Two more NMMI swimmers qualify for state

NMMI Sports Press

CtSwimNavBarGraphic2_000_002_002CARLSBAD — The Colt swim team picked up three more state-qualifying races at the District 3 meet in Carlsbad Saturday, with Tamara Flynn swimming two very strong races.

The junior finished second in both the girls 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breast stroke — which would have earned her a state berth no matter what her time was.  But her times were so good — 56.98 in the free and 1:12.90 in the breast stroke — that she would have qualified nevertheless.

“Tamara swam very well,” said coach Jan Olesinski.

She had personal bests in both races, improving both times by several seconds.

Also qualifying was Tamara’s bother, Juan Diego Flynn, who finished second in the 50-yard freestyle, cutting his time by .30. He also finished fifth in the 100-yard backstroke.

Both Ben Clemens and Jason DiNio took home eighth-place finishes in the 50 free.

The Carlsbad finishes mean seven Colts will be traveling to Albuquerque to compete in the state meet Feb. 19-20.

Senior Emily LoCascio has qualified in  the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breast stroke, and the boys 200-meter medley relay team of Juan Flynn, Trevor O’Bryon, Donovan Cuellar and Ben Clemens will also be competing. (Joshua Piñon will also go, as he swam when the Colts requalified the relay.)

And with the season coming down to the final meet, Olesinski was happy with how his team did.

“Everyone swam good races,” he said. “Our goal was to qualify another two swimmers, which we did.”

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