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Aquatomics dominate at VAST June Open

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By Phil Scherer

As the season slowly begins to wind down for the Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team, the results continue to get more and more impressive. 

At the team’s latest meet, the VAST June Open in Albuquerque, the Aquatomics won more than 25 races between prelims and finals, and had countless top-five finishes across all age groups. 

As has been the case throughout the season, Ming Lo was one of the top competitors for the Aquatomics, collecting three first-place finishes in finals, and finishing in the top-five in each of his races. 

He continues to improve throughout the season, dropping 49 seconds in the 400 individual medley. 

Equally impressive was Fayrouz Mourad, who won two of her races in the finals, and also finished in the top-five of each of her races. 

Allison Amrani won the 9-10 50-breaststroke and the 10-and-under 100-backstroke. She also finished in the top-five of five other races. 

Duncan Henderson had seven top-three finishes, including a first-place finish in the 200-freestyle. 

Andrew Corliss also had a strong meet, earning a victory in the 100-freestyle as well as three other top-five finishes. 

Orion Henderson earned a pair of victories in the 200-freestyle and the 200-backstroke and Ian Jaegers earned a victory in the 200-backstroke.

Ming-Xiu Lo, who is 8 years old, earned four victories, and also saw a 12-second drop in her previous-best time in the 200-IM, where she finished in fifth place. 

Lo has had a great long-course season to this point, as she dominated the Lobo Summer Invite earlier in June. 

At that meet, Lo competed in eight events in the 8-and-under age group, and won every single one of them, earning her team the maximum 72 points.  

Though she did not win any of her races, Julia Quernemoen was perhaps the team’s most consistent performer, earning second-place finishes in all six of her finals races. 

This weekend, the Aquatomics head back to Albuquerque for the Last Chance Meet, which will take place Saturday and Sunday. 

All members of the Aquatomics are welcome to attend. 

This is one of the final meets of the regular season for the team, with the state championship meet set to take place beginning July 26.