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CHS swimmers sweep Carlsbad meet

Staff report

CARLSBAD — Clovis High’s swimming program may not be large in numbers, but coach Vincent de Maio said he believes the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats have plenty of quality.

Clovis swept both divisions of Saturday’ season-opening Carlsbad Invitational. The Lady Cats, with a roster including one sophomore, five freshmen and four eighth-graders, cruised to victory in the seven-team field with 201 points to 125 for Andrews, Texas, while the boys scored 129 points to outdistance runnerup Andrews, with 98.

De Maio said the Lady Cats have about four seventh-graders who should add to the team’s depth beginning next year and help keep it quite competitive for the foreseeable future.

“It’s a very young and powerful group,” he said. “I’ve never had a group that loves swimming this much and loves to train this much.

“This team will continue to do well. In the coming years, this will be a very competitive team.”

Sophomore Jasmine White, freshman Olivia Reeb and eighth-grader Anya Hammond all won two individual events and competed on two winning relays at Carlsbad. The Lady Cats won all 10 events and posted a total of eight state-qualifying marks.

The boys won six events, including two relays, and earned seven state-qualifying marks. Junior Everett Ward had three of them, sophomore Paden Simms two and sophomore Case Schaap one, and all three swam on the state-qualifying 400 freestyle relay.

The boys squad, numbering eight, also has no seniors, and Ward is the only junior.

“The boys aren’t as deep as the girls, but they’re going to be very strong this year,” de Maio said. “Those three boys (Ward, Simms and Schaap) all have experience in national-level meets.”

CHS squads are back in action on Saturday in the Hobbs Invitational.