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Clovis girls swimmers finish 1st, boys 2nd at Artesia Invite

 

January 21, 2018



CARLSBAD — New relays? No problem.

The Clovis girls swim team unveiled new combinations for their relays at Saturday's Artesia Invite in Carlsbad and had about as much success as possible, taking the top two spots with state-qualifying times in all three relays.

"The girls were really excited mixing up the relays the way we did," Wildcats coach Vincent de Maio said. "It was a lot of fun, they really enjoyed that.”

The tightest relay of the day between the Clovis girls came in the very first event, the 200 medley relay, when the foursome of Mykala Chavez, Olivia Reeb, Nina Mead and Hannah Luscombe just barely beat out the group of Bella Zamora, Maya Hammond, Katie Kelley and Katherine Reeb, 1:59.76 to 2:00.78.

"That was really exciting," de Maio said. “It was good to see the girls challenge each other and work for a spot. I actually think the crowd there kind of enjoyed it too."

In the girls 200 free relay Mead, Chavez, AnneMarie Johnston and Anya Hammond won with a state-qualifying time of 1:49.76 and Katherine Reeb, Maya Hammond, Tabitha May and Annie Smith finished second with a state-qualifying time of 1:52.50.

In the girls 400 free relay Bella Zamora, Olivia Reeb, Annie Smith and Johnston finished first with a state-qualifying time of 3:54.59 and Anya Hammond, Luscombe, Kelley and Alexis Spears took second with a state-qualifying time of 3:59.76, with both Bella Zamora and Anya Hammond posting state-qualifying times as they led off the relays.

The six top-two finishes for the girls relays came just one week after tallying only two top-two finishes in relays last week at the Academy Invitational.

"It was a much stronger outing, I was very pleased with today's swimming," de Maio said.

The strong relays led the Clovis girls team to a first-place finish, tallying 456 points and beating out Hobbs (201), Alamogordo (125), Carlsbad (123), Artesia (68) and New Mexico Military Institute (13).

The Clovis boys team finished second with 214 points, behind Hobbs (263) and ahead of Carlsbad (161), New Mexico Military Institute (119), Artesia (90) and Alamogordo (80).

Bella Zamora also added state-qualifying times in the 200 IM, which she won in 2:19.00, and the 500 free, where she finished second in 5:35.89, trailing only Luscombe's time of 5:31.02, another new state-qualifying time for the Wildcats.

"Bella was a little disappointed with her swims last week and came back with a vengeance this week," de Maio said. "Now Bella joins what we consider to be a very elite club of kids on our team that have qualified every single event for the state championships. That's pretty impressive. That makes them obviously very, very strong all-around swimmers but it also makes them incredible college candidates because now they can do anything for a college team.

She joins James Skuse as the only two members on the team who have accomplished that feat up to this point as Skuse picked up his final state-qualifying time of the season when he won the 500 free with a time of 4:48.71.

Skuse also won the boys 50 free with a state-qualifying time of 22.76 and was a part of both boys relays that finished first: the boys 200 free relay along with Tyler Noack, Case Smith and Barrett Bryant with a state-qualifying time of 1:37.25 and the boys 400 free relay along with Bryant, Ethan Zamora and Cade Nordgren with a state-qualifying time of 3:26.62.

Noack was singled out for filling in on that relay as a freshman.

"He swam his best time ever in the 50 and the boys won that event with a state time, so that was kind of exciting," de Maio said. "He's a ninth grader and got an opportunity and took advantage of it."

In the boys 200 medley Case Smith, Cade Nordgren, Ethan Zamora and Noack finished second with a time of 1:55.12, one of just four events, besides the diving events in which no Wildcats competed, that Clovis did not finish first.

Clovis swept the top three spots in four events.

In the girls 200 free Maya Hammond won with a state-qualifying time of 2:05.55, Katherine Reeb finished second with a state-qualifying time of 2:05.77 and Johnston finished third with a time of 2:14.52.

In the girls 200 IM Anya Hammond finished second behind Bella Zamora with a time of 2:21.29 and Mead finished third with a time of 2:34.07.

In the girls 50 free Luscombe won with a time of 26.59, Annie Smith finished second with a time of 26.94 and Katie Kelley finished third with a time of 27.28

In the girls 100 butterfly Olivia Reeb won with a state-qualifying time of 1:04.54, Katie Kelley finished second with a time of 1:05.84 and Chavez finished third with a time of 1:09.70.

Bryant added a new state-qualifying time in the boys 200 IM which he won with a time of 2:09.02 and Nordgren finished second with a time of 2:10.39.

Case Smith picked up first-place finishes in the boys 200 free with a time of 1:56.20 and in the boys 100 free with a time of 53.68.

The girls 100 breast featured an inter-family battle as Olivia Reeb won with a time of 1:12.99 and Katherine Reeb finished second with a time of 1:17.72.

In the boys 100 butterfly Ethan Zamora won with a time of 59.40 and Bryant finished second with a time of 59.96.

In the girls 100 free Anya Hammond won with a state-qualifying time of 56.29 and Annie Smith finished third with a time of 58.46

The Wildcats added second place finishes in the boys 500 free from Ethan Zamora with a state-qualifying time of 5:13.83, in the girls 100 back from Chavez with a time of 1:08.89 and in the boys 100 breast from Nordgren with a time of 1:07.26.

 

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