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Lady Scorps lead Farmington past Piedra Vista

FHS wins dual meet by outscoring PV 358 to 272 overall

Jake Newby
jnewby@pnj.com

FARMINGTON — The Lady Scorpion swim team racked up 237 points in a dual meet between Farmington and Piedra Vista on Saturday, propelling FHS to victory at the Farmington Aquatic Center.

Farmignton High School's Kayla Farnsworth swims in the girls 50-yard freestyle on Saturday in a dual meet against Piedra Vista at the Farmington Aquatic Center.

Combined, the Farmington teams totaled 358 points to PV's 272. The FHS girls outscored the Lady Panthers by a wide margin, 237 to 156. Farmington needed that cushion, as its boys edged PV's boys 121-116.

Farmington had an advantage of 29 swimmers to just 15 for PV.

FHS coach Nancy Pinckley said she was happy to score the win, but was just as pleased to see the PV swimmers perform well.

"My goal this year is to bring the walls down and stop the venom between these two sister schools," FHS coach Nancy Pinckley said. "When they're on those blocks, competition is on. But it's a healthy competition. Yeah, someone's going to win, someone's going to lose, but we were all cheering for each other."

The Lady Panthers took first in eight of the 11 girls events on Saturday, but their smaller roster led to the Lady Scorps score more points with more swimmers placing after first in those events.

FHS' girls took care of business in the girls 200-yard medley relay by placing the top two teams in the event. Jadyn Curry, Mishael Isaacson, Raimi Clark and Kayla Farnsworth took first with a time of two minutes and 11.37 seconds. Their teammates Iris Partida, Maleah Isaacson, Mariah Waite and Zoe Pinckley made up the second team, which finished in second at 2:30.20.

Maleah Isaacson also took first in the 500-yard freestyle and second in the 100-yard breastroke to further contribute to Farmington's hefty girls point total.

"Our whole year is based on taking seconds off. We're determined to keep taking seconds off, week by week," coach Pinckley said. "Our girls are competing with each other every day, pushing each other. And that's what they need, is iron sharpening iron."

Dominique Tso continued her stellar start to the season by earning first in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. Freshman Morgan Miller also had a big day, taking first in the 100-yard backstroke and leading the 200 and 400-yard PV freestyle teams to victory.

PV coach Kristi Lucero said she's excited about Miller's potential.

"Morgan is a great, all-around swimmer," she said. "She can do everything. She's a great asset to our team and we're really looking forward to having her here all four years."

Marshall Magnuson was solid for the FHS boys, taking first in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle events. The sophomore also helped the Farmington 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley teams snatch first.

Ben VanOtteson and Sam Christensen stood out for PV on the boys side. VanOtteson qualified for state in diving, while Christensen placed first in the 100-yard backstroke. He couldn't even swim backstroke at the start of the season, according to Lucero.

Piedra Vista's Emilee Lucero does the breast stroke on Saturday during the 200- yard medley in a dual meet against Farmington at the Farmington Aquatic Center.

Though only six Panther boys competed Saturday, they still pushed Farmington to the brink. Lucero said she's been proud of the boys' effort.

"We've been pleased with our boys' numbers every time out," she said. "The point totals that they keep bringing in are very impressive."

Farmington and PV meet again on Friday at a non-qualifying meet. The teams will get to relax a bit and have fun at the Reindeer Romp relay meet, back at the Farmington Aquatic Center.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and jnewby@daily-times.com. Follow him @JakeNewby07 on Twitter.