By Arnie Leshin
Maybe the best is yet to come for sophomores Sophie Gossum of Santa Fe Prep and Ethan Manske of St. Michael’s.
At the weekend state swimming-diving championships at Albuquerque Academy pool, Gossum continued her quest for a state title by finishing second twice. In the 50 freestyle, she timed 24.41 to place behind senior Grace Gehlert of Albuquerque Eldorado, who was timed in 24.33, and at Gossum won’t have to face her again at state.
In the 100 freestyle, she was runner-up in 52.98 with splits of 25.34 and 27.64, only to trail winner Hannah Meek, a junior from Albuquerque La Cueva who clocked 52.34, and had splits of 25.70 and 26.73, and had to go some to pass Gossum, who had the faster opening lap.
But Gossum still has two more shots to get to hoisting the championship trophy.
In the 200 freestyle relay, she anchored the Griffins to fifth place with a 24.07 split, and did so behind junior Chelsia Griscom, junior Bess McAlpin and sophomore Yangchen,Rotto, with the quartet finishing in 1:45.39.
Then there there was Griffin sophomore Emma Kelley who got to hoist the championship trophy by winning the the 100 backstroke in 53.42, with her final lap in 29.74, her fastest of the race. In the grueling 500 freestyle, settled for 7th place in the time of 5:22.53, with her best lap at the start when she swam 28:25.
Then there was young Manske in his first year competing for St. Michael’s. He finished third in the lengthy 500 freestyle in 4:50.3, with a best split of 25.10 in the first lap.
He placed fifth in the 100 backstroke in the time of 54.51, with splits of 26:34 and 28.23.
He also turned in an impressive 24.21 anchor leg for the 400 freestyle relay team that finished 13th in the B-Final of the race in 3:42.17.
Freshman Elin Gibson of Santa Fe High made his initial stop at state by coming in 6th in the 500 freestyle in, three spots behind Manske and clocked 4:56.20 with his best lap the first one in 26:42. He also took 12th in the B-Final of the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.83.
There were others who finished who behind the top teams and had to settle for a place in the B-Final, one of which was Santa Fe High freshman Nick Stadick taking 12th in the 200 freestyle in 1:54.14, with his opening lap in 26.12.
In the 200 butterfly, Prep senior Joseph Salcido placed 13th in the B-Final and clocked
In the 500 freestyle, it was the Griffins’ Henry Lyons just finishing out of the top 10 when he took 11th in the B-Final in 5:10.02, with a best split of 27:54. In the diving, Griffins’ sophomore Michael Vimon placing 13th.
The girls also had a number of events where they finished in the B-Final.
One was Demonettes junior Sophie Snyder coming in 10th in the B-Final of the 400 freestyle. Her teammate, sophomore Samantha Spier, took 11th in the B-Final of the 100 breaststroke and her time was 1:11.05.
Spier and Sophie Snyder were on the 400 freestyle relay team that was 13th in the B-Final in 4:01.68. Snyder’s sister, Cecilia, swam 3rd leg, she was the anchor, Spier did the opening leg, and Ella Tyroler the second.
The Prep girls 200 medley relay quartet went with McAlpin, Griscom, Gossum and Rotto, and took 10th in the B-Final in 2:00.29, with Rotto’s leg 27:08 and Gossum’s 27:49.
In the girls team scoring, host Albuquerque Academy piled up 390 points to finish first, with Prep 11th with 77, and Santa Fe High 16th with 31.
In the boys team scoring, it was Los Alamos on top with 377 points. Taking 16th was St. Michael’s with 34, the Demons scoring 27 for 19th, and in 22nd with 10 points were the Griffins.