Eldorado High swim team missing district meet over missed deadline

A high school swim team will have to sit out the district meet this weekend, because their coach dropped the ball. 

For a lot of those swimmers, this would have been their last chance to compete or qualify for state. 

“They’re really sad,” said Elora O’Neil, the captain of the Eldorado High School swim team. 

The swim season ended early and unexpectedly for some Eldorado swimmers. Their coach was required to submit an entry form for this weekend’s district meet by Wednesday afternoon. She missed the deadline by 20 minutes. 

“I understand how she didn’t make it in, she’s a very busy person. She’s a kindergarten teacher, she also coaches for a club team. She has a lot on her plate,” said O’Neil. 

Now, her team is paying the consequences because that missed deadline means they can’t swim in this weekend’s district meet. 

District is the last hurrah for some of the swimmers and the last chance to qualify for state. 

“There are a bunch of kids that are right on the border of qualifying, and they can’t now because they can’t swim this weekend,” said O’Neil. 

Their coach Heidi Barsun created a petition asking the district to reconsider their decision. 

Friday afternoon, an Albuquerque Public Schools spokesperson said they had not heard anything about the petition. 

The district said the decision to keep Eldorado High from swimming this weekend was not theirs, but couldn’t say who made that call. 

Eldorado is one of four teams that didn’t make the deadline. 

Sandia High School also missed the cut, but the district didn’t know which other two schools failed to make the deadline. 

The New Mexico Activities Association also said it has nothing to do with this district meet. This is the Eldorado coach’s first year with the team. 

To sign the petition, click here.

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