Aquatomics dominate final regular season meet

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By Phil Scherer

In their final meet before the state championships, several members of the Los Alamos Aquatomics dominated the competition, proving they are ready for the state’s biggest stage.

The 2017 Duke Last Chance Meet provided swimmers from around the state a final opportunity to record times that would qualify them for the state championship meet.

Swimmers that had already qualified for the state meet had an opportunity to either improve their times, or simply stay in shape leading up to the biggest competition of the summer season.

Unlike all other swim meets throughout the season, swimmers competed as individuals rather than as a team.

No points were awarded to teams, and no awards were handed out. Swimmers were not broken up into age groups for competition, either.

This was simply an opportunity for swimmers to compete against pre-determined state qualifying times in a time-trial format.

Many members of the Aquatomics made the trip to Albuquerque for the meet, and four of them walked away with state-qualifying times.

The top performers for the Aqautomics were Alex and Ian Jaegers, Ming Lo and Konstantin Nelson.

All four were already qualified for the state competition before the event, but it offered them an opportunity to see how a high-level meet would be run.

Nelson was the top performer for the team, posting state-qualifying times in eight events.

Lo posted state-qualifying times in six events. Alex Jaegers also posted qualifying times in six events.

His brother Ian qualified in five events.

Depending on how many people from other teams posted state-qualifying times, the Aquatomics will have at least nine swimmers in the state championship meet.

It will take place July 27-30 in Farmington.

In addition, the team has already qualified five swimmers for the Western Zone Meet, which will take place in Rosedale, California, Aug. 8-11.

This is considered one of the most prestigious meets in the country for swimmers under the age of 15. Those qualified include both Lo and Nelson, in addition to Sophia Pieck, Carson Hicks and Andy Corliss who did not attend the Last Chance Meet.