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Eldorado girls dominate metro swimming, diving

Jan. 17—Eldorado's girls last weekend captured first place at the Albuquerque Metro Swimming and Diving Championships at the West Mesa Aquatic Center.

The Eagles scored 481 points to outdistance runner-up Rio Rancho (355) and third-place Albuquerque High (288).

Eldorado not only won all three relays (200 Medley, 400 free, 200 free), the Eagles also had victories individually in three of the four disciplines, plus a pair of double champions.

Francesca Benavidez won both freestyle distance races. She won the 200 free in a time of 1 minutes, 56.02 seconds, finishing 7 1/2 seconds ahead of Analise Aragon of West Mesa.

Those two also went 1-2 in the grueling 500 free final. Benavidez touched the wall in 5 minutes, 14.89 seconds, 22 seconds ahead of Aragon.

Arguably Eldorado's most versatile swimmer, Chloe Shaw was the metro champion in the 200 IM, with a time of 2:13.10. Shaw also added a victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.31).

Elena Busani of the Eagles was first in the 100 butterfly, with a time of 59.71 seconds, the only girl to finish in under 1 minute.

Makaela Perea had a first and second for Eldorado. She was the runner-up to La Cueva's Katherine Meek in the 100 backstroke, and Perea captured first in the 100 freestyle final.

The Bears also had a champion in diver Chloe Ashe, who scored 388.85 points as La Cueva went 1-2-3 in that event including Reed Moyer and and Rachel Hakes.

Cleveland also had an event winner in Ava Schlosser, the freestyle sprint champion. In the 50 final, she touched in 25.06 seconds.

The boys' metro meet is up next on Saturday at the West Mesa pool. The swimming portion of the program begins at 10:45 a.m.