FARMINGTON — With the high school swimming and diving season winding down, Farmington High and Piedra Vista are rounding into form just in time for the district and state meets.
The two schools put up solid performances as they hosted the Panther-Scorpion Invitational on Saturday at the Farmington Aquatic Center.
"Everything went pretty good," FHS head coach Mike Ortiz said. "I had about 80 percent of the kids hit their best times of the season."
It was the final meet scheduled before the District 1 championships in Santa Fe on Feb. 14 and 15.
PV head coach Karen McCay said the Panthers have been strong throughout the season and the team continued to improve with each meet.
"We've had good growth through the season and a lot of swimmers hit their best times," McCay said. "We're a new, growing program and a lot of good things are ahead."
Both coaches said the credit for the improvement during the year goes to the kids for the hard work they've put into their sport.
"They are training harder and better," Ortiz said. "They are owning up to what working hard means and they enjoy it. We're learning to race properly and working on tempo drills right now."
With district less than three weeks away, the most critical portion of the athletes' training lies ahead as they look to get into qualifying position for a spot in the state meet.
"We'll be working really hard for two weeks, really pushing ourselves, then begin tapering off right before district to allow the kids to rest," McCay said.
The district meet in Santa Fe will be the final chance for the swimmers and divers to hit their qualifying times and scores for the state meet in Albuquerque on Feb. 21 and 22.
"Our goal is to really get fast times, especially with a lot of athletes ranked in their personal events," McCay said. "We also have a lot of athletes right on the edge of qualifying for state. Multiple kids are within 1.3 seconds of the qualifying times."