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
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.
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
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
Walker Aquatic Center staff and management was not only
cooperative, but went out of their way to support this meet. Thank
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,
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
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,