1. A happy Santa Fe Prep sophomore Jordan Kinlaw after winning 200 individual medley.
2. Santa Fe High senior Mateo Martinez set to dive into GCCC pool.
3. Demons' Mateo Martinez doing backward flip.
4. St. Michael's Alexis Gallegos was runner-up in the 1-meter dive.
5. Demons' Brad Moffett after finishing second in 100 freestyle.
6. First place in the 200 freestyle went to Santa Fe High's Luke Shankin.
7. Griffins' Jordan Kinlaw wins 200 individual medley.
Prep junior Riley Kinlaw qualifies for five individual events for weekend's state swim-dive championships
Santa Fe High junior Luke Shankin qualified for four, he and Kinlaw on three relay teams
By ARNIE LESHIN
Photos by June Dickinson
Riley Kinlaw has taken the same path as last year to the state swimming championships.
Again, the Santa Fe Prep junior has qualified in five individual events and is a key member of the three Griffin relay teams that qualified for this weekend's states at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium. Again, he and head coach Dave Caldwell must decide where Kinlaw might do best in the individuals and where he will be for the relays.
Not much easier for Santa Fe High junior Luke Shankin. The Demons have also qualified in three relays and he's a qualifier in four individual events. Not nearly as tough a dilemma for junior teammate Brad Moffett and senior Mateo Martinez.
Moffett will be in the 100 freestyle, and Martinez will be in the 1-meter dive, so they should be able to swim the relays.
These relays are the 200-yard freestyle, the 400 freestyle, and the 200 medley and all of them have swam with all three, and are very important if any of these foursomes have plans to step onto the podium.
The District 1 championships held this past weekend at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center was good to them, but not so much for the girls from Prep, Santa Fe High and St. Michael's, although each one had at least one qualifier.
Those that qualified include Demonettes' senior Cheyenne Garcia, who had qualified for four events last time. Now she's qualified for the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. She has the 9th fastest time of 1:10.87 in the breast and the 34th best in the IM with a 2:23.43.
But she doesn't have to be concerned about the relays because Santa Fe High didn't qualify in any.
In the 1-meter dive, St. Michael's senior Alexis Gallegos took second at districts (206.40) and senior teammate Amaia Bracamontes placed ninth (173.80) and also qualified. Can't forget Lady Horsemen junior Jacqueline Hay who finished second in the 200 backstroke in 1:05.09 and advanced to state.
Santa Fe Prep sophomore Arielle Nathan rounds out the girls from the Santa Fe area by qualifying in the 200 IM after coming in second at districts in 2:25.00.
As for the boys, Riley Kinlaw and his younger brother, Jordan, a sophomore, are half of the relay quartets, and Jordan has also qualified for the 200 IM that he won at districts in 2:13.99.
But Riley has more than he can be eligible to compete in when you can swim only two individual events and two relays. In the individual events, he has qualified for the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle, the 100 butterfly, the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM.
At districts, he won the 50 free in 23:13, with Shankin second in 23:33. It was the same one-two finish for them in the 100 free. Kilmer timed 50:84 and Shankin 51.25. Also qualifying here was Moffett, who came in third in 51:43. Riley is 23rd, Shankin 29th and Moffett 25th in the line up for state.
The winner of the 200 free was Shankin in 1:52.47 and he is 16th in fastest times. In the 500 free Shankin qualified in 5:09.17 and has the 11th fastest.
In the 100 fly, Riley made it in with a best of 56:77 and is 14th in the seedings.
As for the relay teams, the Griffins lead the Demons in all three qualifying times.
In the medley, Prep owns a best of 1:47.59 and Santa Fe High 1:50.05. In the 200 freestyle, Prep's fastest is 1:30.14 and SFHS has gone 1:38.00. In the 400 freestyle, it's the Griffins timed in 3:37.22 and the Demons in 3:39.73.
The way it appears based on times and positions, Shankin might do best in the 500 free, while Riley might choose the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke.
It's all based on how far back their own times are from the leading times. It one of them can land on the podium, that would be a great reward for having such a fine campaign.
As for the district team scoring, the Los Alamos girls certainly dominated by winning nine of the 11 events. Santa Fe High and Piedra Vista each had a winner. The Hilltoppers took the first four spots in the 200 freestyle and finished one-two in the 400 freestyle relay, the 100 butterfly, and the 400 freestyle relay.
They came away with 560 points, way ahead of runner-up Piedra Vista's 303. Third with 252 was the Demonettes, fourth with 241 was Prep, fifth with 174 was St. Michael's, while Farmington (168), Miyamura (81) and Taos (70) completed the scoring.
Los Alamos' boys weren't as dominating, but still put together 550 points to make it a sweep. Second was Prep with 347, the Demons collected 239, Farmington scored 176, Piedra Vista 148, Miyamura 129, Taos 109, St. Michael's 80, and Desert Academy 73.
The Hilltoppers, the Griffins and Farmington won three events apiece, and SFHS and Piedra Vista one each.
This weekend it's everybody into the pool to conclude the season.