PV and FHS girls teams look good in Albuquerque
Trenton Grossheim shines with two first-place finishes
FARMINGTON — Against a competitive field of more than 20 schools, the Piedra Vista and Farmington swim teams got a good gauge of what district will be like while swimming at this weekend's two-day Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
Both girls teams stepped up as PV took 10th with 206 points and FHS placed 15th with 100 points among 23 of the top schools from around the state. The diving portion of the invite took place Friday, while the swimming events were held Saturday.
The Lady Panthers have been a force at every meet they've swam in this season, with the Lady Scorpions usually considerably behind them in the standings. So Farmington cracking the top 15 caught the eye of PV and FHS coach Kristi Lucero.
"The Farmington girls, they keep chipping away at those times," Lucero said. "We changed up the order a bit, and that helped their relay teams. We're playing with that order to see what will be the best fit for those girls. That was the best week the (200-yard) medley relay team has swam thus far. They're just coming together as a relay team."
The FHS 200-yard medley team of Clair Madera, Mishael Isaacson, Jadyn Curry and MaLeah Isaacson was 17th. PV's team of Morgan Miller, Sheala Moffitt, Bella Danek and Kathleen Ketchum placed fifth.
Trenton Grossheim guided the Farmington boys to an eighth-place standing by taking first in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle. He was also the first leg of Farmington's 200-yard freestyle relay team, which came in third.
"When you put him up against competition like that, he really is driven to win," Lucero said of Grossheim. "He really is just tenacious. His main goal for this season was to win the 50-yard freestyle at every meet he's swam in, and so far he's been successful in doing that."
The PV boys were shorthanded and had to settle for 21st out of 25 schools. Lucero said only two male divers and one male swimmer were able to make the trip for the Panthers.
PV and Farmington will face another stiff test on Friday and Saturday at the Griffin Invitational in Santa Fe.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.