The Farmington and Piedra Vista swimming teams had solid finishes at the Panther-Scorpion Invitational as the teams work toward their district and state meets.

The FHS boys placed second and girls took fifth, while the PV girls finished third and the boys finished fourth on Saturday at the Farmington Aquatic Center.

"Everything went well. It was a great indicator of what we can do at the state meet," said FHS and PV head coach Mike Ortiz.

Maria Madera, junior for the Lady Scorps, qualified for the state meet in two events, the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

Madera placed second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.71 seconds and finished second in the 100-yard backstroke 1:05.10.

"Maria has been really working of her kicking," Ortiz said. "She's been working on using that to compliment her stroke. We've changed her workouts to kick more."

PV senior Kerstin Ortiz qualified for state in the 50-freestyle, finishing just ahead of Madera with a time of 26.57 to win the event.

"Kerstin has been doing a lot of weight training with her track coach," Mike Ortiz said. "So her running has been a good compliment to her swimming workouts."

Senior Devon Chee-Arviso won two events for the Lady Panthers, claiming the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle titles.

FHS sophomore Nathan Isaacson won the 100-yard breaststroke for the Scorps with a time of 1:13.37.

Tyler Cothern came out on top of the 50-yard freestyle for PV with a time of 25.


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Panthers' sophomore Ammon Seavey won the boys diving competition, while Lady Scorps' freshman Raimi Clark claimed the girls diving title.

Sandia Prep won the boys and girls titles at the meet.

FHS and PV will be off until their district meet on Feb. 15-16 at the Farmington Aquatic Center.

"Right now, we're going to build up their strokes," Ortiz said of his teams. "We're going to get them more rest and get more specific with their individual workouts."