Hilltopper Swimming & Diving Team Fundraiser Sept. 11

Team captains Sylvia Holesinger, Andy Corliss and Kamaya Ronning invite the community to the LAHS Swim Team Waffle pool party fundraiser Sept. 11 at East Park Pool. Courtesy/Stu Corliss

By STU CORLISS
LAHS Swim Coach

The Los Alamos High School Swimming and Diving team will host a Waffle Pool Party Fundraiser at East Park Pool at 111 East Road from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.

The price is $20 per ticket/ $50 per family; tickets are available from team members, or at the door. All proceeds will go to benefit the swimming and diving teams. The costs have all been donated. Checks for tickets or donations should be made payable to “LAPS-Los Alamos Public Schools”.

Pajarito Lodge 66 of the Masons has traditionally helped the Hilltopper swimmers and divers with a waffle fundraiser, but the group has taken a break due to the recent Public Health Orders.

In addition to one last day in the sun, attendees will be served waffles and beverages. While supplies last, Hilltoppers T-Shirts will be distributed.

Lap swimmers can swim early, then as the sun climbs, there will be some fun games (dry and wet) for kids of all ages.

Since the Larry Walkup pool is closed for renovations and the other outdoor pools are usually closed after Labor Day, East Park Pool will be the only pool to which county residents can retreat to take a break from the early September heat.

The fundraising event will take place rain or shine, but the historical weather is expected for the date: 77 degrees and sunny. There may be a slight risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon in which case the pool will be cleared.

The Hilltoppers open the 2021-22 campaign as a formidable force in New Mexico High School swimming and diving. The boys team is the two-time defending state high school champion and the girls team promises to be the best in many years.

College swimming.com ranked the Los Alamos High School boys team the 26th best dual meet team in the country for the 2020-21 season from more than 5,000 high schools that sponsor the sport. The rankings include all high schools of any size, public and private, anywhere in the country.

The Hilltoppers squad will feature three high school All-Americas, Orion Henderson and sisters Kelly and Anna Wetteland who transferred to Los Alamos from Maryville High School in Tennessee.

In addition, the Topper divers, recognized as the best in the state, will return senior Kyle Hatler, the Los Alamos High School team record holder in diving.

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