FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista's 400-yard freestyle relay team qualified for state on Saturday and helped PV top Farmington during the Dual in the Pool at the Farmington Aquatic Center.
The team of Morgan Miller, Bella Danek, Maegen Tso and Kathleen Ketchum clocked in at 4 minutes and 1.05 seconds. PV and Farmington coach Kristi Lucero said she gave those four girls a break from trying to qualify for the 200-yard relay, which they have narrowly failed to do in the previous two meets.
The girls and boys swam against each other in many of the Dual in the Pool meets, and Lucero believes that gave the 400-yard team a little added motivation.
"They really laid it all out on the line to qualify that," Lucero said. "Because it was a dual meet and it's just us two, they raced against the boys, which I think helped push them a little bit. It was a fun race to watch."
The Lady Panthers' point total of 497, compared to Farmington's 189, helped PV win the dual 766-517.
Farmington's Trenton Grossheim was his usual dominant self on Saturday, finishing first in both the 50-yard and 500-yard freestyle events. He was also the third leg on the Scorpions' 200-yard medley relay team that placed first. Also helping that squad to victory was Marshall Magnuson, Ethan Larson and Tyler Duncan.
Grossheim's big day helped Farmington salvage one victory as the Scorps topped PV 328-269 in the boys rankings.
"He's just a tough kid, a very natural swimmer," Lucero said of Grossheim. "He has a really beautiful talent, and it's fun to be able to watch him. He really leads those FHS boys."
The PV boys received strong efforts from Richie Gibbons III, who won the 100-yard freestyle, and Sam Christensen, who took first in the 100-yard backstroke.
Ben VanOtteson won the boys diving event, and Farmington's Claire Madera took first in the girls dive.
Mishael Isaacson stood out for the Lady Scorps by winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time that was 31 seconds faster than runner-up Hali Fine of Piedra Vista.
Next week, the two Farmington schools will be in Albuquerque for the AP Mini Invite, hosted by Volcano Vista at the West Mesa Aquatic Center. Lucero said she'd like her teams to place well in Albuquerque, but that won't be an easy task against a competitive field of schools with large rosters. Improving individually is what the coach said she's shooting for next weekend.
"We're focusing more on getting (personal records) on their individual swims," Lucero said. "It's hard to compete number-wise with some of those schools, but we're looking for some good individual swims again this week."
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