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LAHS finishes in top 10 at state swim meet

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By Phil Scherer

Though only one competitor ended up with a top-3 finish, the Los Alamos High School swimming and diving teams had a good overall showing at the 2018 state championships.

Both the boys and the girls teams ended up with top-10 finishes, with the girls finishing in sixth place and the boys finishing ninth.

The Hilltoppers had four swimmers that qualified for the state meet in two individual events apiece: Jillian Bennett, Andy Corliss, Ian Jaegers and Sara Shiina.

Shiina had the best showing of the meet for LAHS, finishing in third place in the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 59.54 seconds. She also finished in eighth place in the 100-yard backstroke event with a time of 1:01.65.

Bennett had a pair of top-5 finishes, earning fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.05 and fifth place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.97 seconds.

Corliss ended up with a pair of 13th place finishes, in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:06.77, and in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.03.

Jaegers was also consistent, finishing in 13th place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.10, and in 14th place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.25 seconds.

Among the top accomplishments from the weekend is that LAHS had three divers in the final round of both the boys and girls competitions.

For the boys, Daniel Fryer finished in eighth place, Kyle Hatler finished in ninth place and Mychael Garcia ended in 12th place.

For the girls, Emme Mooday earned 11th place, Anna Clark finished in 12th place and Cyra Bishop finished in 13th place.

All of LAHS’ relays placed in the top-10 at state, with the top finishes coming in the girls’ 200-yard medley relay, and the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay, both of which finished in seventh place.

Also competing for the Hilltoppers in the state championships were Julia Chen, Alana Goodwin, Cory Liechty, Sophie Schmidt, Beth Short, Neil Wilkerson and Sonyia Williams.

For the girls, this year’s total of 154 team points represents a bit of a step back, after earning 205 points last year, and 218 points in 2016.

On the boys’ side, this year’s finish is on par with recent results, as the team finished with 100 points.

Last year, the team finished with 102 points, and in 2016, LAHS earned 88 points.