PV, FHS land in the top three at Scorpion Invite

Farmington's Trenton Grossheim qualifies for the 100-yard freestyle

Jake Newby

FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista and Farmington swim teams represented their respective schools well during Saturday's home meet.


Cottonwood Classical, a private school from Albuquerque, swam to a first-place point total of 786 at the Scorpion Invitational. Behind Cottonwood was second-place PV with 682 and third-place FHS with 486.

Fourth-place Miyamura and Gallup, which finished in fifth, were the other two schools to partake in Saturday's meet at the Farmington Aquatic Center.

PV and FHS coach Kristi Lucero said her teams, which each had fewer swimmers than Cottonwood, had a nice overall day.

"When you have a home meet, of course you want to get the win, but when you have small teams, that's kind of the price that you pay sometimes," Lucero said. "You have good, quality swims, but you lose out on points. I think everybody that swam today showed up and really represented their schools and us coaches well."

Two weeks after qualifying twice in Los Lunas, Trenton Grossheim qualified for state in the 100-yard freestyle, doing so as the lead leg of the Scorpions' 400-yard freestyle relay squad. Lucero said the lead-off leg of a race can receive a qualifying time, and that's just what the senior did.

Grossheim, Christian Jones, Ethan Larson and Marshall Magnuson took first in the 400, thanks largely to Grossheim's fast start.

The Lady Panthers' 200-yard freestyle relay team was nine-tenths of a second short of qualifying for state two weeks ago, and despite a personnel shakeup on Saturday, the unit still failed to punch its ticket to state.

"It's been a little bit more elusive than we thought it would be thus far," Lucero said, of qualifying the team for state.

Maegen Tso was the new swimmer added to the mix, joining Bella Danek, Morgan Miller and Kathleen Ketchum. The PV team still finished first in the event.

Next on the schedule for PV and Farmington is another home meet next week, when the two schools duke it out with only each other in the PVHS/FHS Dual in the Pool at the Farmington Aquatic Center. Lucero said she'll be keeping a close eye on how the girls on each team fare during that meet.

"There's a couple PV girls and Farmington girls that are very close to getting cut times," Lucero said. "So just approaching the mental aspects of our swims and how we go out and attack it will be key."

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