Tso, VanOtteson lead PV past Farmington
Lady Panthers outscore Lady Scorps 513-332
FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista swimming teams avenged a Dec. 12 loss to Farmington on Saturday by winning the PV/FHS Duals 652-596 at the Farmington Aquatic Center.
PV senior captain Dominique Tso led all individuals with 40 points, helping the Lady Panthers earn a decisive 513-332 score over the FHS girls.
The contributions of Tso, junior Sheala Moffitt (37 points) and freshman Emilee Lucero (37 points) were critical for PV because its shorthanded boys team fell 264-139.
"Dominique, of course, has been our standout pretty much all year," PV coach Kristi Lucero said of Tso. "She's such a hard worker and being the captain of the team it's perfect because she leads them by example. She gives 110 percent, just like we ask of her."
Tso, Moffitt, Lucero and Kathleen Ketchum scored a big win for the Lady Panthers in the 200-yard medley relay. They swam it 0.5 seconds faster than when they qualified for state in the same race back in early November.
"Those girls really gel as a relay team," coach Lucero said. "Sheala's a hard worker as well. She qualified for the 100-yard breaststroke. We've really talked a lot this week with Dominique and Sheala about where they want to go and swim after high school. We've talked to a couple colleges this week."
Coach Lucero said she thinks that 200-yard medley team can "rise to the occassion" and win at state.
Junior Ben VanOtteson almost always sits at the top of the standings because he picks up diving points in addition to swimming points, and Saturday was no different. He led all boy scorers with 52 points, 12 more than second place.
After VanOtteson, the next three placers on the boys side were all from Farmington: Trenton Grossheim (40), Marshall Magnuson (40) and Jebadiah Pinckley (37).
Magnuson took first in both the boys 100 and 200-yard freestyle events.
Coming into Saturday, neither team had competed in a qualifying meet since Farmington edged PV in the Dec. 12 Scorpion Invitational.
Scorpions coach Nancy Pinckley said her team, missing 11 swimmers for various reasons, just had a harder time shaking off the rust than the Panthers did.
"A lot of them didn't get their fastest time, like the girls in the 500 yards," Pinckley said. "Yesterday was not a fast meet for them. I know our kids can swim so much better."
Mishael Isaacson and Raimi Clark kept pace with Moffitt and Lucero of PV by registering 37 points apiece individually.
Isaacson won the girls 50-yard freestyle event, while Clark cleaned up in the diving competition with a first-place total of 193 points.
As they tune up for districts and state, both Farmington schools will swim next at the Academy Invite in Albuquerque on Friday and Saturday.
Pinckley said she's looking forward to preparing her team for the 10-school invite.
"It's going to be a great meet. We hope to have four strong, productive practices leading up to it," she said. "We want to make a good show, both boys and girls."
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.