Los Alamos Swimmers Lead New Mexico To 7th Place Finish At Western Zones Championship In Dallas, Texas

New Mexico Western Zones Championship Team. Photo Courtesy NM Zones Team

Saturday finalists included Duncan Henderson (first row, left), Anna Wetteland (second row, second from right) and Michelle Lo (first row, right). Photo Courtesy NM Zones Team

200 meter freestyle final with Duncan Henderson in lane two with gray cap competing for third. Photo by Kevin Henderson


Six swimmers from Los Alamos competed in the 2021 Western Zones Championship in Lewisville, TX August 4-7: William Borovina, Duncan Henderson, Michelle Lo, Emily McLaughlin, Owen McLaughlin, and Anna Wetteland. 

Notably, Anna Wetteland and Duncan Henderson, both age 14, were New Mexico’s high scoring athletes with 81 and 74 points, respectively. Anna finished 2nd in the 100 fly, 4th in the 400 IM, 5th in the 400 freestyle, 7th in the 100 free and 200 fly, and 8th in the 50 free. Duncan Henderson captured three 3rd places in the 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle, and 200 IM, a 5th in the 100 back and 7th in the 400 free. Michelle Lo (age 11) finaled in all three breaststroke events: 50 breast (9th), 100 breast (10th), and 200 breast (4th). Other finalists included: Owen McLaughlin (age 12) 16th in the 200 backstroke and William Borovina (age 14) 16th in the 800 free. 

The Western Zones were cancelled last year due to COVID and this year were run under tight restrictions including athletes staying with parents and limited spectators.