Prep notes: Eldorado boys swimmers crush the field at metros

Jan. 24—It was a sweep at the Albuquerque Metro Swimming and Diving Championships for Eldorado High School.

A week after the girls won metros at the West Mesa Aquatic Center, the Eagle boys followed suit, putting up a huge total of 546.5 points last Saturday. Eldorado won every event at the meet except the 1-meter diving competition.

La Cueva scored 357.5 points to finish second, with Rio Rancho (342) third.

Mark Cecco of the Eagles swept the two sprint freestyle finals. He won the 50 in a swift time of 21.49 seconds, winning by nearly two seconds, a large margin. Eldorado also posted the second- and third-place finishes in this race, with Dallin Smith and Christian Woods (who tied for third). Cecco also added the 100 free title, in a time of 46.68 seconds, and a comfortable 4 1/2 -second margin over the runner-up.

Nolan Arnholt is Eldorado's top distance swimmer, and he took both of the longer freestyle finals.

He won the 200 free in a time of 1 minute, 40.04 seconds, six seconds in front of teammate Tristan Dons. Arnholt's victory in the 500 free saw him touch in 4:44.82, and 10 seconds ahead of the field.

Cole Bettis showed off his versatility for the Eagles, capturing the title in the 200 IM in 1:51.96. Betis was the only swimmer in the field to finish that race in under 2 minutes. He also was the 100 breaststroke champ, and his time (57.17 seconds) was 10 seconds ahead of teammate Gram Tsosie.

Krishna Clarke was the fourth of Eldorado's double individual winners. He took the 100 backstroke in 51.56 seconds, as the Eagles went 1-2-3 in this event including Dons and Daniel Holt. Clarke was the 100 butterfly champion in an even 50 seconds.

Tucker Blair of La Cueva was the 1-meter diving champion, scoring 312.70 points. Ryan Meek of the Bears had a pair of individual runner-up finishes, in the 500 free and the 100 fly.

Eldorado easily won all three relays. Bettis, Clarke, Smith and Dons won the 200 Medley by 11 seconds. In the 400 free relay, Bettis, Dons, Cecco and Arnholt demolished the field, winning by 22 seconds. And in the 200 free relay, it was Cecco, Smith, Clarke and Arnholt rolling to a 10-second win in the final.

GATORADE: Sandia Prep junior Kate Henderson this week was named the Gatorate girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Henderson had an exceptionally strong season, and finished third at November's Class 3A state meet. She also finished in the top 30 at the Nike Cross Southwest regional race.

DANCE CHAMPS: Albuquerque High's cheerleaders and Hope Christian's dance squad won titles last weekend at the Metro Championships. The Bulldogs outpointed La Cueva and Volcano Vista. The Huskies finished first in dance, followed by La Cueva and Atrisco Heritage.

POINTS PLATEAU: Valencia High girls basketball player Jadyn Montoya recently surpassed the 1,000-point career plateau for the Jaguars last Saturday against Santa Teresa.