There are plenty of familiar faces around the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams this season, although one of the new faces is the one at the top.
Head coach Stu Corliss takes over the reins of the program this year and is prepping the team for its second meet of the season Saturday.
Los Alamos will make its one-and-only home appearance of the season Saturday.
Teams from Taos, Desert Academy, St. Michael’s and St. Pius X, among others, are expected for the Los Alamos Invitational.
The transition from Rusty Bernstein, who took over the swim program in 2009, to Corliss, has taken some adjusting to and getting some of the teams’ newcomers up to speed has been a challenge during the preseason.
“At the beginning it was kind of a big mess,” said senior Maria Venneri. “The returners know what’s happening…It’s really on the shoulders of the older swimmers to get things going.”
Los Alamos will be banking on some of its top returners to get back to form this season, as well as a key newcomer to the program.