Albuquerque Academy Girls Three-Peat, La Cueva Boys Earn Team Title at New Mexico States; Jack Hoagland, Keelan Hart Break Records

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The 2019 New Mexico State Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium in Albuquerque, N.M.

La Cueva’s Jack Hoagland eclipsed the New Mexico state record in the 200 IM, while Cibola’s Keelan Hart tied the state mark in the 100 free. Hoagland and Hart both do their club swimming with Charger Aquatics.

Albuquerque Academy girls successfully three-peated, claiming the championship crown with a final score of 383 ahead of La Cueva (314) and Clovis (225). La Cueva earned the boys’ team title for the first time in 22 years with 280 points to edge out Los Alamos (276) and Albuquerque Academy (272.5).

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Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. Albuquerque Academy – 383
  2. La Cueva – 314
  3. Clovis – 225
  4. Las Cruces – 186
  5. Albuquerque – 181

La Cueva’s Emma Long (28.06), Natalie Jones (29.89), Chrysten Pacheco (25.69) and Hannah Meek (24.15) began the meet by winning the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:47.79. Hannah Grenemyer (53.43), Long (54.05), Pacheco (52.10) and Jones (52.20) also won the 4×100 free relay in 3:31.78, five seconds faster than the rest of the field.

Shortly after helping her medley relay time win, Pacheco was back in the water to claim the 200 free title by posting a three-second victory in 1:52.09. She then went on to win the 100 fly, earning another gold medal with a final time of 56.11.

Jones splashed-and-dashed her way to a win in the 50 free, racing to the wall in a quick 23.71. She proved her sprint talent by also winning the 100 free in 52.46, only slightly ahead of runner-up Sophia Gossum (52.63) of Santa Fe Prep.

Albuquerque Academy’s Allison Bernier won the 200 IM in 2:05.61 while her teammate, MacKenzie Jarrell, placed second in 2:07.92. Shortly after, Bernier dove back in the water to win the 500 free in 4:59.30 as the only swimmer to break five-minutes.

Albuquerque’s Jessica Albanna dove to first on the 1-meter board, finishing with a final score of 469.05 ahead of teammate Nadine Coulie’s 451.25 points for second. Albuquerque Academy’s Sofia Taylor (25.44), Sowang Kundeling (24.73), Kaci Jarry (25.22) and Bernier (23.54) won the 4×50 free relay in 1:38.93, just ahead of runner-up Las Cruces (1:39.07).

Sandia’s Fiona Trotz-Chavez powered home to a win in the 100 back, winning in 57.90 to guide the first five swimmers under 60 seconds. Eldorado’s Grace Gehlert got her hands to the wall the fastest in the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.07 ahead of Sandia’s Grace Pino (1:05.41).

Boys Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. La Cueva – 280
  2. Los Alamos – 276
  3. Albuquerque Academy – 272.5
  4. Cibola – 256
  5. Cleveland – 228.5

Cleveland’s Eli Meyer (24.25), Kendall Southwell (27.05), Camron Pazand (22.25) and Brady Peters (22.03) began the boys’ meet by winning the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:35.58. Sandia’s Joseph Cecco cruised to victory in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:42.39 for the win.

Hoagland stole the show in the 200 IM, winning by five seconds with a final time of 1:48.01 to eclipse Joshua Harlon’s state record of 1:48.04 set last year. Shortly after, he dove back in the water to dominated the 500 free by 12 seconds in 4:37.92.

Hart won the 50 free, splashing-and-dashing his way to the wall in a swift 20.68 to hold off runner-up Maxwell Hawton (20.76) of Sandia. Hart then went on to race his way to first place in the 100 free with a time of 44.72 to tie John Holler’s state record set in 2015.

After taking second in the 50 free, Hawton redeemed himself by winning the 100 back in 49.57 as the only athlete in the race under the 50-second barrier. Albuquerque’s Pierce Holler was the first of three competitors under the 60-second mark in the 100 breast, touching the wall in 56.56 for the gold medal.

Eldorado’s Darien O’Donnell flew to the top of the podium in the 100 fly, finishing in 49.42 as the only swimmer in the field to sneak under the two-minute marker. O’Donnell’s teammate, Issac Newman, dove to first on the 1-meter board with a final score of 567.60, which was good enough to set a new pool record.

Cibola’s Aidan Gallegos (22.38), Ryan Cordray (22.76), Jamin Harlan (22.14) and Hart (20.53) won the 4×50 free relay in 1:27.81. Harlan (48.90), Gallegos (48.25), Jackson Cotter (49.72) and Hart (44.98) combined to win the 4×100 free relay in 3:11.85 to conclude the meet.

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Jacqueline Strandemo Jahner

Yay Albuquerque Academy Chargers! 3️⃣???

Cheryl Bernier
Cheryl Bernier
5 years ago

Awesome job!

Faye Cecco
Faye Cecco
5 years ago

Outstanding group of High School and Club swimmers?‍♂️?‍♂️..competitive athletes but they are great friends in and out of the pool..

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