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PV, FHS honor Nephi Seavey in district tune-up

Farmington racks up highest point total in six-team meet

Jake Newby
jnewby@pnj.com
Piedra Vista's Dominique Tso competes in the 200-yard girls medley relay on Saturday during the Nephi Seavey Invitational at the Farmington Aquatic Center.

FARMINGTON — Emotions ran high on Friday and Saturday as the swimming teams from Piedra Vista and Farmington high schools hit the pool for the final time before the District 1-5A meet next week.

PV and Farmington competed in a six-team meet at the first Nephi Seavey Invitational at the Farmington Aquatic Center over the weekend. The name of the meet, previously called the PV Invitational, was changed this year to honor Seavey, a former Piedra Vista swimmer who died last year.

"I think it's important for these kids to remember what he was, which was a positive and great human being," PV coach Kristi Lucero said. "We're going to name this meet in his honor for as long as I'm the coach here. We're very grateful to his family for giving us permission to have this meet in his honor."

The Farmington swim team has gotten better throughout January, and that trend continued over the weekend when the Scorpions finished with the meet's highest combined point total, 655.5. The FHS girls and boys each placed second at the meet.

Trenton Grossheim is peaking at the right time for the Scorps. The junior followed up a fantastic showing last weekend in Santa Fe by placing first in four events, including two individually — the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley — this weekend.

Farmington's MaLeah Isaacson swims in the girls 200-yard freestyle on Saturday during the Nephi Seavey Invitational at the Farmington Aquatic Center.

The Lady Scorpions, who finished 52 points behind Piedra Vista's girls, went without a first-place finish in any event, but stocked up on second-place finishes. The FHS 200-yard medley relay teams of JJ Curry, Mishael Isaacson, Raimi Clark and Kayla Farnsworth, along with Claire Madera, MaLeah Isaacson, Mariah Waite and Michalina Homka, took second and third in that event.

FHS coach Nancy Pinckley said her teams accomplished their mission of taking another step forward, and the next step is to qualify more swimmers in the district meet.

"Times were better this weekend because we were in our own venue, in our own pool. So it was another good meet," Pinckley said. "But right now, we only have four swimmers, two divers and one alternate who have qualified, so we'd like to have more than that by next week."

Like all season, the Lady Panthers were paced by Dominique Tso, Sheala Moffitt, Emilee Lucero, Kathleen Ketchum and Morgan Miller.

Tso, Moffitt, Lucero and Ketchum won the 200-yard medley relay by finishing nearly three full seconds faster than the closest FHS team.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Miller, Lucero, Ketchum and Tso also took first.

Lucero said she thought all of her swimmers — including the boys, who nabbed fourth place — were motivated to perform at a high level in Seavey's honor.

"We didn't have our best outing last week in Santa Fe, but I think we got the bad swim out of the way," she said. "The heart they showed (this weekend) was incredible. They honored Nephi in a very special way by stepping up and giving their hearts, which is exactly what I asked them to do. They all did their jobs."

Piedra Vista swimming coach Kristi Lucero presents an award and receives a hug from Brian Seavey, the father of Nephi Seavey, on Saturday during the Nephi Seavey Invitational at the Farmington Aquatic Center. Nephi Seavey, a former Piedra Vista swimmer, died last year.

The District 1-5A meet will take place at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe. The preliminary meets will be Friday, and the diving events and swimming finals will take place Saturday.

Jake Newby covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.