Lady Cats move up in state swimming

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Raising performances to go above the bar is one thing. Going higher, while the bar is moving, is another. So, when the state swimming championships ended on Saturday, Clovis coach Vince DeMaio was pleased that his squad had made a modicum of improvement. The Wildcats, who finished 20th […]

Clovis swimmers head into final day

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis swim team got what it wanted in the Friday preliminary round at the state meet. Namely, that goal was to have a majority of its entrants still swimming on the final day. Thanks to some solid performances in the pool, only one relay team (the 400-yard […]

Clovis feels better prepared for state meet


Sophomore Amber Espinosa has a shot at qualifying for the state finals in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard relay, according to her coach. (Staff photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Faster times and another year of experience: It’s a combination Clovis swim coach Vince DeMaio hopes will translate into a major improvement at the […]

Clovis swimmers finishing solid season

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 […]

Clovis swimmers head into tough weekend

CNJ STAFF The Clovis High swim team will get a chance to see how it stacks up against the rest of the state Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. “It’s a very fast meet,” Clovis coach Vincent DeMaio said. “The fastest kids in the state will be there.” Twenty-five schools are expected to attend, he […]

Pyeatt ninth at state for Clovis swimmers

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — In a way, the sight of a Clovis Wildcat cap bobbing in and out of the water while ahead of the rest of the field was a dream come true Saturday for Lady Wildcats’ swimming coach Vincent DeMaio. While it is true that the victory of Clovis junior […]

Clovis coach starts feeder program for high school team


Clovis freshman Amber Espinoza swims the butterfly during practice Tuesday at the Play Inc. pool. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Swim Club had an unexpectedly good coming out party. Clovis High School junior Alyssa Pyeatt and Yucca freshman Amber Espinoza each qualified for the USA Swimming New Mexico […]

Clovis swimmers are optimistic


Clovis sophomore Durga Kesavan swims the breaststroke during practice Thursday at the Play, Inc. pool. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler The numbers are cut in half from a year ago, but Clovis High swimming coach Sheryl Holloway believes the girls who have come out for the second year of the program are the […]