Warrior swimmers put together solid performance

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The Socorro swim team traveled to Farmington on Jan. 26 to participate in the Panther-Scorpion Invitational, and both the boys and girls teams continued to produce quality results.

The girls finished in fourth place out of 11 teams with 225 team points, while the boys placed sixth out of 11 teams, finishing with 176.5 points.

The Lady Warriors started the morning off right with a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2 minutes and 15 seconds flat. Saturday's relay team comprised Mirjana Gacanich, Charli Gonzales, Nena Botko and Stephanie Hofner.

Teresa Lucero placed seventh in the girls 200-yard freestyle, Leanna Jojola finished ninth and Autumn Goranson came in 11th. Gacanich scored 13 points for her team by finishing sixth in the girls 200-yard individual medley, and Gonzales placed ninth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Goranson and Botko placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the girls 100-yard butterfly.

In the girls 200-yard freestyle relay, Botko, Aurelia Chavez, Hofner and Gonzales placed fifth, finishing in a time of 2:01.29. That relay team is fewer than three seconds from a state-qualifying time.

Gonzales took second place in her signature event, the 100-yard breaststroke, with a time of 1:16.08.

The ladies finished out the day with a seventh place finish in the girls 4×100 freestyle relay.

On the boys side, the relay team of Kash Winningham, Matthew Lucero, Tyler Crespin and Jeremy Gallegos placed second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:02.68.

In the boys 50-yard freestyle, Winningham finished fourth in 26.61, Crespin tied for fifth and Jacob Walsh placed 18th.

Lucero earned himself and his team a first-place finish in the boys 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.28, and Winningham was right behind him in fourth place, finishing in 1:14.12.

In the boys 100-yard freestyle Crespin took seventh place and Walsh finished in 12th, while the relay squad of Lucero, Crespin, Gallegos and Winningham put together another strong performance in taking second place in the boys 200-yard freestyle relay.

Lucero also took second place in the boys 100-yard breaststroke, posting a time of 1:13.54.

Socorro swimmers will have three more opportunities this season to turn in state-qualifying times on Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16. The New Mexico State Championships are scheduled for Feb. 22-23 in Albuquerque.