Good times at weekend state swim-dive championships for Griffins and Demons
Prep has its best team finish by placing 11th with 76 points at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium
By ARNIE LESHIN
After transferring from Desert Academy following his freshman year, Luke Shankin arrived at Santa Fe High realizing he'd have to sit out that season. Practice, yes, actual competition no.
But he didn't take off time from the pool. In the only sport he competes in, he worked hard to do well his first year as a Demon swimmer.
When it arrived, he came through with a stellar regular season, capping it by qualifying in three individual events and being a key member of the three SFHS relay teams at the state swimming-diving championships held this past weekend at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium.
"He's a fun guy, he works hard in practice," said long-time Santa Fe High head coach Theresa Hamilton, "and he had a real good state, coming away with personal best times, which made him very happy."
Skipping the 100-yard freestyle because it came too soon after the 100 butterfly, he was best in the fly with a seventh-place finish in 54.56. He raced the first lap in 25.59 and the last in 29.22.
In the grueling 500 freestyle, he settled for 11th place in the B final by swimming 5:06.56. He did his initial lap in 26:06 and turned in a 29.27 in the fourth lap.
He also anchored the Demons' 400 freestyle relay team to 12th place in the B final. They were timed in 3:31.74. In the 200 medley relay, Shankin put together a 22.75 last leg and the quartet clocked 1:48.65 for 13th place in the B final.
While SFHS finished 15th in the team scoring with 39 points, Santa Fe Prep did even better, compiling a best-ever 76 points for 11th place.
Showing the way for the Griffins was junior Riley Kinlaw. He qualified for two individual events, and like Shankin, had more to do in the three relays.
In the 100 breaststroke, Kinlaw finished in sixth place in 1:00.34. His opening lap was 28.24, and he closed in 32.12.
In the 200 individual medley, he took seventh in 2:00.13. He went 25.26 and 25.15 in the event's four different races.
His brother, Jordan, a sophomore at Prep, was also in the IM finals and finished 12th in the B race in 2:09.71. He had a 27.10 starting lap.
In the relays, the Griffins placed sixth in the 200 freestyle in 1:32.06. Riley Kinlaw's second leg of 22.06 was his team's fastest. He teamed with juniors Reed Kellam and Cypress Hayunga, and his brother Jordan.
In the 200 medley, it was a ninth place in the B final in 1:43.43, four spots ahead of Santa Fe High, with Riley racing a third leg of 23.73 and Kellam going 23.67 on the anchor.
Along with Shankin, the Demons' foursome was comprised of junior Brad Moffett, senior Mateo Martinez, and sophomore Gergo Fusti-Molnar.
Moffett qualified for state in the 50 and 100 freestyle, but his preliminary times did not get him into the finals. Same with Prep junior Hayunga, who made it to state in the 50 freestyle, but did not gain the finals.
But it was still a good weekend for the Griffin and Demon boys.
"We have an 8th grader, Brady Tetty, and a junior, Luc Duzharme," said Hamilton, "who we expect to do well, plus there's Luke, Brad and Gergo, so we're looking good."
The Prep doesn't lose much either. Head coach Dave Caldwell can expect the Kinlaw brothers, Hayunga, and Kellam back in the pool.