Santa Fe High senior Cheyenne Garcia has chance to add to her two state qualifying berths after Demonettes win team title
SFHS came away with six wins that included three relays with the same quartet, St. Michael's junior Jacqueline Hay wins twice, Lady Horsemen sweep the 1-meter dive
By ARNIE LESHIN
Santa Fe High senior Cheyenne Garcia has already qualified for state in two events, but came up short in adding some more at the weekend Santa Fe High Invitational at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center.
A qualifier for state in four events last year, she heads for the weekend District 1 competition with state qualifying times of 1:10.87 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:23.71 in the 200 individual medley.
Two other girls in the Santa Fe area have qualified, both in the 1-meter dive, with the districts the last chance to advance to the Feb. 17-18 state championships at Albuquerque Academy.
But the host Demonettes did well as a team in finishing first with a whooping 475 points, far ahead of second place Los Lunas, which scored 262. Third went to St. Michael's with 249, next came Santa Fe Prep with 146, Valencia scored 126, and Desert Academy had 45.
Santa Fe High pieced together its totals by winning six events. One was the 200 freestyle relay with Garcia turning in a 27.51 anchor leg. Proceeding her were junior Ramona Park, junior Nina Wickert, and sophomore Arrika Duran. They turned in a time of 1:59.34.
Garcia also took the 100 butterfly in 1:11.50, with a best lap of 33.43. The 200 freestyle went to Duran in 2:15.43 and her fastest lap was 31:23. Then there was sophomore Marian Lujan taking first in the grueling 500 freestyle in the time of 6:32.72, with her best lap being 33.04.
The Demonettes also won both the 400 freestyle relay in 4:19. 20 and the 200 medley relay in 2:08.24, both foursomes comprised of Park, Garcia, Duran and Wickert. In the freestyle race, Duran began with a 31:43 opening leg, In the medley, it was Park turning in a first leg of 32:35 and Wickert anchored in 28:21.
St. Michael's junior Jacqueline Hay won twice, taking the 50 freestyle with a clocking of 27:90 and the 100 backstroke in 1:06.98. Her top lap in the breaststroke was in 32:33.
The Lady Horsemen also had the 1-meter winner in senior Alexis Gallegos, and she and second place teammate Amaia Bracamontes have qualified for state in the event. Gallegos' score was 209.85 and Bracamontes' was 2:04.35.
St. Michael's also finished third in the dive with senior Christina Patsalls (160.50) and fourth with sophomore Casey Lakatos (129.50).
Then there was Santa Fe Prep freshman Arielle Nathan winning the 200 individual medley in the time of 2:28.32, and doing the third leg in 41.82.
Next is the weekend District 1 competition. Joining SFHS, Prep, Desert Academy and St. Michael's are Los Alamos, Taos, Farmington, Gallup Piedra Vista and Miyamura.
This is one of four districts leading up to the state championships.