Farmington boys place 12th out of 27 schools; Piedra Vista girls nab 15th out of 23
FARMINGTON — Trenton Grossheim set a goal for himself before the swimming season began, and that was to finish first in every 50-yard freestyle event he swam in.
Today, at the 2017 NMAA Swimming and Diving Championship meet in Albuquerque, Grossheim was able to say he accomplished that goal by earning a state title in the event.
Farmington's standout senior closed his high school career in style by also placing third in the 100-yard butterfly. After the meet, which started with preliminaries on Friday and finished with the finals today, Grossheim said he felt like reality had yet to sink in.
"Dang, it feels awesome," Grossheim said. "It hasn't really hit me. I still feel like I have to get back to the hotel, wake up tomorrow and swim again."
Grossheim didn't even compete in the 50-freestyle last year, and a strange time management issue caused him to be disqualified from swimming in the 100-butterfly. But he finally put that tumultuous weekend behind him with today's performance.
Farmington and Piedra Vista swim coach Kristi Lucero said it was a joy to see Grossheim's fantastic career culminate with a pair of top-three individual finishes.
"It's got to be kind of surreal for him," Lucero said. "When you've been swimming so long, and you set your goals, and you finally achieve them, it's always an incredible feeling. For everything to come to fruition for him has just been incredible for all of us to witness."
Behind Grossheim, the FHS boys snagged 12th place out of 27 schools. A fifth-place diving result from Piedra Vista's Ben VanOtteson and a ninth-place score from Bodee DeWees lifted PV's boys to the 21st overall spot.
One the girls end, the Lady Panthers took 15th out of 23 schools while the Lady Scorps placed 22nd.
"Like I said all year, with the numbers we have, it's hard to score more points than the top schools," Lucero said, referring to PV's small roster. "But they all swam well. We ask them to give the best they have, and we saw them do that. It's all any coach can really ask for."
The best team placement on the day for the PV girls came during the 200-yard medley relay, where the combination of Morgan Miller, Sheala Moffitt, Emilee Lucero and Kathleen Ketchum took 13th.
Reflecting on the season shortly after the meet, Lucero said she felt lucky to be around the PV and FHS athletes for the 2016-2017 season.
"I just feel incredibly blessed to be a part of these kids' journeys," Lucero said. "Each one of them has a special place in my heart. They worked hard, and they're a great group of kids who have had a lot of fun."
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.