Taos Tigers High School swim­ming at a glance

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Col­ors: Or­ange, black Coach: Nancy Call

District 2 teams: Desert Academy, Gallup, Los Alamos, Miya­mura, Santa Fe Prep and St. Michael’s.

There is only one class for swim­ming, so the teams in district are dif­fer­ent than for other prep sports. It also means only one class swims at state: the only ways to qual­ify are to meet the qual­i­fy­ing time for an event or win first or sec­ond place at the District meet Feb. 9.

Thus, ev­ery event and ev­ery prac­tice are prepa­ra­tion for the cham­pi­onship sea­son, which in­cludes the district and state meets. Coach Call says that her goals for the team are to “work hard at be­ing the best stu­dent-ath­letes and swim­mers that they can be. This one goal com­bined with work­ing and en­cour­ag­ing each other at ev­ery prac­tice and ev­ery meet” will make in­di­vid­ual swim­mers stronger and make the team united and strong.

Key Swim­mers: The swim team is led by Se­niors Ash­ley McMains and Hunter Griego. Coach Call re­ports that “Ash­ley has al­ready come within .02 of a sec­ond of achiev­ing the qual­i­fy­ing time in the 100 Back­stroke for state.” What’s more, fresh­man Grace Goler qual­i­fied for state in the 100 But­ter­fly in the first meet of the sea­son, held Sat­ur­day (Nov. 20) at Al­bu­querque Academy.

Tigers Swim­ming Ros­ter: Boys: Jesse Casias, sopho­more; Lorenzo Cor­dova, eighth­grade; Diego Griego, ju­nior; Hunter Griego, se­nior; Cooper Le-Deux, ju­nior; Jor­dan Mon­toya, sopho­more; Michael Pacheco, fresh­man; Este­van Salazar, fresh­man.

Girls: Kim­berly Appa, sopho­more; Aricela Chavez, eighth­grade; An­gela Cortez, fresh­man; Grace Goler, fresh­man; Ash­ley McMains, ju­nior; Maye Mon­toya, eighth-grade; Veron­ica Mon­taya, se­nior; Alyssa Mur­ray, se­nior; Cielo Ro­driguez, ju­nior; Karen Ro­driguez, sopho­more; Daniela Solis, sopho­more; Nina Yven, ju­nior.

2018/2019 Out­look

With a bro­ken heater in the Taos Youth and Fam­ily Cen­ter pool, the Tigers swim team hasn’t had much time to prac­tice be­fore the start of the sea­son. Nev­er­the­less, they swam their first meet in Al­bu­querque and will con­tinue to look for re­lay team com­bi­na­tions that max­i­mize their chances to meet state qual­i­fy­ing times or place at the district swim meet.

The team will rely on eighth-grader Aricela Chavez and the other girls on the team to im­prove as the sea­son pro­gresses.

The team has a strong group of boys, in­clud­ing swim­mers Diego Griego, Este­van Salazar, who swam on a re­lay team at state last year, and new­comer Lorenzo Cor­dova (eighth-grade). These three boys, to­gether with Hunter Griego, earned sec­ond in the med­ley re­lay at the Academy meet in Al­bu­querque Sat­ur­day (Nov. 20). Coach Call ex­pects vast im­prove­ments in the boys team through­out the sea­son as well.

2018/2019 Tigers Swim Team Sched­ule

Bold- de­notes home meet

* - de­notes a District 2-4A meet.

Nov. 20 at Al­bu­querque Academy Mini In­vite (JV/V) 4 p.m.

Dec. 1 at Bill Hud­son In­vite (Lost Alamos) (JV/V) 8 a.m.

Dec. 15 at Be­len In­vite (JV/V) 8 a.m.

Jan. 18 at Horse­men In­vite (Gen­oveva Chavez Cen­ter) (JV/V) 8 a.m.

Jan. 25 at Grif­fen In­vite—SF Prep (Gen­oveva Chavez Cen­ter) (JV/V) 3 p.m.

Feb. 2 at Cap­i­tal City In­vite (Gen­oveva Chavez Cen­ter) (JV/V) 8 a. m.

Feb. 9 District 2 Cham­pi­onships—Hosted by Santa Fe Prep (Gen­oveva Chavez Cen­ter) (JV/V) 8 a.m.

Feb. 22-23 State Cham­pi­onships (Al­bu­querque Academy) Var­sity TBA

Sched­uled meet dates, times, op­po­nents and lo­ca­tions are sub­ject to changes, up­dates, post­pone­ments, de­lays and can­cel­la­tions.

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