By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
The Clovis swim team will cap off its best season in school history by sending at least four swimmers to the state championships on Feb. 17 in Albuquerque.
For the state meet, senior Alyssia Pyeatt, sophomore Amber Espinoza, senior Victoria Erdmann and sophomore Yvette Fisher will swim both the 400-yard and 200-yard freestyle relay. Also, Pyeatt will swim the 100-yard breaststroke and Espinoza will swim the 100-yard butterfly.
The Lady Wildcats also have qualified in the 200-yard relay, but have not named who will swim the event.
“I’m really exited about it,” Pyeatt said. “It’s time for all of our hard work to pay off.”
This will be Pyeatt’s second year at the state meet.
“It was kind of a new experience last year,” Pyeatt said. “Now I know what to expect.”
In the district meet on Saturday at Carlsbad, the Clovis girls finished second to Hobbs by two points. However, Hobbs received 10 points for diving, an event the Lady Wildcats had to forfeit because they don’t have a diving team.
“We certainly consider it a win,” Clovis coach Vincent DeMaio said. “Our kids swam well enough to win.”
The team practices at Play, Inc., which does not have a diving facility.
“That was actually the second meet this year we lost as a result of diving,” DeMaio said. “We don’t have any kind of a diving venue here, so we focus on swimming.”
This season, the Lady Cats have finished first in one meet, and either second or third in a handful of others. DeMaio said it was an exceptional year not only for his team, but for any team on the eastern side of the state.
For the boys, no swimmers have qualified so far, but sophomore Miles Ware is on the cusp and hopes to get in this weekend.
Ware will swim on Saturday in Albuquerque. To qualify, he needs to shave 1.5 seconds off his 100-yard freestyle, and .2 seconds off his 50-yard freestyle.