Isaac Newman Dives to State Record; Albuquerque Academy Girls, Los Alamos Boys Win New Mexico Team Titles

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The 2020 New Mexico State Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium in Albuquerque, N.M.

Eldorado’s Isaac Newman highlighted the meet by breaking the overall New Mexico state record on the one-meter board with a final score of 624.45.

The girls of Albuquerque Academy swam away with the fourth-straight championships crown after using their impressive depth to score 390 points ahead of Eldorado (220). On the boys side, Los Alamos secured their first state title since 2005 with 377 points to edge out Albuquerque Academy (372).

Click HERE for full results and team scores.

Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. Albuquerque Academy – 390
  2. Eldorado – 220
  3. Clovis – 196
  4. La Cueva – 176
  5. Albuquerque – 163

Albuquerque Academy began their winning ways as Coralie Norenberg (27.78), Asiana Lee (31.29), Sowang Kundeling (26.59), and Sofia Taylor (24.66) won the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:50.32. Taylor (25.36), MacKenzie Jarrell (24.87), Kundeling (25.05) and Allison Bernier (23.84) won the 4×50 free relay in 1:39.12.

HOPE-DA’s Reese Hinnerichs cruised to first in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:52.09 for the first state title of her career. The freshman made a name for herself during the meet as she also won the 500 free by three seconds in a final time of 5:01.85 ahead of defending champion Bernier(5:04.64).

After finishing second on the one-meter board last year, Albuquerque’s Nadine Coulie dove to the top spot this season after posting a final score of 471.95 points. La Cueva’s Hannah Meek sprinted to first in the 100 free in 52.34, just ahead of runner-up Sophia Gossum (52.98) of Santa Fe Prep. Gossum also finished second in the 50 free (24.41).

Sandia’s Fiona Trotz-Chavez flew to first in the 100 fly, touching the wall in 57.82 as the first of only three swimmers in the field to dip under the 60-second marker. SPRP’s Emma Kelly powered home in 58.42 to win the 100 back, besting 2019 event winner Trotz-Chavez who took a close second in 58.67.

Eldorado’s Emma Gehlert won the 200 IM in a final time of 2:07.08, just off the 2:05.78 she posted during prelims. She also won the 100 breast in 1:04.02 while her sister Grace Gehlert splashed-and-dashed her way to the gold medal in the 50 free, clocking in with a quick 24.33.

Eldorado’s E. Gehlert (53.08), Randi Peters (56.70), Brynn Quintana (54.29), and G. Gehlert (52.53) won the 4×100 free relay in 3:36.60. Albuquerque Academy finished second in the closing relay en route to clinching the championship crown.

Boys Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. Los Alamos – 377
  2. Albuquerque Academy – 372
  3. La Cueva – 246
  4. Eldorado – 232
  5. Cleveland – 153

La Cueva’s Mario Sumali (24.64), Henri Li (27.15), Quanwei Lei (23.50), and Greyson Ulibarri (21.41) began the boys’ meet by winning the 4×50 medley relay in a combined time of 1:36.70. Sumali then went on to win the 100 back after powering home in 52.00 for the victory.

Cibola’s Jamin Harlan cruised to first in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:41.27 to out-touch runner-up Orion Henderson (1:41.61) of Los Alamos. Las Cruces’ Asa Mynatt sprinted to the gold medal in the 100 free with a time of 47.01, just ahead of runner-up Harlan (47.24). Henderson later won the 500 free, dropping six seconds from his prelims time to win in 4:38.42.

Albuquerque Academy’s Jack Hand dominated the 200 IM, winning by three seconds in a final time of 1:53.37 – four seconds off his prelims time of 1:49.38. The soon-to-be Arizona Wildcat also won the 100 breast in 56.43 as the first of four swimmers under the minute-marker.

Eldorado’s Darien O’Donnell splashed-and-dashed his way to the wall in a quick 21.08 to win the 50 free. Shortly after, he was back in the water to win the 100 fly for the second-consecutive season after getting his hands to the wall the quickest with a final time of 50.66. His teammate Newton dove to first on the 1-meter board for the second year in a row with a final score of 624.65, which was good enough to break the pool record of 567.60 he set at this meet last season as well as set a new overall state record.

Albuquerque Academy’s Hand (21.15), Ethan Fricke (22.25), Aidan McKinley (21.67), and Sam Papenguth (21.35) joined forces to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:26.42. Fricke (48.45), McKinley (48.29), Papenguth (48.03), and Hand (45.07) concluded the meet by winning the 4×100 free relay in 3:09.84.

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