Grossheim breaks three district records for FHS

PV and Farmington girls place in the top five at district

Jake Newby
jnewby@pnj.com

FARMINGTON — Trenton Grossheim rose to the occasion for the Farmington swimming team on Saturday at the District 1 championships in Santa Fe.

Farmington's district-record breaking 200-yard freestyle team of Marshall Magunson (far left), Jebediah Pinckley, Trenton Grossheim and Ethan Larson pose for a photo on Saturday at the District 1 championships in Santa Fe.

The junior broke individual district records in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly. FHS also set a new district record in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Grossheim anchored the team, which also consisted of Marshall Magnuson, Jebediah Pinckley and Ethan Larson.

Grossheim's incredible day helped the Farmington boys take third out of 10 schools with 231 points. Piedra Vista's boys placed eighth.

The FHS girls were stellar as well, placing fourth out of 10 schools with a point total of 232.50. The Lady Scorpions were 42.5 points behind the PV girls, who finished in third. The Lady Panthers were once again paced by Dominique Tso, Emilee Lucero and Kathleen Ketchum.

The Scorpions competed with only eight male swimmers in Santa Fe but it was Grossheim's record-breaking performance that carried the squad to third place.

"There's really nothing like this feeling," Grossheim said. "People always tell me swimming isn't very fun, or it's not worth all the hard work. But days like this are what it's all about."

Grossheim's butterfly time was 53.72 seconds. He won the individual medley in two minutes and 6.53 seconds, which was nearly four minutes faster than the second-place finisher.

"I can't stay enough about Trenton," Scorpions coach Nancy Pinckley said. "He's worked so hard and so diligently. He's so coachable. He's a very humble kid too, just an amazing young man."

Pinckley was blown away by Grossheim's performance, but also heaped praise on to Magnuson for his gutsy effort.

"Marshall had to swim in three events, back-to-back-to-back, including that freestyle relay team that we got gold in," she said. "That took a lot of determination. Those were tough races."

The Lady Scorpion 200-yard freestyle relay team of Raimi Clark, Mishael Isaacson, Claire Madera and Kayla Farnsworth earned FHS some crucial points by taking second in that race. Clark also took first in the diving competition, with 17 more points than second place.

For PV, the team of Tso, Lucero, Ketchum and Sheala Moffitt was outstanding, edging Farmington's girls to take second place in the 200-yard medley relay. Tso finished in the top three in every race she competed in.

Every PV swimmer who swam in the preliminaries on Friday clinched a spot in Saturday's district championship meet. PV coach Kristi Lucero said couldn't have been prouder of both of her teams

"Every single one of them worked extremely hard throughout this season to be where they were," Lucero said of her team. "I'm just grateful for all the hard work, not only from the girls but from the boys, too."

PV will take five girls and two male divers to the state meet in two weeks. Farmington will bring 10 total swimmers to state, which will take place at Albuquerque Academy on Feb.19 and 20.

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