CHS girls third in district meet

CNJ staff

SANTE FE — In their final outing before the state championships, Clovis High teams competed well in district swimming championships Saturday morning at Santa Fe High, with the girls placing third and the boys finishing sixth.

Characterized as a fast-paced meet by Clovis coach Vincent DeMaio, each of the 14 boys and girls teams set school records.

New Mexico Military Institute took first place for the boys with 132 points, and Las Cruces High won the girls side with 178 points.

Clovis junior Miles Ware won the boys 100-meter backstroke district championship with a time of 1:07.71, a new district record, and placed second in the 200-meter individual medley race.

“Everybody swam very well, and Miles had a great day,” DeMaio said. “I think it sets this team up for the state championships.”

Clovis’ girls won the 200-meter medley relay with a new district record time of 2:23.83 while sophomore Claire Simpson had the best individual showing for the girls, taking second place in the 100-meter freestyle.

“I think it helps their confidence,” DeMaio said. “They know they can race with the top kids in the state.”

Ware has qualified for four state championship events and one relay, while junior Amber Espinoza has made it to one event and two relays.