From left, Alex Jaegers, Mark Torres, Kaan Unal, Justin Lemke, Kaitlin Bennett, Jessica Moore, Jesse Liechty and Niamh Short. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers swimming and diving teams competed at the 35th Barney Relays Saturday, Nov. 12 at Albuquerque Academy.
Both the girls and the boys finished second among the eight teams in the competition.
The Hilltoppers won three relays. The girls 200 breaststroke relay team of eighth-grader Kalen Melton, freshman Beth Short, sophomore Sonyia Williams and sophomore Jillian Bennett edged out Academy, 2:17.12 to 2:17.81.
The boys 200 butterfly relay of senior Justin Lemke, senior Ethan Rickards, sophomore Nick Berndt, and sophomore Dylan Ma) touched in 1:52.00 ahead of Cleveland’s 1:54.56.
The Hilltoppers not only won the last event of the meet, the coed 8 x 50 freestyle relay, but shattered the meet record. The record-setters were all seniors: Mark Torres, Jesse Liechty, Justin Lemke, Niamh Short, Kaan Unal, Jessica Moore, Alex Jaegers, and Kaitlin Bennett. Los Alamos’s time of 3:24.13 was nearly three seconds faster than the previous mark of 3:27.12 set by Academy in 2014.
Two relays achieved state meet qualifying standards (SQT):
Girls 200 Free Relay: Academy 1:42.68, Piedra Vista 1:54.22, Los Alamos 1:57.23 (Kim McKinley, Caemlyn Tripp, Riana Foley, Sophie Schmidt)
Boys 200 Free Relay: Academy 1:33.26 (SQT), Farmington 1:36.88 (SQT), Los Alamos 1:41.62 (Alex Bullock, Ethan Aulwes, Neil Wilkerson, Mark Torres)
Girls 200 Breast Relay: Los Alamos 2:17.12 (Kalen Melton, Beth Short, Sonyia Williams, Jillian Bennett), Academy 2:17.81, Rio Rancho 2:28.78
Boys 200 Breast Relay: Academy 1:58.63, Cleveland 2:05.80, Los Alamos 2:09.60 (Jack Whitacre, Max Corliss, Mark Torres, Jake Hollis)
Girls 200 Back Relay: Academy 1:57.53, Cleveland 2:01.55, Rio Rancho 2:12.68, Los Alamos 2:12.72 (Maddie Ovaska, Onnolee Englert-Erickson, Cory Liechty, Sara
Boys 200 Back Relay: Academy 1:47.74, Farmington 1:59.06, Cleveland 2:05.10, Los Alamos 2:07.64 (Ian Jaegers, Konstantin Nelson, Zeph Tripp, Neil Wilkerson)
Mixed 400 Free Relay: Academy 3:31.95, Los Alamos 3:34.86 (Kaan Unal, Jessica Moore, Kaitlin Bennett, Alex Jaegers), Rio Rancho 4:09.66
Girls 400 IM Relay: Academy 4:21.13, Los Alamos 4:30.59 (Jesse Liechty, Sara Shiina, Sonyia Williams, Jillian Bennett), Cleveland 4:37.54
Boys 400 IM Relay: Academy 3:57.18, Los Alamos 4:11.75 (Ian Jaegers, Dylan Ma, Nick Berndt, Kaan Unal), Cleveland 4:26.76
Girls 200 Butterfly Relay: Academy 1:53.64, Cleveland 1:57.28, Los Alamos 2:01.47 (Sara Shiina, Sonyia Williams, Niamh Short, Jessica Moore)
Boys 200 Butterfly Relay: Los Alamos 1:52.00 (Justin Lemke, Ethan Rickards, Nick Berndt, Dylan Ma), Cleveland 1:54.56, Sandia Prep 1:55.74, Academy DQ
Girls 200 Medley Relay: Academy 2:00.62 (SQT), Los Alamos 2:03.50 (SQT) (Jessica Liechty, Beth Short, Sophie Schmidt, Katherine Elton), St Pius X 2:08.77
Boys 200 Medley Relay: Academy 1:41.05 (SQT) (meet record), Los Alamos 1:53.82 (SQT) (Ian Jaegers, Jake Hollis, Justin Lemke, Alex Bullock), St Pius X 2:02.33
Mixed 8 x 50 Free Relay: Los Alamos 3:24.13 (meet record, old record 3:27.12 Academy 2014) (Mark Torres, Jesse Liechty, Kaan Unal, Niamh Short, Justin Lemke, Jessica Moore, Alex Jaegers, Kaitlin Bennett), Academy 3:27.58, St Pius X 3:38.06