Los Alamos Swimmers Shine At Meet In Scottsdale

Duncan Henderson starting in the 200 yard backstroke. Photo by Kevin Henderson

Orion Henderson swimming the 100 fly. Photo by Kevin Henderson

Max Corliss swimming the 200 free. Photo by Andy Corliss

Los Alamos

Five unattached swimmers from Los Alamos competed March 19-23, in the Four Corner Sectionals Swim Meet in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Andy and Max Corliss, Orion and Duncan Henderson and Konstantin Nelson swam a total of 26 events in five days. All swimmers managed best times or near best in at least one event—a great accomplishment considering the pandemic circumstances.

Orion Henderson had a notable accomplishment by breaking a 27 year old New Mexico Swimming State Record for 15 & 16 boys in the 500 free. He broke the record by nearly three seconds with a time of 4:33.56. 

Konstantin Nelson swam under 50 seconds for the first time in the 100 free, Andy Corliss had a best time in the 200 IM and Duncan Henderson went from 82nd place to 41st in the 200 back with a time of 1:58.08.

United States Swimming divided the swim meet into three separate outdoor pools in order to minimize the risk of transmission and all coaches, officials and swimmers wore masks except when swimming. No spectators were allowed in the pool areas and body temperatures were monitored every entry into the pool.

All five swimmers look forward to the NMAA (high school) implementing similar engineering controls for a safe, albeit, belated high school swim season.

Konstantin Nelson performing a warm-up start for the 100 fly. Photo by Kevin Henderson

Andy Corliss starting his 100 free. Photo by Max Corliss