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May 27, 2014
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Truckee swimming | Wolverines earn state title hardware

The Truckee High swim team returned from the Division I-A state championship in Las Vegas this past weekend with a pair of second-place trophies to add to the school’s trophy case.

Competing with one of the smaller teams in the meet, both the Truckee boys and girls finished runner-up to Southern Nevada powerhouse Boulder City, which simply had too many swimmers covering too many events.

Boulder City’s girls took the team title with 220 points, while Truckee’s girls were second with 78 points and South Tahoe’s girls third with 65.

The Boulder City boys claimed the state title with 157 points to Truckee’s 74. Sage Ridge was third with 61 and Faith Lutheran fourth with 60.

Despite their small numbers in relation to Boulder City, the Wolverines earned multiple top finishes, highlighted by dual state titles won by Alex Straw and Brittney Straw.

Truckee also had to make due without one of its best swimmers, senior Brittany Percin, who sat out the state meet with an illness. Percin was regional champion in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200 free, and was part of the regional champion 200 medley and 400 free relays. Other Truckee girls battled through sickness as well at the state meet.

After traveling on a commercial bus with the South Tahoe and Douglas teams on Friday, Truckee swimmers turned out the lights early in preparation for a heavy day of competition at UNLV on Saturday.

Even though the squad was plagued by illness, Truckee’s girls 200 medley relay team of Niki Kates, Ingrid Suter, Brittney Straw and Kyla Burill rose to the occasion by earning a second-place finish.

From that point, the entire team’s energy level took off. Points continued to pile up for the girls starting with the performance of Nicole Shactner in the 200 free.

Sam Robertson drew first blood for the boys in the 200 free while Brittney Straw took first place in the individual medley with a time of 2:08.48. She was followed by her brother Alex also taking first place in the same event with a time of 1:52.18.

Suter and Burill performed well in the 100 butterfly, followed by Kaleb Rodarte taking a second and Robertson sixth in the same race for the boys.

Jake Hamilton and Marcus Rodarte turned the pressure up with their 100 free performances, and Shactner brought home the bacon in the longest event of the meet, the 500 free.

The 200 free relay made up of Sarah Manthorpe, Anna Keith, Shactner and Anne Kruck continued to stack points in the Truckee column.

Kates, followed by Marcus Rodarte, in the 100 backstroke, both took second place.

The dynamic duo of Brittney and Alex Straw delivered two more individual titles in their respective 100 breaststroke events, Brittney with a time of 1:05.09 and Alex with a time of 55.99.

The Truckee team was led by coaches Betsy Redmond, Dan Kates and Dan Ingalls.

— Sierra Sun Sports Editor Sylas Wright contributed to this report.

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