FARMINGTON — The Farmington and Piedra Vista boys and girls swimming teams had great showings at the District 1 swimming meet this weekend in Santa Fe.
The squads combined for 18 top-three finishes at the meet, had five individuals capture district titles and set two new district meet records.
"We talked a lot about just having fun. You perform a lot better when you enjoy what you're doing and when you have passion for what you're doing," PV and FHS coach Kristi Lucero said. "I really wanted them to enjoy themselves. Our goals for Friday were to make the finals, and we had a lot of (personal records) during the prelims. Then, on Saturday, so many of them reached their individual goals."
Between the two teams, 26 athletes went to the meet, and when the meet ended Saturday afternoon, 25 had scored points for their team.
As a team, the Lady Panthers place second, recording 303 points. Farmington was sixth with 168 points.
On the boys side, Farmington finished fourth with 176 points, just ahead of the Panthers in fifth with 148.
The Los Alamos girls and boys won the team titles, collecting 560 and 550 points, respectively.
For the boys, Farmington’s Marshall Magnuson and Trenton Grossheim cleaned up.
Grossheim won the 100-yard butterfly and the 50 freestyle while Magnuson won the 100 freestyle and was second behind Grossheim in the 50 freestyle. The two were also part of the Scorps’ third-place relay teams in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle.
Grossheim's wins in the 100 fly and 50 free also set new district meet records.
The PV boys went one-two in the 1-meter diving event. Ben VanOtteson won the individual title with a score of 375.35, just ahead of Bodee DeWees’ 361.95.
Through the first six dives, DeWees held a slight lead on VanOtteson before VanOtteson stepped up in his final three dives to overtake his teammate.
The two have been competing with each other all season, and Lucero said the intersquad competition between the two has helped make them better divers.
"They're pretty good friends inside and outside of the pool. They definitely keep a healthy competition," Lucero said. "Ben really stepped up as a senior. As a senior, losing to someone who's a sophomore wasn't something Ben was willing to do."
PV’s Morgan Miller brought back the only individual title for the girls teams, winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.60, 1.49 seconds ahead of second place.
Lucero said there were a number of girls who had their best performances of the season at the meet.
Farmington's Mishael Issacson and JJ Curry, and PV's Emilee Lucero all cut time off of their person bests to score points.
The teams will get a couple of weeks to prepare for the state meet Feb. 17-18 in Albuquerque.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.