Farmington >> The Four Corners Aquatic team hosted its annual club swimming meet on Friday and Saturday.
Around 80 swimmers participated in the meet, said meet director Mike Ortiz.
"Every summer we host the club meet," Ortiz said. "The meet gives kids an opportunity to swim and improve their times."
Ortiz, who is also the head coach of the Piedra Vista and Farmington High School teams, said the club team consists of an 18-and-under team and a masters team with swimmers ranging in age from 18 to their late 60s.
"Everybody swam to their expectations," Ortiz said.
Among those swimming were three former high school swimmers from Farmington, currently competing in college at the Division I level, swam in the meet.
2009 FHS graduate Chris Riley, 2012 FHS graduate Paul Chiha and 2012 PV graduate Natasha Moffitt all participated.
Riley competes for UNLV, Chiha swims for California State-Bakersfield and Moffitt is a member of San Jose State.
"It's a mix," Ortiz said swimmer's abilities in the group. "We have had significant growth in our 12-and-under group and we're trying to continue building in all areas."
The meet drew teams from Los Lunas, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho to compete with the Farmington swimmers.
"We're trying to get others more involved with it, and we want this to be a meet where most teams in New Mexico will come and compete," Ortiz said.
Ortiz is also eyeing growth from outside the state as well.
"Eventually, I'd like to draw more from the Four Corners," he said. "A lot of teams don't tend to venture outside of their state borders."
The club will hosting the 10-and-under state swimming competition July 20-21 at the Farmington Aquatic Center.
"We're expecting around 300 kids to come and compete," Ortiz said.
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