La Cueva Girls, Albuquerque Academy Boys Earn Titles at 2016 New Mexico State High School Championships

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The La Cueva girls and Albuquerque Academy boys took home the 2016 New Mexico State High School Championships.

Girls

La Cueva claimed the girls title with 291 points, just ahead of El Dorado’s second-place 286.  Albuquerque Academy (232), Los Alamos (218) and Clovis (205) finished third through fifth.

Los Alamos’ Sarah Lott posted a state-record 1:49.29 to win the 200-yard free. Lott doubled with a 50.20 to win the 100-yard free.

Volcano Vista’s Zofia Niemczak earned the 200-yard IM title in 2:07.13. Niemczak doubled up with a state-record 55.21 in the 100-yard fly.

La Cueva’s Natalie Jones won the 50-yard free in 23.46.

Sandia’s Aine Scholand hit the wall in 5:01.63 to win the 500-yard free.

Volcano Vista’s Sefilina Maile won the 100-yard back in 55.30.

El Dorado’s Lauren Burckel took down the state record in the 100-yard breast with a 1:03.25.

La Cueva’s Natasha Kinney, Anita Sumali, Chrysten Pacheco and Natalie Jones posted a state record 1:45.16 to win the 200-yard medley relay.

El Dorado’s Mikelle O’Donnell, Ellie Rivenbark, Madison Supple and Sydney Hanks posted a 1:37.40 to win the 200-yard free relay.

Volcano Vista’s Ashley Reynolds, Meleseini Maile, Zofia Niemczak and Sefilina Maile topped the 400-yard free relay in 3:33.60.

Albuquerque Academy’s Miranda Martinez topped the one-meter diving event with 428.35 points.

Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 24
1. La Cueva 291
2. Eldorado 286
3. Abq Academy 232
4. Los Alamos 218
5. Clovis 205
6. Volcano Vista 201
7. Sandia 184
8. Las Cruces 118
9. St. Pius X 93
10. Rio Rancho 91
11. Hope Christian 90
12. Albuquerque 64
13. Bosque School 61
14. Cleveland 58
15. Cottonwood Classical 23
16. Farmington 17
17. Santa Fe 16
18. Piedra Vista 15
19. Hobbs 14
20. West Mesa 13
21. St. Michael’s 10
22. Nmmi 8
22. Sandia Prep 8
24. Los Lunas 6
25. Belen 2

Boys

Albuquerque Academy won the boys state title with 306 points.  Sandia (284), El Dorado (268), Le Cueva (201) and Albuquerque (181) rounded out the top five.

Cibola’s Jacob Harlan claimed the 200-yard free in 1:40.75. Harlan doubled with a 4:36.55 to win the 500-yard free.

Sandia Prep’s Kevin Benavidez hit the wall in 1:53.77 to win the 200-yard IM.

El Dorado’s Hank Gullick clocked a 20.51 to win the 50-yard free.  Gullick swept the sprint frees with a 44.96 in the 100-yard free.

Albuquerque Academy’s Anthony Kim turned in a state-record 48.55 to win the 100-yard fly. Kim then doubled with a 50.10 to win the 100-yard back.

Albuquerque’s Pierce Holler won the 100-yard breast in 57.89.

Albuquerque Academy’s Ian Conley, Jordan Lee, Anthony Kim and Calvin Stewart posted a 1:35.03 to win the 200-yard medley relay.

El Dorado’s Ben Waterman, Seth Johannes, Logan Ellis and Hank Gullick turned in a state-record 1:26.37 to win the 200-yard free relay.

El Dorado’s Ben Waterman, Brandon Harden, Logan Ellis and Hank Gullick clocked a state-record 3:09.44 to win the 400-yard free relay.

Hobbs’ Nathan Collins won the one-meter diving title with 443.45 points.

Men – Team Rankings – Through Event 24
1. Abq Academy 306
2. Sandia 284
3. Eldorado 268
4. La Cueva 201
5. Albuquerque 181
6. Clovis 161
7. Las Cruces 146
8. Cibola 124
9. Cleveland 91
10. Los Alamos 88
11. Volcano Vista 79
12. Sandia Prep 64
13. Artesia 50
14. Hobbs 40
14. Hope Christian 40
16. St. Pius X 37
17. Santa Fe Prep 33
17. Rio Rancho 33
19. Cottonwood Classical 24
20. Piedra Vista 17
21. Farmington 13
22. Bosque School 12
23. Santa Fe 9
24. Los Lunas 6
25. West Mesa 4
26. Atrisco Heritage 3

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