LL, Valencia swim teams to host meet at Isleta rec center

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Results from the Academy Invitational on Saturday followed along historical lines, but it should be easier for Los Lunas and Valencia High swimmers this coming week.

They host the Tiger-Jaguar Invitational at the Isleta Recreation Center pool this Saturday.

The Los Lunas girls finished 14th in the loaded field at Academy, while Valencia finished 17th. Host Academy took the titles for both boys and girls.

The LLHS boys had high-enough finishes in only four events to post 60 team points, finishing 14th. There were no new state qualifiers for either school.

The competition will be vastly different at this Saturday's 9 a.m. meet. Last year, St. Pius, Socorro, Gallup, Hope Christian, Santa Fe and Capital competed.

There is no charge for admission to the meet, which is a state-qualifying meet.

At Academy, Los Lunas girls relay teams posted a majority of the points for the Tigers. The team of Alex Peasley, Andrea Sena, Jolene Martinez and Shaynae Williams finished 21st in the Medley Relay, posting a time of 2:33.48.

The 200-meter freestyle relay team of Marissa and Miranda Candelaria, Josetta De La Torre and Faron Gomez took 17th, while the 400-meter freestyle relay team of Marissa Candelaria, Gomez, Martinez and De La Torre finished 14th.

Marissa Candelaria scored in two events, placing 15th in the 200-meter individual medley and 12th in the 100-meter backstroke.

Gomez placed 18th in the 200-meter freestyle and 12th in the 500-meter freestyle. Martinez finished 21st in the 100-meter butterfly.

The Valencia girls got points in the 100-meter freestyle from Jensen Hatch's 23rd place finish and in the 100-meter breaststroke, with Morgan Cook finishing 21st.

Ryan Lupi led the Tiger boys effort with a sixth place finish in the 200 individual medley and taking 11th place in the 100-meter butterfly.

Andrew Brads placed 17th in the 100-meter breaststroke and Mitchell Lupi placed 15th in the 500- meter freestyle.


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