Lady Panthers land in third at APS Mini Invite

Morgan Miller wins 100-yard backstroke, qualifies for state

Jake Newby

FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista girls swim team looked good after nearly a month-long layoff, earning third place out of eight schools at Saturday's APS New Year Mini Invite hosted by Cibola High School in Albuquerque.


Farmington's girls were sixth, and only 3 points out of fifth behind Valley High School. In the boys standings, the Scorpions were fifth, and the Panthers landed in the eighth and final slot.

The Lady Panthers were guided by two individual first-place finishes from Sheala Moffitt in the 100-yard breaststroke and Morgan Miller in the 100-yard backstroke. Miller qualified for state with her first-place time of one minute and 5.29 seconds, which was 0.70 seconds faster than second place Sophia Kenny from Albuquerque High School.

PV and Farmington swim coach Kristi Lucero said Moffitt and Miller have been dependable all season long, and Saturday was no different.

"Sheala and Morgan both are competitors," Lucero said. "There were some great girls in each of the races, and they both fought hard to get the win."

Both PV and FHS have had the last two weekends off for Christmas and New Year's, and the week before that, they decided to skip the first APS Mini Invite on Dec. 17, hosted by Volcano Vista, because of dangerous weather conditions.

Considering Dec. 10 was the last time either team swam competitively, Lucero said she was upbeat about PV's third-place finish.

"I am proud of the work they've put in to this point of the season," Lucero said. "They really showed up and swam hard."

Trenton Grossheim continued to show he's one of the most talented swimmers in the state by earning first in the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle and by serving as the last leg of Farmington's first-place 200-yard freestyle relay team.

On Jan. 13-14, PV and FHS will compete in their first two-day invitational since the opening week of the season in Carlsbad when they swim in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational at Albuquerque Academy High School.

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