Aquatomics Host Teams From Across New Mexico

And bragging rights goes to … (dual at the pool), from left, Dane Spearing, Karen Henderson, Kara Leasure and Kevin Henderson. Courtesy photo

AQUATOMICS News:

The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team hosted a meet at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Jan. 26-27. This meet was open not only to age-group club swimmers from around New Mexico, but Master swimmers as well. 

Charger Aquatics took advantage of this to put its best-of-the-best swimmers from the club team against its more seasoned Masters team in a relay race that would determine bragging rights on the pool deck (for at least the next year.)

Anticipation was high and the margins too close to call as the first swimmers jumped into the water to begin the competition. Kevin Henderson (former Stanford University swimmer, Olympic Trials qualifier, and father of two Charger swimmers) got the Master’s team off to an early lead in his backstroke swim against high school junior, Maria Venneri. 

Connor Schultz, also a high school junior, was able to get back a little more than a second in the breaststroke leg of the race against Kara Leasure (former Bates College swimmer and current Charger Aquatics coach.)

The gap was negated, finally putting the youth in the lead by four-tenths of a second, when Sam Harris (a high school sophomore) delivered a fantastic butterfly swim against Karen Henderson (former Notre Dame swimmer, mother of two, and another Charger Aquatics coach.)

In the end, it came down to the last two swimmers to decide the victory between the teens and the adults. Leaving the blocks simultaneously, Dane Spearing (a Leader for Boy Scout Troop 22 and father of two) battled it out with Sarah Lott (high school freshman) in the final freestyle leg of the race. 

In a nail-biting sprint from start to finish, Dane was able to claim victory for the Charger’s Masters team. Way to go Masters and good job by the youngsters – you’ll get them next year!

Clockwise from left, Sarah Lott, Maria Venneri, Connor Schultz and Sam Harris. Courtesy photo

200 IM Relay

Charger Aquatics Masters Team

Charger Aquatics Club Team

 

Name

Age

Split Time

Name

Age

Split Time

50 Back

Kevin Henderson

        42

27.10

Maria Venneri

15

30.76

50 Breast

Kara Leasure

22

32.88

Connor Schultz

17

31.17

50 Fly

Karen Henderson

38

28.74

Sam Harris

16

26.35

50 Free

Dane Spearing

46

24.66

Sarah Lott

15

25.44

FINISH TIME

 

1:53.38

 

1:53.72

 

CHARGER AQUATICS’ HIGH POINT WINNERS

From left, Sara Shiina, Orion Henderson and Kaan Unal. Courtesy photo

Name

Grade

Age Group

Sara Shiina

7th

11 & 12 Girls – High Point Winner

Orion Henderson

3rd

8 & Under Boys – High Point Winner

Kaan Unal

8th

13 & 14 Boys – High Point Winner

At this same meet, several Charger Aquatics club swimmers delivered outstanding swims to claim high point winner titles within their age groups including Kaan Unal, Sara Shiina and Orion Henderson (whose mom and dad helped the Masters’ team win the 200 IM relay race against the Charger Aquatics high school swimmers.)

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