Olympian spends time with Clovis swim team

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Olympian Sheila Taormina gives Clovis High School freshman Caitlin Myers advice on how to move her arms Tuesday at the Aquatic Center. Liliana Castillo The Clovis High School swim team swarmed tables at the Clovis Community Center Tuesday afternoon to write thank you notes to Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina. […]

Friday morning briefing: Pet video, swim lessons amd Smoke on the Water

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day Check out pets available at the animal shelter in our video of the day. Jump in The Portales City Pool is offering swim lessons. Lifeguard training is also available. Lessons are available at different levels of ability, and adults can take […]

City holding swim lessons

CNJ staff The City of Clovis will be holding swimming lessons this summer at the Clovis Aquatic Center, 1700 E. Seventh St. Sign-ups are ongoing, and will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m. at the Aquatic Center. Cost is $70 for the program, with ages 6 and up accepted. Lessons are offered in […]

Sign up for CCC’s learn-to-swim stroke class

Sign Up NOW for CCC’s Learn-to-Swim Stroke Class Learn to Swim Stroke School – Ages 5 and up This learn-to-swim stroke class is for beginning to advanced-level swimmers. Students will learn backstroke, freestyle, breast, and fly strokes plus basic fitness, hydration, and nutrition for swimmers.

Hold off before criticizing Phelps

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Michael Phelps, who inspired me to finally learn to swim, is apparently human. In the shadow of the Super Bowl, a photo surfaced, showing Phelps smoking marijuana from a bong at a November 2008 party. Call my editors. I need an extra 300 words. I can’t fit all the punchlines: […]

Swim offers travel back in time

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist First, I need to make an update on the domestic violence bike ride. I’ve been in contact with a number of local riders and the final plan goes like this. In order to go in conjunction with Hartley House events at Clovis Community College (fun run and walk against domestic […]

Youth granted trip through Make-A-Wish

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jacob Thomson, 9, of Clovis packs away his stuffed dolphin, Monday for his trip to Florida, that was sponsored by the Make-A-Wish foundation and Faith Christian Family Church. This trip has been planned since his last stay in the hospital in April. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent If 9-year-old Jacob […]

Feb. 20 – Swim

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis junior Brandon Williams practices his breast stroke during swim team practice at Clovis Aquatic Center. The swim team will participate in the state championships this weekend in Albuquerque.

Clovis Aquatics Center reopens today

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Clovis Aquatics Center reopens today at 8 a.m. The pool at the center has been closed since December after failing to meet state standards. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Aquatics Center passed a state inspection Monday afternoon and will reopen today after being closed for nine […]

Lady Cats move up in state swimming

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Raising performances to go above the bar is one thing. Going higher, while the bar is moving, is another. So, when the state swimming championships ended on Saturday, Clovis coach Vince DeMaio was pleased that his squad had made a modicum of improvement. The Wildcats, who finished 20th […]

Clovis swimmers finishing solid season

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis swim team will cap off its best season in school history by sending at least four swimmers to the state championships on Feb. 17 in Albuquerque. For the state meet, senior Alyssia Pyeatt, sophomore Amber Espinoza, senior Victoria Erdmann and sophomore Yvette Fisher will swim both the […]

12/8 Student Profile

Aylssa Kate Pyeatt is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Sam and Lisa Pyeatt. What is your favorite TV show, past and present? My all-time favorite TV show would have to be “Boy Meets World.” What is so great about your favorite sport? Swimming is really fun because I am […]

CHS swim program building

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Clovis junior Laura Pyeatt swims laps during practice Friday at the Play Inc. pool. The swim team travels to Hobbs today for a meet. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For most people, Tuesdays are just another day of the week. For the Clovis High swim team, they are something […]

Time to get back into the swim of things

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I love water and I’m having a big splash this summer getting back into the swim of things. Water is one of my greatest weaknesses. I dream of water, in some form or another, almost every night. I read that water represents sensual desires, but maybe these continuous dreams have […]

Clovis swimmers optimistic for state

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CHS coach Vince DeMaio thinks Alyssa Pyeatt can finish in the top eight in the 100-meter breaststroke. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Timing is everything for the Clovis girls swim team. The Lady Wildcats worked on relay exchanges in their final practice Thursday before the state swimming and diving championships […]

Board supports wellness center

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board Tuesday night approved a resolution in support of the $7.5 million Wellness and Youth Development Center proposed for construction at Spencer Park. The center would supply Clovis with a regulation-sized pool for community use and use by the Clovis swim team. “As the City Commission […]

Strong offseason gives Lady Cats hope

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Clovis senior Erin Holland swims the breaststroke during a cool down lap Thursday at practice. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Through its three-year existence, the Clovis girls swimming team has never qualified anyone for the state meet. The Lady Wildcats hope to change that in February. First-year coach Vincent DeMaio […]

Clovis coach starts feeder program for high school team

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Clovis freshman Amber Espinoza swims the butterfly during practice Tuesday at the Play Inc. pool. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Swim Club had an unexpectedly good coming out party. Clovis High School junior Alyssa Pyeatt and Yucca freshman Amber Espinoza each qualified for the USA Swimming New Mexico […]