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Clovis girls win swim meet at Carlsbad


November 15, 2017

CARLSBAD — Both Clovis swim teams fared well in Saturday’s Carlsbad Invitational, but it was the girls who stood out the most, taking home first place.

The Lady Wildcats’ championship point total was 235, far ahead of second-place Hobbs (113). Carlsbad (77), Pedro Vista (52), Farmington (32) and Artesia (25) rounded out the girls participants.

“They swam well,” Clovis head coach Vincent DeMaio said of his girls team. “We were actually a lot faster last weekend in Lubbock. ... Lubbock just outweighs us — they have 90 kids and we have 13. ... But we really swam a lot faster than we did (Saturday in Carlsbad).”

The Clovis boys took home a respectable second place in Carlsbad, despite being a bit short-handed. The Wildcats earned 115 points, behind champion Hobbs’ 165. Carlsbad (98), Farmington (69), Artesia (34) and Pedro Vista (11) were third through sixth, respectively.

“The boys swam pretty well, too,” DeMaio said. “We were one guy short because of a team-rule violation. ... But they still did pretty well.”

Both Clovis teams were loaded with first-place finishers and state-qualifying times.

On the girls side, the 200 medley relay team of Annie Smith, Katie Reeb, Nina Mead and Hannah Luscombe took first with a state-qualifying time of 2:02.93.

The Lady Wildcats team of Mykala Chavez, Jera Scott, Alexis Spears and Tabitha May snared third place in the event with a time of 2:07.96.

In the 200 freestyle, Katie Reeb took first with a state-qualifying time of 2:05.85. Teammates Bella Zamora (2:06.42) and Luscombe (2:08.21) were second and fourth, respectively, with their state-qualifying times.

Spears was Clovis’ highest finisher in the 200 individual medley, placing third with a time of 2:45.98.

Smith won the 50 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of :27.01. Mead placed third in the 50 free with a time of :28.00.

Olivia Reeb won the 100 butterfly with her state-qualifying time of 1:04.33. Chavez was second in the 100 fly with a 1:09.38 time.

Luscombe captured first in the 500 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 5:38.76. Maya Hammond was second in the 500 free with a 5:55.70 time.

Clovis’ 200 freestyle relay team of Anya Hammond, Smith, Olivia Reeb and Zamora seized first place with a state-qualifying time of 1:46.11.

Clovis’ team of Luscombe, Maya Hammond, Katie Reeb and Chavez were second in the 200 free with a state-qualifying time of 1:51.22.

In the 100 backstroke, Anya Hammond was first with a state-qualifying time of 1:03.61. Smith’s third-place time of 1:06.34 was also a state-qualifier. Chavez was a respectable fourth with a 1:09.69 time.

Olivia Reeb brought home first in the 100 breaststroke, with a state-qualifying time of 1:11.97. Zamora was second (1:14.49) and Katie Reeb third (1:20.47) in the event.

And in the 400 free relay, Clovis’ team of Zamora, Anya Hammond, Olivia Reeb and Mead were first with a state-qualifying time of 3:55.11.

In the boys competition, Clovis’ 200 medley relay team of Case Smith, Cade Nordgren, Ethan Zamora and Alex Abruto took second place with a time of 1:55.64.

Smith was first in the 200 freestyle with a 2:00.43 time.

Zamora captured first in the 200 individual medley with his time of 2:13.71. Abruto took second (2:16.55) in the event.

In the boys 50 freestyle, James Skuse’s state-qualifying time of :23.05 was good enough for first place, as was Zamora’s :52.40 time in the 100 free, and Smith’s state-qualifying time of 5:21.90 in the 500 free.

The Wildcats’ 200 free relay team of Scuse, Abruto, Nordgren and Zamora captured first with a time of 1:40.76.

Scuse won the 100 breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:04.13. Nordgren was third in the event with a 1:10.88 time.

And in the 400 free relay, Clovis’ team of Abruto, Smith, Nordgren and Scuse brought home first place with their state-qualifying time of 3:32.13.


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