The Taos high school swim team had big performances at the District 2 meet in Los Alamos on Saturday (Feb. 8).
All 17 swimmers on the roster "achieved at least one personal best time," head coach Nancy Call said. Six team records were broken, too. And for relay times? Well, those were crushed, with each one coming 3-4 seconds faster than before.
The girls squad had just five swimmers at the meet, but that didn't matter much. They placed third overall, and finished behind Los Alamos and Santa Fe Prep - two teams with immense talent.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Aricela Chavez, Angelina Griego, Maye Montoya and Grace Goler came away with a second-place finishing. More impressively, though, they shaved four seconds off their previous time and are eligible for state competition in that event. The same relay team also placed third in the 200-yard medley relay.
Individually, Grace Goler continued her run of dominance. In the 50-yard freestyle, she took second place and in the 100-yard butterfly, Goler took first.
Other individual finishes included Chavez's fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle, respectively. Griego finished in third place in the 200-yard individual medley and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke. Shyla Martinez, a newcomer, placed in the top 10 in her events, and also scored team points.
The boys were nearly unstoppable, too. They finished in second place overall, one spot up from a season ago and just behind Los Alamos.
Call said that the depth of the boys squad contributed to their second-place finishing, but also said that "outstanding swims" was another factor.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Estevan Salazar, Dillon Brown, Eddie Duran and Diego Griego shaved off five seconds from their previous best time this season. They finished in second in the event, and qualified for state.
Salazar, Greigo Duran and Uriel Chavez finished in second in the 200-yard medley relay, and dropped three seconds off of their previous time.
Griego finished in first place in the 50-yard freestyle and will be heading to state for that event. He also finished third in 100-yard butterfly.
Salazar finished in second in the 100-yard backstroke, and also qualified for state. Duran finished in fifth place in both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke.
Now, the Tigers have the state meet to look forward to. It will take place on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 21-22) at Albuquerque Academy.
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