Reed Kellam, Jordan Kinlaw, Cypress Hayunga and Reilly Kinlaw
Santa Fe Prep boys qualified for state in three relays; Santa Fe High qualifies twice; impressive showing from Griffin junior Riley Kinlaw
Team title won by Demons with their depth holding off second place Los Lunas in weekend event
By ARNIE LESHIN
Not only did the Santa Fe Prep boys qualify for state in yet another relay, but in the 200 medley, they reeled in the Santa Fe High quartet.
In addition, not only did the Demons earn a qualifying berth in the medley by finishing second to the Griffins, but they also swam a state-qualifying time of 3:39.71 in winning the 400 freestyle relay at the weekend meet hosted by Santa Fe High at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center.
There wasn't a single qualifier for the girls, but some of them have already qualified from previous meets. As for the boys, it was a one-two in the 100 freestyle that qualified victorious Prep junior Riley Kinlaw and Demons' junior Luke Shankin.
Kinlaw turned in a time of 50.84 and Shankin also made it in with a 51.25 clocking. The two also swam legs on their relay teams in preparing for the weekend districts, the last chance to qualify for the state championships.
"The boys have qualified now in all three relays," said Griffins' head coach Dave Caldwell, "and we hope for a strong showing at districts."
The Prep foursome was comprised of sophomore Jordan Kinlaw, junior Cypress Hayunga, sophomore Reed Kellam, and Riley Kinlaw, who is having yet another impressive season in the pool.
For Santa Fe High in the medley, it was junior Brad Moffett, senior Mateo Martinez, sophomore Gergo Fusti-Molnar, and Shankin.
The two schools didn't stop there, for the Griffins also took first in the 200 freestyle, with sophomore Vineet Narayann, junior Cameron Mathis, and the Kinlaw brothers, Jordan and Riley, with a time of 1:49.91.
And in the 400 freestyle relay, it was the state-qualifying Demons going with Moffett, Martinez, Fusti-Molnar, and Shankin.
For the second straight week, the 1-meter dive belonged to Martinez, a versatile athlete who had a score of 247.05. Martinez was also on both relay teams that qualified for state. He also competes in cross country and track and field.
In the 100 freestyle, it was Hayunga and Jordan Kinlaw taking the first two places, Hayunga winning in 23:89 and Kinlaw right behind in 24:32. In rhe 100 butterfly, Fusti-Molnar won by turning in a time of 1:00.66.
The 100 backstroke went to Moffett in 1:00.45, and in the 100 breaststroke it was another triumph for Fusti-Molnar in 1:10.55.
In the team scoring, it was the Demons on top with 464 points, 21 better than runner-up Los Lunas. Third with 210 points was the Griffins, Desert Academy was fourth with 132, then came St. Michael's with 65 and Valencia with 43.
The District 1 competition will have Santa Fe High, Santa Fe Prep, Desert Academy, St. Michael's, Farmington, Piedra Vista, Taos, Miyamura, Gallup, and Los Alamos.
This is one of four districts leading up to the Feb. 17-18 state championships at Albuquerque Academy.