In the final meet before district action, the Capital City Invite in Santa Fe, the Taos Tigers swim team came away with some solid placings. The event took place …
In the final meet before district action, the Capital City Invite in Santa Fe, the Taos Tigers swim team came away with some solid placings. The event took place on Saturday (Feb. 1).
The boys squad took first place out of seven teams and the girls finished third out of six teams.
The boys dominated their relay races, winning the 400-yard freestyle relay and lowering their time, which is already a state qualifier and was their best previous time, by two seconds. The team was comprised of Estevan Salazar, Dillon Brown, Diego Griego and Eddie Duran. The same team also placed first in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Griego, individually, had two first-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Salazar finished first in the 50-yard backstroke and was just shy of a state-qualifying time. Duran finished in first place in the 100-yard butterfly.
The girls 400-yard freestyle relay team and 200-yard freestyle relay team finished second and third place, respectively, with a group made up of Angelina Griego, Shyla Martinez, Maye Montoya and Grace Goler.
Goler had first-place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Montoya finished in first in the 100-yard breaststroke. Griego finished second in the 50-yard freestyle.
Up next for the Taos swim team is the district meet in Los Alamos on Saturday (Feb. 8).
Wrestling team's final tournament before district
The Taos wrestling team competed in the Leonard Kirby Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 1) and performed well in the process.
In the first round of the dual meet, Taos defeated Goddard 51-24. In the second round of Pool 1, however, Taos was demolished by Belen 66-6. However, the Tigers finished out the third round strong and came away with a 42-18 win over Bernalillo which was good enough for a second-place finishing in the pool.
Later, though, Taos still had some competition to face and came away with a third-place finishing in Pool 4-6. Taos lost to both Grants and Roswell.
The Tigers have an important district tournament coming up that they are hosting. The competition will take place at Taos High School on Saturday (Feb. 8).
Knighthawks named co-champs in regionals
The Taos Knighthawks were named the co-champions at the New Mexico Regional Chess High School Championships on Thursday (Jan. 30) in Santa Fe.
It was a competition of the six best teams in the region, which was a qualifier for the NMAA State Championships happening this weekend in Albuquerque.
It was a sweep in the first round for the Knighthawks in their most recent outing, and they won the second and third rounds, too. However, in the third round when the Knighthawks faced Mandela International Magnet School, they lost the bottom two boards in quick fashion. But then Robbie Gersten picked up a win, Jaimie Ritchie got a draw and Nitis Morgan picked up a win.
On the final board, with the clock running down, Kian Morgan and his opponent from MIMS agreed to a draw which led to a tie in first place for both teams.
"The kids played well. I particularly liked seeing the older players coaching the newer players between rounds on their endgame technique," said head coach Dennis Hedges. "If we can get them all to state, it should be some good close competition."
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