By Arnie Leshin
Can’t forget the swimmers, and so straight from results found in the daily newspaper’s sports pages, they will get some space here.
Number one, St. Michael’s sophomore, Ethan Manske, in his first year on the team, has already qualified for the state championships in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke, events he won Saturday at the annual Horsemen Invitational held at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center pool.
Manske, on a boy’s roster of five 8th graders, two freshmen, two sophomores, and one junior, turned in a time of 56:54 in the butterfly, and 57:26 in the backstroke. He also has one of the state’s fastest times in the grueling 500-yard freestyle.
The Horsemen were runners-up in the team scoring with 337 points, and Albuquerque St. Pius X took first with 382. Seventh with 32 points was Santa Fe Prep, and Desert Academy scored 9 for eighth place.
In the girl’s competition, Griffins’ sophomore Sophie Gossum won the 100 fly in 1:07.28, and had a state qualifying time of 25:25 winning the 50 free. Sophomore teammate Yangchen Rotto also took first in the 100 back in a time of 1:12.91.
Then there was Lady Horsemen senior London Luttrell, the lone senior on the girl’s roster of four, and in her fifth year on the team, and coming off her final year in cross country, when as the lone St. Michael’s qualifier at the state championships, went out and did well over the familiar course at Rio Rancho High. At the swim meet, she placed second in the 200 free in 2:33.3, and fifth in the 100 free in 1:09.34.
Luttrell’s teammates are 8th grader Julia Diaz, freshman Natalie Angel, and junior Alma Lopez-Linan, now in her third year on the team. London’s brothers, Denver and Austin, ran cross country and track at St. Michael’s, and their mom, Carol Luttrell, and diving coach Jim Weyhraugh, assist head coach Elaine Pacheco. The Lady Horsemen totaled 40 points for seventh place, and Santa Fe Prep scored 80 to finish fifth, while first place St. Pius dominated with 438 points.
Dave Caldwell is still head coach of the Santa Fe Prep program.
No news from Santa Fe High. New head coach but no roster found on its website, only a schedule, no results turned in, and former head coach Theresa Hamilton now retired after a lengthy stay coaching the swim program.