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Clovis wins Hobbs meet, qualifies six more


November 20, 2019

HOBBS — Swim season moved forward, sweeping Clovis from Lubbock a week earlier to the Tori Invitational in Hobbs this past Saturday.

And both Clovis teams came away with impressive achievements. The Lady Wildcats won the meet, notching six new state-qualifying times along the way. Clovis’ boys took third place, an effort that included a thrilling 400 freestyle relay victory.

“It was a huge success that our boys were able to finish third overall in the team standings,” Clovis head coach Gordy Westerberg said. “Our boys team is really developing. Only one person, Thomas Palla, swam on the team last year and the other seven are in their first year on the team. We are heading in the right direction; a year from now, these boys will be a very tough team to beat.”

They’re already pretty tough as it is.

The Clovis boys finished just three points behind second-place Blue Wave High School of Texas last Saturday, standings that snug in part because of the 400 free relay team’s narrow victory over Blue Wave. William Longhenry, Clayton Hogan, David Reeb and Palla pulled it out with their time of 3:48.90. “This relay is now less than five seconds away from qualifying for the state championships,” Westerberg said.

The Lady Wildcats dominated their way to victory, finishing 44 points ahead of second-place Carlsbad.

“I was really pleased with our girls winning this meet,” Westerberg said, “because I rotated their events around so they were not in their best events like they were last weekend in Lubbock.”

Starring for the Lady ’Cats was Bella Zamora, who won two events — the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle — and posted state-qualifying times in each, 2:17.17 and 5:22.47, respectively.

Zamora was also part of the first-place 200 free relay team that included Shyann Kissinger, Hannah Luscombe and Nina Mead. Together, the quartet notched a state-qualifying time of 1:45.22.

Luscombe added a first-place time of 1:15.39 in the 100 breaststroke.

Also taking first place for the Clovis girls were Mead, Katie Reeb, Tabitha May and Amber Westerberg in the 400 free relay. Their 4:07.81 mark was a state-qualifying time.

Reeb also gave Clovis a few second-place finishes. She earned that place in the 200 i.m. and 100 freestyle with her respective state-qualifying times of 2:22.57 and 57.61, and was also part of the second-place 200 medley relay team along with Kissinger, Zamora and Luscombe, a quartet that tallied a state-qualifying time of 1:59.73.

Kissinger had a second-place finish and state-qualifying time (1:04.88) in the girls 100 butterfly, and was also second in the girls 50 freestyle (26.44).

Amber Westerberg was second in the girls 100 backstroke (1:08.24). Palla took second in the boys 100 back (1:04.50).

Clovis’ third-place finishers were: David Reeb in the boys 200 i.m. (2:25.95) and the boys 500 freestyle (5:59.03); Amber Westerberg in the girls 200 freestyle (2:11.95), Luscombe in the girls 100 butterfly (1:06.80); Mead in the girls 100 freestyle (59.96); and Hogan in the boys 100 backstroke (1:09.51).

Fourth-place Clovis finishers were: the boys 200 medley relay team of Palla, Rikki Aponte, David Reeb and Hogan (2:00.11); Longhenry in the boys 200 freestyle (2:08.54); Lexi Spears in the girls 500 freestyle (6:18.48); Tabitha May in the girls 100 backstroke (1:14.48); and the boys 400 free relay team of Porter Kidd, Kriday Andiboina, Hayden Stewart and Aponte (4:15.42).

Finishing fifth for the Wildcats were: the girls 200 medley relay team of Tabitha May, Chara May, Spears and Kiara Morgan (2:17.69); Mead in the girls 200 freestyle (2:15.07); Hogan in the boys 200 i.m. (2:29.81); and Chara May in the girls 100 backstroke (1:15.94).

Placing sixth for Clovis were: Aponte in the boys 500 freestyle (6:20.51) and the boys 100 breaststroke (1:21.57); Andiboina in the boys 200 freestyle (2:16.13); Morgan in the girls 200 i.m. (2:48.66); and Kidd in the boys 200 i.m. (2:36.42).

Longhenry was seventh in the boys 100 butterfly (1:07.21).

Kidd took eighth in the boys 100 fly (1:10.07).

Clovis will compete again this Saturday at the Carlsbad Dual Meet.


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