50 backstroke) and Betty Kang (100 back).
The team also had three 8-year-old girls qualify for events in the 9-10 age group: Molly Couture (100 Back), Marlee Katko (100 breaststroke) and Emily McLaughlin (100 back and 50 back).
Four Aquatomics finished as meet’s high-point winners and nine others finished in the top-three of the high-point race.
The team’s 8-and-under girls swept the high-point awards. Katko finished first, Allison Amrani took second and McLaughlin was third. Katko won the 50 fly and the 50 and 100 breaststroke en route to her title.

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