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CHS swimmers sweep at Cleveland


Last updated 4/24/2021 at 3:54pm

Kevin Wilson

David Case returns a shot in his No. 2 boys singles match Tuesday at the Clovis High tennis courts.

RIO RANCHO - Clovis High's swimmers took a step up from season-opening dual wins at Lovington the previous week and swept both team titles on Wednesday in a triangular at Cleveland H.S.

Clovis' boys finished with 118 points to 95 for Rio Rancho High and 92 for the host Storm. In girls' competition, the Lady Wildcats compiled 166 1/2 points to 118 1/2 for Rio Rancho and 109 for Cleveland.

"I was very surprised we won the meet on both the girls and boys side," CHS coach Gordy Westerberg said. "Cleveland is a very good program, and Rio Rancho has some excellent boys that will be scorers at the state meet."

CHS posted seven provisional state-qualifying times - five on the girls side. Both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats claimed qualifying marks in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, while individual marks for the girls were recorded by sophomores Shyann Kissinger in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly and Chloe Lee in the 50 freestyle.

"One thing that's very hard to do - travel on a bus for four hours and then compete," Westerberg said. "So the fact we were able to get seven provisional qualifying times is fantastic under those circumstances. It was a very long day for the coaches and swimmers."

On Tuesday, the Cats and Lady Cats are slated to entertain Hobbs, Hope Christian and Sandia Prep at Clovis Aquatic Center in a 3 p.m. start. It will be the second home meet in the 18-year history of the program, and the first since the 2012-13 school year.

Hobbs tops CHS in 'Texas-style' dual - On Tuesday, Hobbs posted a 13-6 victory over CHS in a "Texas-style" tennis dual here, with the teams playing regular nine-match boys and girls duals plus one mixed doubles, and combining all the scores.

All six wins for Clovis came on the girls' side, with the Lady Cats taking four singles matches and winning two of the three doubles contests.

The Lady Cats swept through Nos. 3-6 singles with junior Ayia Alsaleh, senior Alex Gonzales, sophomore Niliyaah Hall and junior Charlesse Phillips, respectively. Meantime, Asaleh and Gonzales at No. 2 and Hall and Phillips at No. 3 teamed up for wins in doubles play.

Clovis squads were in Roswell on Friday and Saturday for a flighted tournament hosted by New Mexico Military.

Lady Wolverines play at Ruidoso - Texico's girls opened their golf season on Thursday with a tournament at The Links in Ruidoso. The Lady Wolverines were the only full squad in the event.

Senior Grace McDaniel led Texico with a round of 44-41 - 85, followed by seniors Emily Delarosa (43-47 - 90) and Libby Douma (47-50 - 97) and freshman Liz Elam (58-53 - 113).

Texico's next outing is on Wednesday in a tournament at Lovington.


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