Juniors Riley Kinlaw, Santa Fe Prep, and Luke Shankin, Santa Fe High, lead teams in weekend swimming-diving state championships at Albuquerque Academy
Griffins and Demons in all three relays, Shankin qualifies in three individual events and the older Kinlaw in two
By ARNIE LESHIN
Santa Fe Prep, led by junior Riley Kinlaw, hopes to move up from last year's finishes at the state swimming-diving championships this weekend at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium.
In three events, the Griffins were among the consolation finalists, placing 11th in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 13th in the medley relay, and Kinlaw took 10th in the 100 breaststroke.
A year later, they have more experience with the return in the relays for Riley, his sophomore brother Jordan, junior Cypress Hayunga and sophomore Reed Kellam. This quartet has qualified in both those relays, as well as the 400 freestyle.
As for Riley, he's qualified in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Last season, he qualified in five, but was only eligible to swim two of them as well as the relays.
In the breaststroke, he comes in with a 1:02.53 qualifying time, just a bit behind his time of 1:01.19 last year, and seeded ninth in the field. In the individual, his best is 2:04.63 and he's seeded 13th.
Also in the IM is Santa Fe High junior Luke Shankin. He's the 16th seed and has qualified in 2:07.13. Shankin has also qualified in the 100 butterfly as a 10th seed with a best of 0:54.67, and in the grueling 500 freestyle seeded 12th and with a fastest clocking of 5:09.17.
Junior teammate Brad Moffett has made it in the 100 freestyle with a time of 0:51.43, but not high on the seeding list.
He also teams with the three Demon relay teams who join with the Griffins in all three. Also on the foursome is Shankin, sophomore Gergo Fusti-Molnar, and senior Mateo Martinez, who has also qualified for the 1-meter dive for the second straight year.
Martinez is seeded 13th, but will dive in the alphabetic order. He has a best of 200.20, but it's all new scores at state.
Jordan Kinlaw and Hayunga have also qualified in an individual event each. The younger Kinlaw in the individual medley with a best time of 2:13.99 and Hayunga in the 50 freestyle by qualifying in 0:23.69.
As for the relays, the Griffins and Demons will see a lot of each other. In the 200 medley,
Prep is the 11th seed and with a fastest time of 1:46.81, with Santa Fe High 16th in 1:50.75.
In the 200 freestyle, Prep is seeded 7th in 1:35.07, and the Demons as the 17th seed in 1:37.99.
In the 400 freestyle, the final event, the Griffins have their best of 3:37.22 and is the 13th seed, while Santa Fe High is 16th and with its fastest clocking of 3:39.73.
In the medley, Albuquerque La Cueva has the top time of 1:36.56. In the 200 freestyle, it's also La Cueva with a 3:13.87, and in the 400 freestyle, Albuquerque Eldorado's time of 1:29.98 is the fastest.