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Porpoises compete at Farmington

The Pagosa Lakes Porpoises Swim Team competed in the Four Corners Aquatic Teams of Farmington’s (FCAT) long course invitational last weekend.

Teams traveled from Cheyenne, Durango, Colorado Springs, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos, and Los Alamos, as well as from other areas of Colorado and New Mexico, to compete in the prelims/finals meet.

Members of the Porpoises attended the event with high hopes of qualifying for Western Slopes, as well as the Summer Club State Championships. The Farmington meet provided the perfect opportunity to do just that. Athletes first competed in the morning in the eight-lane, 50-meter pool, equipped with non-turbulent lane lines, and again in the evening if they finished in the top 16. Representing the Porpoises were 10 and under athletes Trenton Cordova, Owen Sutton and Makayla Garcia. Competing in the 11-12 age group division were Blake Irons and Samuel Philips. Emily Bryant swam in the 13-14 division, while Katie Armbrecht, Erika Pitcher, Kelsea Anderson and Zach Irons competed in the 15 and over division.

Cordova swam the 100-meter freestyle in 2:10.10, dropping 15 seconds from the last meet. He also improved his personal best time in the 100 backstroke by nearly 18 seconds. Cordova competed in three relays, along with teammates Zach Irons, Blake Irons, and Sutton. The relay teams scored valuable team points for the Porpoises in the 200 free relay, the 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay.

Sutton dropped five seconds from the Cortez meet in the 50 free and 16 seconds from his seasonal best in the 100 back He also competed in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 free. Owen placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 2:54.08, fourth in the 100 fly, and sixth in the 200 free.

Philips competed in his very first meet in Farmington, swimming the 50 free in 1:06.79.

Competing in her first meet of the season, Garcia swam the 100- back in a time of 2:58.59.

Blake Irons made it to finals in every event he swam. On Friday night, he competed in the final heat of both the boys 11-12 50 frees and 200 IM, qualifying for Western Slopes in each. On Saturday, he qualified for Western Slopes and Summer Club in both the 100 free and the 100 breaststroke, swimming in the consolation heat of the freestyle and the final heat of the breaststroke. On the last day of competition, Irons swam in the final heat of each event, placing seventh in the 100 back in 1:38.30, 10 seconds under the Summer Club Championship qualifying time. He placed second in the 200 breaststroke, and fourth in the 100 fly.

Bryant finaled in each of her events, swimming the 100 back the 100 fly, and the 200 frees. She also swam in the 400 free and 200 medley relays, along with teammates Armbrecht, Anderson and Pitcher.

Zach Irons shaved off time from last season in each of his events. He competed in the 50 free, placing top 16 and giving him a chance to swim in the consolation heat. He also competed in the 100 free and 100 fly, as well as the relays.

Anderson had an outstanding meet, placing top 16 in all of her races and improving her times from Cortez. She also qualified for both Western Slopes and/or Summer Clubs in several events. On Friday, Anderson swam the 50 free in 32.57, shaving off time from her prelims swim. She also swam the 200 IM. On Saturday, she swam in the consolation finals in both the 100 free and the 100 breaststroke. She finished the meet strong on Sunday, swimming the 400 and 200 free events. Anderson swam in the final heat of the 100 back, dropping two seconds from her prelims swim.

Pitcher competed in her first meet since the 5A State High School Championships in February. She swam in the final heat of the Girls 15 and Over 50 frees, the 100 and 200 fly, and the 200 frees. She also competed in the 100 free. Pitcher’s times qualify her to swim at Western Slopes in Grand Junction and Summer Club State Championships in Colorado Springs.

Armbrecht made finals in the 400 free with a time of 5:25.86, shattering the qualification times for both Western Slopes and State. She also competed in the final heat of the 100 back and 200 free.

The Porpoises will travel to Pueblo July 9-11, where they hope to continue improving their times.