The Los Alamos Aquatomics, along with Northern Aquatic Club and Taos Swim Club, hosted the LA Winter Invitational this past weekend at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The Aquatomics had 67 swimmers in the meet, 19 of whom competed for the first time. Two hundred thirty-five athletes from across New Mexico swam at the annual event.
Eight swimmers from the Aquatomics received high-point awards, excelling in multiple events. The high-point recipients by age-group were: Niamh Short (Second, 13-14), Alana Goodwin (Third, 13-14), Max Corliss (Third, 11-12), Andy Corliss (First, 9-10), Kalen Melton (Second, 9-10) Ming-Yuan Lo (First, 8 and Under), Nikolai Nelson (Third, 8 and Under) and Savannah Kimball (Third, 8 and Under.)
Additionally, Ming-Yuan Lo set another 8 and Under New Mexico State Record. Lo swam the 200 Individual Medley in a time of 2:56.93, besting the previous record of 2:57.37 set by Tanner Pulice of Albuquerque in 2010. Lo holds two additional New Mexico State records in the 8 and under age-group: the 100 butterfly record set in October 2013, and as a member of the Aquatomics’ 100 freestyle relay in October 2012.
Aquatomics swimmers are now focusing on the New Mexico State Championship meets in early March. The Los Alamos Aquatomics is in its 51st year as a competitive swim team, and the team practices weeknights at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
The Aquatomics would like to thank local sponsors of the event including Starbucks, Smith’s Food & Drugs and Blue Window Bistro.