Socorro swimmers show up big in Santa Fe

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The Socorro swim teams competed in the Horsemen Invite in Santa Fe on Jan. 12, and both teams had strong showings.

The girls placed third behind Santa Fe High and St. Mike’s with 441 total points, just four points out of second place and 24 points out of first place.

Jonathan Miller/ El Defensor Chieftain: Stephanie Hofner swims the breaststroke leg of the girls 20 medley relay during the Academy Invitational in Albuquerque on Jan. 19. Hofner also placed fifth in the girls 200 individual medley and sixth in the 100-yard freestyle at the Horsemen Invite in Santa Fe on Jan. 12.

The boys finished in second place behind the host Horsemen with 207 points, a full 46 points ahead of third-place Miyamura.

Teresa Lucero placed second in the girls 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:42.12, while Leanne and Autumn Goranson finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Sophomore Charli Gonzales placed second in the girls 200-yard individual medley in 2:42.13, and Stephanie Hofner finished fifth with a time of 3:00.83.

In the girls 100-yard butterfly, Nena Botko claimed first place, finishing in 1:22.95, and Goranson came in fourth in 1:28.55. Hofner placed sixth in the girls 100-yard freestyle and Katrine Hareland and Aurelia Chavez finished first and second, respectively, in the girls 500-yard freestyle.

Socorro finished third in the girls 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2:07.55.

Botko and Mirjana Gacanich finished in second and third place respectively in the girls 100-yard backstroke, and Gonzales placed third during the girls 100-yard breaststroke.

On the boys side, Socorro placed second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:05.91, and Kash Winningham finished fifth in the boys 50-yard freestyle in a time of 26.45.

Tyler Crespin, Jeremy Gallego and Jacob Walsh placed eighth, ninth and 10th respectively in the boys 100-yard freestyle and the Warriors came in third in the boys 200-yard freestyle relay. Winningham also placed second in the boys 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:13.63, and Greg Stover placed fourth in the same event in 1:17.66.

Matthew Lucero took first place in the boys 100-yard breaststroke with a winning time of 1:14.98.

Socorro competed Saturday at the 15th Annual Albuquerque Academy Invitational, the state’s biggest meet with more than 400 swimmers competing. For more on that event please read the Jan. 26 edition of El Defensor Chieftain.