Griffins make state in 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays, and Santa Fe High does so in the 400 freestyle relay
By Arnie Leshin
To senior Riley Kinlaw and his Santa Fe Prep teammates, sooner is better than later or never as they qualified in four events at Saturday’s annual Lady Horsemen swimming and diving meet at the Genovese Chavez Community Center.
Just as they did early last season, it was Kinlaw, his junior brother Jordan, junior Reed Kellam and senior Cypress Hayunga again qualifying for the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay.
And Riley, in his fifth year on the team, heads for his stretch run by qualifying Saturday in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Last season, he qualified for seven events, with four of them being relays.
In the fly, he turned in a 56.54, and runner-up Nathan Hernandez of Taos also qualified by swimming 57.32. In the breast, Riley finished in 1:05.18. He also qualified with the medley and freestyle relays, the medley in 1:49.24 and the freestyle in 1:36.03.
Santa Fe High senior Luke Shankin qualified in the 200 freestyle in the time of 1:50.56. He also swam the anchor leg on the victorious 400 freestyle relay that qualified for state in 3:37.12.
The Demons opened with senior Brad Moffett and followed with Code Angel and freshman Bobby Petty. The fastest split was a 51.52 for Shankin on the anchor leg, while Moffett began by swimming 51.92.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the fastest Griffin leg was by anchor Hayunda racing 23.15, and Riley Kinlaw went 24.39 on the third leg. In the 100 backstroke won by Santa Fe High’s Dante Hernandez on 1:09.35. second place went to Jordan Kinlaw in 1:10.17.
In the team scoring, the top spot went to the Demons with 417 points, with Albuquerque St. Pius X next with 376, Prep following with 318 and St. Michael’s scoring 108.
“We’re hoping to do some catching up,” said now Horsemen interim coach Elaine Pacheco, who was head coach for three years before Theresa Hamilton took over that program along with Santa Fe Highs. “I was only recently hired and we only have eight athletes.”