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HOBBS — The Colt swim team had a successful day in their opening meet Saturday. Competing at the small but competitive Tori’s Meet in Hobbs, the NMMI boys came home with two bronze medals, a silver, and a fourth place, as well as competing in two relays.
“Everyone swam well today,” said coach Jan Olesinski. “It wasn’t a big meet, but Jeremy (Torres) was second and third in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and Donovan (Cuellar) was second in the 100-fly. That was good for kids who’ve only been swimming for one week.”
With eight boys, Olesinski also put together two relays — the 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle. And while they didn’t finish in the top three, they’ll be trying to improve on those times to qualify for state as the season goes on.
The only Lady Colt competing was Brooke Morgan in the 50-meter free.
And NMMI was by far the smallest team at the meet, which included 6A teams Hobbs and Carlsbad; 5A Artesia and Alamogordo; and three teams from Texas.
‘“Everybody had a good time and we competed well,” Olesinski said. “It showed them that they can compete, even if they are beginner swimmers.”
NMMI will be back in action Jan. 14 at the prestigious Academy Invitational in Albuquerque.
NMMI results at Tori’s Meet
Boys, team — 1, Hobbs, 216; 2, Pampa, 106; 3, Carlsbad, 75; 4, Artesia, 55; 5 NMMI, 42; 6, Midland, 36
50-meter free — 2, Jeremy Torres, 27.41; 9, Donovan Cuellar, 30.10; 10, Josedaniel Huereca, 30.33; 12, Gunnar Schwab, 32.18; 15, Francis Ikard, 33.06; 18, Jeremy Pinon, 33:59; 25, Nathan De La Cerda, 38.14
100-meter free — 3, Jeremy Torres, 1:05.51; 7, Josedaniel Huereca, 2:28.87; 8, Gunnar Schwab, 1:13.68; 11, Francis Ikard, 1:23.64; Byron Mitchell, 47.99
200-meter free — 4, Jeremy Pinon, 2:46.11
100-meter fly — 2, Donovan Cuellar, 1:15.13
200-meter medley relay — 6, Juan Diego Flynn, Jeremy Torres, Donovan Cuellar, , Jeremy Pinon, 2:18.11
200-meter free relay — 5, Donovan Cuellar, Gunnar Schwab, Francis Ikard, Jeremy Torres, 2:02.72; EXH, Josedaniel Huerca, Jeremy Pinon, Nathan De La Cerda, Byron Mitchell, 2:28.87;
50-meter free — 19, Brooke Morgan, 49.93
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”We have an almost totally new team this year,” said coach Jan Olesinski. “I have a lot of freshmen and sophomores, but while they don’t have a lot of swimming experience, maybe there’s a surprise in there.”
“I hope they perform better than last year,” the coach said.
The Flynns qualified for state, but only Tamara went, having a tough day, finishing 17th in the 100-yard freestyle and 19th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Emily LoCasio broke a school record in the breaststroke at state, and Olesinski is hoping Tamara can do the same this year.
“I hope she gets this record; it will be great if her and her brother go to state,” he said. “Other kids will try to get better and better, so you never know.”
Flynn, sophomore Jasmine Roy and freshmen Morgan Brook make up the small girls’ team. The big crop of boys includes five from the cross country squad: senior Byron Mitchell, sophomore Ryan Cuellar, and freshmen Nathan DeLaCerda, Laurence Miles, and Jeremy Piñon.
The remainder of the boys team includes seniors Jeremy Torres and Charlie Ryan; junior Garrett Peery; sophomores Robert Boyles, Josedaniel Huereca, Gunnar Schwab and David Stegall; and freshman Francis Ikard.
All the newcomers are an unknown quantity, but Olesinski is thinking positive.
“I’m excited. Not about winning about seeing them improve as the season goes on,” he said. “I think maybe some of the kids will start to swim well, and maybe we’ll have some luck with the relays.”
The Colts head out to their first meet Saturday, the Tori’s Invitational in Hobbs. Olesinski said it will be a chance for all his swimmers to get their feet wet, so to speak.
“This is our starting point,” he said.” All the freshmen who have never swam before will be in their first meet. I want to take everybody and even if they finish last, I don’t care. They’ll go and start.”
NMMI then has three meets in January before the District 3 meet Feb. 4 back in Hobbs, and the state meet in Albuquerque Feb. 17-18.
ALBUQUERQUE — Two Lady Colts got to swim against the best of the best at the state swim meet in Albuquerque Friday, and while neither made it to the championship race, both swam well.
“They swam good today. Emily swam really good,” said coach Jan Olesinski.
Emily LoCascio qualified for the consolation finals in both her races, breaking school records in each.
She finished 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke, topping the school record by six seconds, and 13th in the 200-yard individual medley, swimming 4.51 seconds faster than her personal best.
“So she did awesome,” Olesinski said.
Tamara Flynn’s day wasn’t quite as good. Still, she swam a personal best in the 100 breast, finishing 19th, and finished 17th in the 100-yard freestyle.
State swim meet, NMMI results:
200-yard individual medley — 13, Emily Locascio, 2:16.89
100-yard freestyle — 17, Tamara Flynn, 57.12
100-yard breaststroke — 11, Emily LoCascio, 1:10.37; 19, Tamara Flynn, 1:12.83
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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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CARLSBAD — With only one meet left before the state tournament, the Colt swimmers continued to improve their times at the Artesia Invitational Saturday.
Swimming at the Carlsbad High natatorium, no one qualified in a new race, but there were several first- and second-place finishes, some re-qualifications and some swimmers were just micro seconds away from those qualifying times.
The boys 200-yard freestyle relay team was one of those teams just missing the mark. Ben Clemons, Donovan Cuellar, Joshua Piñon and Juan Diego Flynn finished fourth with a time of 1:42.82
“They’re almost there,” said coach Jan Olesinski. “They missed the state qualifier by one second.”
The boys 200-yard medley relay re-qualified their time, placing third just hundredths of a second away from second place with a time of 1:56.13. And that despite having Joshua Piñon sub in for the missing freestyle swimmer who helped the team qualify Tuesday.
For coach Jan Olesinski, the day’s goal was to qualify four relays, and the biggest disappointment was not being able to swim the girls relays because of an absent athlete. Still, he was pleased with what he saw.
“We focused on the 200 (yard) relays today, and we did very good,” the coach said.
In the individual events, Emily LoCascio re-qualified in the 100-yard breast stroke, taking first while shaving two full seconds off her time, with Tamara Flynn in second, less than a second off the state time.
In the 50-meter freestyle, Flynn took first in 26.77 with LoCascio just behind in 27.33.
Juan Flynn had the highest finish for the boys, getting second in the 50 free, with Ben Clemens in fifth.
“I think they did good. They swam very good,” Olesinski said of the overall effort.
Because of the low numbers of NMMI swimmers — five boys and three girls — top team places are hard to come by. Both teams finished sixth — Clovis ran away with both team titles — but the Lady Colts only finished nine points behind Carlsbad, and the boys only 29 behind the Cavemen.
The Colts now have two weeks to slash those few seconds they need to make it to state — the District 3 meet will be back in Carlsbad Feb. 5 — and Olesinski is keeping his fingers crossed they can do it.
“I hope we qualify the boys (200-free) relay and I would like Tamara to qualify something,” he said.
They’ll spend the next two weeks studying each swimmer’s times, and putting them in the race where they have the best chance to qualify.