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After long break, Tigers eager to hit more state-qualifying times at Demon Invite

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 1/16/20

The Taos high school swimming team has something to look forward to this upcoming weekend.

On Saturday (Jan. 18) the Tigers will head to Santa Fe to compete in the Demon Invite after having not competed since mid-December.

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After long break, Tigers eager to hit more state-qualifying times at Demon Invite

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The Taos high school swimming team has something to look forward to this upcoming weekend.

On Saturday (Jan. 18) the Tigers will head to Santa Fe to compete in the Demon Invite after having not competed since mid-December.

"We are looking forward to some fast swims after four good weeks of training sessions," Taos head coach Nancy Call said.

The swim meet will take place at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center and is hosted by Santa Fe High School. It starts at 10 a.m.

With three meets under their caps, the Taos swim team has had success insofar as individual state-qualifying teams as well as final team placements.

Collectively, the boys team hasn't finished outside of the top five, and their best finishing came at the Academy Mini Invite where they finished third overall out of eight total teams.

Since then, they've also had a fourth-place finish at the Bill Hudson Memorial Invitational in Los Alamos and fifth place at the Belen Invitational, which took place on Saturday (Dec. 14).

The girls have placed fifth as a team in all of their meets.

Individually, too, co-coaches Call and Craig Mallery have helped swimmers notch state-qualifying times.

Tiger sophomore Grace Goler has so far qualified for state in three different races. Most recently, she raced a state-qualifying time at the Belen Invitational in the 100 butterfly. Prior to that, she swam qualifying times in the 50 free and 100 free, respectively.

On the boys side of action, the team was able to qualify for the 400 relay at the Bill Hudson Invitational with an assembled squad of Estevan Salazar, Eddie Duran, Dillon Brown and Diego Griego.

Some of the swimmers on the team are on the hunt for qualifying times, too.

"Hopefully the team will come closer or swim fast enough to reach a few more state-qualifying times," Call said.

Call said that now with districts getting closer, some swimmers are starting to pinpoint which events they will compete in, further helping prepare to reach qualifying times.

The swimmers and Call are excited for the upcoming meet and will look to continue their recent string of success.

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