FHS boys relay team qualifies in Albuquerque

Scorpions 200-yard freestyle relay team punches their ticket for the state meet

Jake Newby

FARMINGTON — An odd and unsatisfying afternoon for the Piedra Vista and Farmington swim teams on Saturday at the Barney Relays in Albuquerque featured at least one bright spot.

The Farmington boys 200-yard freestyle relay team qualified for the state meet by placing second in the race with a time of 1 minute and 36.88 seconds. Marshall Magnuson, Ethan Larson Tyler Duncan and Trenton Grossheim represented the team.

But before that, the bus carrying both PV and FHS players broke down en route to Albuquerque, causing the teams to arrive to the Barney Relays an hour late.

"They delayed the start as much as they could, but still, the kids only had 10 minutes to warm up, so it was really hectic," said PV and FHS swim coach Kristi Lucero. "But it went pretty well, all things considered."

Out of the six schools that competed, the PV boys were sixth and the FHS boys took fifth. It was reversed on the girls end, as the Lady Panthers took fifth, while the Lady Scorpions were sixth.

Also hindering both squads on Saturday was the fact that five PV swimmers and one FHS swimmer missed the meet due to either injury or illness.

Luckily for both teams, the Barney Relays have traditionally served as more of a fun event without many state-playoff ramifications, according to Lucero.

"The Barney Relays are really a fun way to start off the season. There are no individual swims, and there are co-ed events and things like that," she said. "It's only relay swims. It's really our only meet like that."

Next week, PV and FHS will swim in the Second Annual Tiger-Jaguar Invitational in Los Lunas. Lucero is hopeful that some, if not all, of her injured or sick swimmers will return in time for the more competitive meet.

"We hope we can get (PV swimmer) Sheala Moffitt back, because this was the meet last year where she qualified for the 100-yard breaststroke," Lucero said. "We're looking, also, at Morgan Miller to get a 50-yard free(style) qualifying time."

The Tiger-Jaguar Invite will get going at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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