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Aquatomics Capture 2nd Place at LC Champs
By Coach Mark Scott
Los Alamos Aquatomics
 
Normally, for a meet summary I would focus on a few swimmers that performed at high levels, and at one point I had more tha three pages of must mention individual swimmer highlights for the Aquatomics.
 
However, this meet was not normal, was very much about the terrific team effort shown by almost everybody, swimmers, parents, volunteers, officials and even coaches. Some specifics: Officials and meet director had to hand enter a LOT of the times, due to a few of New Mexico Swimming’s pads not working correctly. Also, this meet used the ‘Superfinal’ format, which requires over-ride entries (again, done by hand) for almost one fourth of the events competed in the finals.
 
The  Aquatomics just purchased a brand new top of the line computer to run meets, which can’t do those specific tasks, so this generated a bit of frustration, but the meet went off with no major glitches. Hospitality provided for meet officials, referees, timers and coaches was outstanding throughout the four days of the meet.
 
Parents volunteered and did a great job of getting their swimmers to the pool, for hundreds of individual and relay swims, during the 40 hours of competition, meetings, warmups, warmdowns, set-up and tear-down.
 
Walker Aquatic Center staff and management was not only cooperative, but went out of their way to support this meet. Thank you!
 
Here’s a few examples of some of the great stuff the swimmers came up on a regular basis:
 
Joshua McLaughlin, 7, was on a 10-u relay on the Breaststroke leg. The coaches were more than a bit apprehensive, McLaughlin  wasn’t at all and swam a great leg, legal and with good looking strokes. Michelle Lo, 9, swam in the prelims in the 50 Fly in a personal best, made the finals as the only 9 year old in a 10-under event. She dropped almost 4 seconds again in the final, to win that event.
 
Our relays, with the exception of one relay, which the coach (me) sabotaged by having an underage swimmer in a 11-14 relay, all got best times, the vast majority of those relays enjoyed personal best swims on every leg, and if there was a close race, our relay swimmers won them.
 
It was pointed out to me by one of our swimmers that our 10-under boys, 11-12 boys, 13-14 boys and 15-over boys won the 200 Individual Medleys for all age groups … for a sweep. Never seen that before in any stroke, much less the IM, which includes all strokes.
 
The Aquatomics snagged 2nd in the team scoring by 1.5 points over LOBO Aquatics of Albuquerque, behind the Chargers (also Albuquerque). This was the first time in decades the team has scored this high.
 
Next up, Western Zone Championships in Gresham, Ore.!