Swimming

Young team, big hopes

Taos team eyes better finishes for this season

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 11/26/19

Taos swimming's season is in full swing.

With the first swimming meet of the season starting on Tuesday (Nov. 26), the Tigers will face a long season that concludes in February of next year. In that span, the Tigers will have competed in seven separate meets before the state tournament.

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Swimming

Young team, big hopes

Taos team eyes better finishes for this season

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Taos swimming's season is in full swing.

With the first swimming meet of the season starting on Tuesday (Nov. 26), the Tigers will face a long season that concludes in February of next year. In that span, the Tigers will have competed in seven separate meets before the state tournament.

In swimming and diving, which is a sanctioned sport by the New Mexico Activities Association, there is only one class. That means Taos competes against schools from all over the state, regardless of school size.

However, there is still a district and the Tigers compete in District 2, which features schools such as Los Alamos, Santa Fe Prep, Santa Fe Waldorf, Miyamura, St. Michael's, Gallup and Desert Academy.

A season ago, both the boys and girls finished third in the district, their best placing in recent memory.

The team will be returning some state qualifiers - such as Grace Goler, a sophomore swimmer who was a finalist in the state meet in the 50 free and the 100.

Diego Griego, a senior, looks to be a key factor this season for boys side on the Taos swimming team, while other swimmers such as Estevan Salazar, Uriel Chavez and Lorenzo Cordova will be returners, too.

Nancy Call, the head coach, said that this year will be one seeking improvement individually and as a team. She will be co-coaching alongside Craig Mallery, who is the head coach for Taos Swim Club and who has experience at the college level.

Call said that this season the team will be young. Altogether, six eighth-graders, three freshmen, three sophomores, four juniors and two seniors make up the team.

Nonetheless, both Call and her team are excited to get the season underway.

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