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Boys’ swimming finishes as state runner-up; girls finish in top 10

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By Phil Scherer

 The Los Alamos High School boys’ swim team finished as the state runners-up last weekend at the state championships, while the girls finished in eighth place overall. 

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The LAHS boys finished with a total of 276 points, just four points behind La Cueva, which won the state championship. The Hilltoppers finished in front of Albuquerque Academy, last year’s runner-up. 

The Hilltopper girls finished with 126 team points. Academy was the state champion in that competition, finishing with 383 points. The Chargers dominated the competition, as La Cueva finished in second place with 314 points. 

The top overall performance for the boys came from Orion Henderson, who finished in third place in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 1:56.32. Henderson also finished in fourth place in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 4:50.87. 

Ian Jaegers also made the finals in a pair of events. He earned sixth place in the 100 freestyle and seventh place in the 100 Backstroke.

For the girls, Jillian Bennett finished in third place in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.38. 

The boys did well in the relays, earning fifth place in the 200 Medley Relay, sixth in the 200 Freestyle Relay and fourth in the 400 freestyle Relay. 

The girls also made the finals in each of the three relays. 

In diving, the Hilltoppers made a strong impression, as Daniel Fryer finished in third place, Kyle Hatler earned fourth place and Brayden Stidham finished in seventh place. 

For the girls, Jazmine Tuning finished in eighth place and Cyra Bishop was in 11th place.