Give Back Tahoe: Truckee Tahoe Swim Team works to create fun for youth |

Give Back Tahoe: Truckee Tahoe Swim Team works to create fun for youth

The 2015-16 Truckee Tahoe Swim Team.
Courtesy Michelle Erskine |

TRUCKEe, Calif. — Two Truckee Tahoe Swim Team athletes have qualified to compete at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals in December. Under the direction of TTST’s new head coach, Cyrus Crews, more swimmers have qualified for national-level meets than ever before.

One of those qualifiers is Brittney Straw, a Truckee High senior. Brittney has achieved progressively faster times this year, especially in her signature event, the 200 meter breastroke. Qualifying for Junior Nationals is based solely on time, and at the recent Far Western Championships, which is an elite level meet that brings together competitors from across the country, Canada and Mexico, Brittney swam a blazing fast 200 breast, which earned her a second-place finish overall and a spot at Junior Nationals. Brittney will begin her collegiate career this fall, swimming for UC Santa Barbara.

The other qualifier is Cooper DeRyk. Cooper uses his 6-foot, 6-inch frame to his advantage in sprint distance events, and he has qualified in the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly. Cooper is a sophomore and looking forward to a fast swimming career throughout high school and beyond.

TTST was a participant in the TTCF Give Back Tahoe Campaign during the month of December and raised nearly $3,000 for its National Team. The funds raised will be used to help offset travel and coaching costs for National Team swimmers, which will enable all qualified athletes to participate regardless of any economic challenges.

TTST is a nonprofit program that strives to create a fun, competitive environment while helping swimmers build confidence, self-discipline, and integrity to prepare them for success in life’s endeavors. TTST welcomes all swimmers to the pool in the back of Truckee High School. In September, the team will move to the new aquatic center in the Truckee Recreation Building. Visit

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