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NMMI swimmers close the gaps at Artesia Invite

Emily LoCasio in the 200-yard breaststroke

Emily LoCasio in the 200-yard breaststroke

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

Juan Flynn in the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay.

Juan Flynn in the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay.

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

Tamara Flynn in the 50-yard freestyle.

Tamara Flynn in the 50-yard freestyle.

“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.

Joshua Pinon in the 50-yard freestyle

Joshua Pinon in the 50-yard freestyle

“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.

Emily LoCasio in the 200-yard breaststroke

Emily LoCasio in the 200-yard breaststroke

“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.

Donovan Cuellar in the 200-yard breastroke

Donovan Cuellar in the 200 yard Breastroke

“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.

Ben Clemens in the breaststroke leg of the 200 -yard medley relay

Ben Clemens in the breaststroke leg of the 200 -yard medley relay

Jacob Pinon in the 50-yard freestyle

Jacob Pinon in the 50-yard freestyle

More Colt swimmers qualify for state

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CtSwimNavBarGraphic2_000_002_002CARLSBAD — The Colt swim team continued to work its way towards the state tournament, getting one more qualifying time under its swim cap, and earning some top places as well.

Competing at the Carlsbad Open on Tuesday, the NMMI 200-meter medley relay team of Juan Flynn, Trevor O’Bryon, Donovan Cuellar and Ben Clemens swam their way to the state meet. And while they had the only qualifying race Tuesday, coach Jan Olesinki is confident more of this athletes will make the grade in the next two weeks.

“We had a lot of good races very close to qualifying today,” he said. “Overall, we did good.”

Tamara Flynn just missed a state time in the 200-meter freestyle. She took first in 2:09.04.

“So she had another good race. I believe she can qualify next week,” the coach said

For the first time this season, all four Lady Colts were together, giving them a chance to work on their relays, and while they didn’t qualify, the took first in the 200 medley, with Tamara, Miranda Nepip, Emily LoCascio and Brittany Harris swimming a 2:11.46.

LoCascio won the 100-meter breast in a school record 1:14.23 and requalified in the 200-meter individual medley with a winning time of 2:22.76.

Flynn won in the 200 free and was second in the back stroke; Harris took second  in the 100-meter butterfly and Nepip was third.

Juan Flynn won the 200 IM and took second i9n the 100 breast. Clemens was second in the 100 fly and O’Bryon second in the 100 breast.

With two more meets at the Carlsbad pool over the next few week, he’s certain his swimmers can get their times down and meet the qualifying marks.

“They are all getting close,” he said.

NMMI will compete at the Artesia Invitational Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. in Carlsbad, then they’ll be back to the same site Feb. 6 for the District 3 championships.

Colt swimmers get another state qualifier

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CtSwimNavBarGraphic2_000_002_002ALBUQUERQUE — The Colt swim team traveled to Albuquerque Saturday to compete in the biggest meet of the year outside of the state tournament.

The Albuquerque Academy Invitational featured more than 400 swimmers from 45 schools in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado, and while official results aren’t yet available, NMMI coach Jan Olesinski sounded very pleased with how his teams performed.

“Everybody swam very good,” he said. “Almost everybody did their personal best. So it was a good, good meet.”

Senior Emily LoCascio qualified in the 100-meter breast stroke, going 1:14.28 to beat the qualifying time of 1:29:00.

“So she did very well,” Olesinski said.

With official results not available, Olesinski thinks she finished eighth in that race, and took fourth in the 200-meter individual medley, a race she’s already qualified in.

The boys 200-meter medley relay of Juan Flynn, Donovan Cuellar, Ben Clemens and Trevor O’Bryon qualified by time, but missed making the cut when one of the swimmers jumped too early, earning a disqualification. But Olesinski said their time was about five seconds under the mark, so they should be set at their next meet.

“They will qualify the next time,” he said. “They can do it. I was surprised they did this, so I know they can swim better the next time.”

Olesinski said the brother/sister team of Juan and Tamara Flynn also did well individually, with Juan swimming strong in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle, and Tamara in the 100 free and breast.

The Colts have a busy upcoming week. Tuesday they’ll travel to Carlsbad for the 5 p.m. Carlsbad Open, then Saturday they’ll be back in the Cave City to compete in the Artesia Invitational beginning at 10 a.m.

Colt swimmers prove they’re ready to compete

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HOBBS — A small crew of Colt swimmers traveled to Hobbs Saturday for Tori’s Invitational, and came home with some solid finishes and an early state qualification.

Competing against eight teams, including the host Eagles, Carlsbad, Artesia and several Texas teams, senior Emily LoCascio won the 200-meter individual medley, swimming 2:37.39 to earn a place at state. LoCascio also won the 200-meter breast stroke, while Tamara Flynn won the 50-meter freestyle and came in second in the 20 breast.

Miranda Nepip, the third Colt competing, finished eighth in the 50 free in 34.56.

“The girls swam very good,” said coach Jan Olesinski.

On the boys side, Juan Flynn finished second in both the 50 free (27.50) and 100 breast (1:09), and Ben Clemens took fifth in the 50 free (28.67) and seventh in the 100-meter butterfly (1:17.39)

The remaining four Colts, Joshua and Jacob Piñon, Trevor O’Bryon and Jason DiNio, didn’t bring home any medals, but got experience.

“They swam pretty good,” Olesinski said. “They didn’t place very high, but they swam well.”

The swimmers won’t be back in the water until Jan. 16, when they travel to Albuquerque for the Academy Invitational. Olesinski is hoping both his teams will have everyone eligible and ready to go by then, so the Colts can show just what they’ve got when they put a full team in the pool.

Young Colts, high hopes, for Institute swim teams


Karen Boehler

NMMI Sports Press

This year’s crop of Colt swimmers has some big shoes to fill, especially on the boys’ side of the aisle.

Gone are graduates Luke Shereston — a school record holder — Spencer Lane, Alvaro Cordovez and Fernando Rodriguez, who combined for five medals at the state meet. On the girls side, Amira Hindi, Samantha Ikard and Elise Coakley each graduated, leaving Tamara Flynn the lone returner from last year’s team.

But coach Jan Olesinski thinks this year, the four Lady Colts could be the ones making some waves at the state meet.

“If they do their best and really start to feel like they’re a team and do this for the team, we’ll be OK,” he said.

Flynn is a junior who competed in two relays and two freestyle races at state last February. She didn’t qualify for the finals, but Olesinski said she’s a very good swimmer.

New to the squad are senior Emily LoCascio, who tried to run cross country but was injured early; and sophomores Brittany Harris and Miranda Nepip.

With four girls, Olesinski hopes to put together four relays, while LoCascio and Flynn are solid individually in the breaststroke; Harris in the butterfly and Nepip in the fly and freestyle.

“They are overall good swimmers,” the coach said. “They will compete and have a chance to qualify for state.”

On the boys side, things are a bit iffier, but the coach is still thinking positive.

“We lost the whole team,” Olesinski said. “Four good guys. We had a great team last year, so we have new generation swimmers. Good freshmen. Good sophomores. Some juniors. Everybody on the roster is a good swimmer, and if they do their best, the team could be awesome.”

With only one meet before the long holiday break, the biggest question is who will return for the new year. Olesinski is still working to get swimmers qualified and make sure they have the grades to compete.

The lone returner from last year is sophomore Ben Clemens. Tamara Flynn’s younger brother, Juan is joining the squad, and Olesinski has high hopes for sophomore Trevor O’Bryon, a cross country runner, and junior Garrett Peery.

He said he has six to eight Colts he thinks can really compete, but with 16 on the roster, “If everybody comes back and does their job and they work hard and swim, we can have a surprise.”

NMMI opens its season Saturday at Tori’s Invitational in Hobbs, then gets back in the water Jan. 16 for a solid month of meets leading up to the state meet in Albuquerque Feb. 19-20.