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The Artesia High School swim teams’ inaugural outing of 2017 may not have been the most impressive in terms of overall results, but there are two pretty good reasons for that: The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs are overwhelmingly wet behind the ears, pun intended, in 2017.

And they still don’t have a pool.

Those major factors considered, the AHS athletes gave it their all Saturday at the Carlsbad Invitational, and head coach Shelley Ebarb believes their work ethic will continue to serve them well as the season progresses.

“This is an enthusiastic, hard-working group of swimmers,” Ebarb said. “Now that they’ve gotten their ‘feet wet,’ I believe they’re all going to show a lot of improvement as their technique improves and they get more experience, in spite of the lack of pool time.”

This year’s swim program is comprised of 27 athletes, 16 of whom are entirely new to the sport at the high-school level and only four of whom have been members of the team for more than one season.

With the help of some of those more experienced swimmers, the teams were able to post some solid finishes, including a third-place showing by the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Carson Anderson, Ian Robson, Dakota Thatcher and Chaise Wolf with a time of 1:52.81.

Coming in fourth overall were Wolf in the boys’ 200-yard individual medley with a 2:36.87, the girls’ 200-yard medley relay group of Shania Noble, Madilynn Moon, Hannah Shannon and Kylee Heady, 2:21.00, and Shannon in the girls’ 200 IM with a 3:00.12.

Overall, the Lady ‘Dogs and Bulldogs finished sixth and fifth out of fields of six teams that included Clovis, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Piedra Vista and Farmington.

The Artesia swimmers will have a lengthy break before their next meet, scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 2 in Hobbs, and Ebarb says the squad will continue to make the most of what little practice time they have between now and then.

“All we can do right now is hang in there and refuse defeat!” said Ebarb.

Carlsbad Invitational Results

Girls’ 200 Medley Relay: Artesia “A” (Shania Noble, Madilynn Moon, Hannah Shannon, Kylee Heady), 4th, 2:21.00
Girls’ 200 Freestyle: Noble, 11th, 2:47.26
Girls’ 200 IM: Shannon, 4th, 3:00.12
Boys’ 200 IM: Chaise Wolf, 4th, 2:36.87; Carson Anderson, 6th, 2:49.85
Girls’ 50 Freestyle: Moon, 9th, 31.24; Shannon, 12th, 31.55; Heady, 17th, 32.73; Emma Greenwood, 23rd, 35.60; Destiny Barrera, 24th, 35.83; Cleya Thatcher, 26th, 36.99; Sierra Bramwell, 32nd, 42.97; Karina Bolanos, 33rd, 43.21; Syann Perez, 37th, 4474; Blanca Reyes, 38th, 45.50; Alani Rivera, 40th, 46.76
Boys’ 50 Freestyle: Wolf, 4th, 25.99; Dakota Thatcher, 8th, 28.36; Taylor Green, 18th, 32.75; Issac Bramwell, 19th, 33.81
Girls’ 100 Freestyle: Heady, 9th, 1:13.79; Barrera, 17th, 1:25.83; Bolanos, 18th, 1:39.74; Bramwell, 21st, 1:45.58; Rivera, 22nd, 1:51.59; Reyes, 23rd, 1:52.90; Perez, 24th, 1:53.16
Boys’ 100 Freestyle: Ian Robson, 10th, 1:17.97; Jace Salgado, 13th, 1:18.99; Bramwell, 15th, 1:22.03
Girls’ 200 Freestyle Relay: Artesia “A” (Shannon, Heady, Moon, Noble), 9th, 2:14.46; Artesia “B” (Greewood, Bailey Owens, Abriel Phelps, Thatcher), 13th, 2:26.78; Artesia “C” (Rivera, Reyes, Perez, Bolanos), 15th, 3:05.26
Boys’ 200 Freestyle Relay: Artesia “A” (Anderson, Robson, Thatcher, Wolf), 3rd, 1:52.81
Girls’ 100 Backstroke: Noble, 7th, 1:23.33; Greenwood, 10th, 1:30.45; Owens, 13th, 1:42.87
Boys’ 100 Backstroke: Green, 7th, 1:28.69
Girls’ 100 Breaststroke: Moon, 7th, 1:28.69; Bailey Callaway, 17th, 2:13.89
Boys’ 100 Breaststroke: Salgado, 11th, 1:37.88
Girls’ 400 Freestyle Relay: Artesia “A” (Bramwell, Barrera, Callaway, Owens), 8th, 6:15.13
Boys’ 400 Freestyle Relay: Artesia “A” (Bramwell, Green, Salgado, Thatcher), 6th, 5:21.39