Los Alamos Aquatomics team members and coaches. Courtesy/LAA
The Los Alamos Aquatomics placed third out of 19 teams and second among boys at the New Mexico Swimming 10 & under Championship meet in Farmington July 19-20, 2014.
The team, comprised of two eight & under girls, and eight 10 & under boys posted some impressive best times and great relay swims.
Leading the team was Ming-Yuan Lo, 9, who won the 100 meter freestyle, and placed second in 50 and 100 meter butterfly and 50 meter freestyle. He capped off a stellar meet with a third in the 200 meter Individual Medley and fifth in the 200 freestyle. He earned the third place high-point award for boys.
Also noteworthy were performances from Andy Corliss, 10, who was second in both the 50 and 100 meter breaststrokes. He placed in the top eight in his other four individual events.
The Aquatomics fielded two boys’ relay teams in the 10 & under age group, with the “A” relay, comprised of Lo, Corliss, Matias Rougier and Ryan Aldaz placing second in both the 200 meter freestyle relay and the 200 meter medley relay. The “B” relay, comprised of Phillip Ionkov, Connor Tepley, Sam Katko and Nikolai Nelson placed eighth in the 200 free relay and sixth in the 200 medley relay.
The eight & under session was swum in a 25-yard course Saturday morning. A standout at that session was 8-year-old Nikolai Nelson, who won the 100 yard Individual Medley, and placed second in the 100 freestyle, the 50 backstroke and the 50 freestyle.
Also contributing to the team was Kaya Loy, 8, who was eighth in the 50 yard breaststroke. Seven-year-old Emily McLaughlin, from a legacy Aquatomics swimming family, placed third in the 25 and 100 yard freestyles, fourth in the 50 freestyle and sixth in the 25 backstroke.
Ming Lo and Andy Corliss were both selected to represent Team New Mexico at the Western Zone Age-Group Championships Aug. 6-9 in Federal Way, Wash.
This coming weekend, the Aquatomics will send 15 more swimmers to the 11 & over State Championship meet in Las Cruces.
The Los Alamos Aquatomics, founded in 1963, is coached by Olympic Medalist John Murphy and assistants Maribeth Englert and Linda Corliss. The Aquatomics is a competitive swim team representing the Los Alamos community.