Photo from Albuquerque Metro Championships
Photo from Albuquerque Public Schools

On January 21, 2017 the La Cueva boys swim team battled for first place in metro. 

This was the first big competition in the swim season. It also sets the pace for the rest of the season, leading up to state. Last season Head coach Vince Sanchez led the boys to their first place victory at metro. Hopefully the boys can keep up this winning streak.

Although the team had a great meet, some swimmers did not meet all their goals. Sophomore swimmer Brenden Pepin wanted to qualify for state, but unfortunately did not meet his goal. “I worked hard and modified my swimming,” said Pepin. He raced hard getting a 5:42.08, missing the state time by 0:2.79 seconds.

Last year La Cueva boys also won metro, but in district and state did not have the same outcome. “Eldorado was our biggest competition,” said Junior Gabe Cuneo. This year may be different. Swimmer Jack Hoagland broke two team records and qualified for two All American times. He went a 1:41.27 in his 200 free and a 4:38.08 in his 500 free.

It is always great to receive the big trophy and get first. But the work doesn’t stop when that happens. The road to state is close for the swimmers and they have to train hard in order to achieve their goals.