Grossheim swims well as the FHS boys nab fourth
FARMINGTON — The Farmington and Piedra Vista high schools' boys and girls swimming teams fared well over the weekend at the Bill Hudson Memorial Invite in Los Alamos.
The Farmington boys team tied Santa Fe High for fourth with 166 points, while the Lady Scorpions earned sixth with 149. The PV girls swam their way to a fourth-place finish and 194 points, and the boys earned ninth with 99 points. Eighteen boys teams and 15 girls teams competed in Los Alamos. The hosts placed first for both boys and girls.
Trenton Grossheim was a key reason the Scorpions placed in the top five. The junior earned a first-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley and took fifth in the 400-yard freestyle. His big day helped him qualify for state.
Also qualifying for state was Farmington's entire 200-yard freestyle relay team after it took third. The team was comprised of Grossheim, Jeb Pinckley, Marshall Magnuson and Tyler Duncan. Pinckley also took second in the boys 50-yard freestyle. He was just seven seconds away from first.
"Those boys work really hard," FHS coach Nancy Pinckley said. "Jeb (Pinckley) gains a lot of strength through weight training and cross training. He, Magnuson, Trenton (Grossheim), James Mrzlak and Tyler Duncan — they all just work really hard. They have great attitudes."
Highlighting the great outing for the Lady Panthers were Emilee Lucero and the team's top point-scorer, Dominique Tso. Tso took third in the 500-yard freestyle. She was also on PV's second-place 400-yard freestyle relay team and its fourth-place 200-yard freestyle relay team, along with Lucero, Kathleen Ketchum and Morgan Miller.
PV coach Kristi Lucero said Tso and Emilee Lucero have been training together and competing against each other for years.
"Since Dominique was 11 and Emilee was 8, they've been swimming on the same club team," coach Lucero said. "They're definitely very competitive with each other. They're probably the hardest working girls that we have on our team."
Emilee Lucero's third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley helped significantly with PV's high placing.
Kayla Farnsworth stood out for the Lady Scorpions. She took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle and 11th in the 100-yard backstroke. Raimi Clark took second among the eight competitors in the diving event.
In boys diving, Ben VanOtteson earned first out of four divers. VanOtteson, Richard Gibbons, Sam Christenson and Carlos Toney formed the Panthers 400-yard freestyle relay squad, which took second.
The Scorps and Panthers will face off in a dual meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Farmington Aquatic Center.
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