Swimming

Taos High School Swim Team competed in invitational, now head to championship meets

By Sheila Miller
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 2/7/19

Saturday (Feb. 2), the Taos High School Swim Team competed in the Capital Cities Invitational in Santa Fe, their last meet before championship meets begin Feb. 9.

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Taos High School Swim Team competed in invitational, now head to championship meets

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Saturday (Feb. 2), the Taos High School Swim Team competed in the Capital Cities Invitational in Santa Fe, their last meet before championship meets begin Feb. 9.

Taos swimmers and relays took first place in 7 of the 24 events and accumulated enough points to land the boys second place in the meet behind only St. Pius X, which had the top spot for both boys and girls. The girls swam to a fourth-place team finish.

Senior Ashley McMains punched her ticket to the state meet by swimming a season’s best in the 100 Backstroke with a first-place finish of 1:03.28. Grace Goler was right behind her for second. Goler dropped more time from her state-qualifying 100 Butterfly, winning the race in 1:04.06, while McMains took fourth. Aricela Chavez swam to third place in the 200 Freestyle and fifth in the 50 Free. 

The relay team of McMains, Maye Montoya, Goler and Chavez won the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay, coming up just short of state qualifying times. Maye Montoya placed eighth in the 100 Breaststroke. Karen Rodriguez, Veronica Montoya and Alyssa Murray also shed time in their individual swims.  

Diego Griego won both the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly, while Hunter Griego placed second in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Butterfly.  Estevan Salazar won the 100 Freestyle and placed fifth in the 50 Free. Lorenzo Cordova came in fourth in the 100 Backstroke and Cooper LeDoux placed fifth in the 100 Breaststroke. Jordan Montoya and Max Meadowcraft also contributed to the point total. 

The boys relays, consisting of Diego Griego, Cordova, Hunter Griego and Salazar, were blazing fast; the 200 Freestyle Relay nabbed a second-place finish just .06 seconds off the state qualifying time and they also finished second in the 400 Freestyle Relay.

The district meet Saturday (Feb. 9) at the Genoveva Chavez Center begins at 1 p.m. and gives the swimmers one more chance for personal bests and state qualifying times.

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