Rye captures pair of state swimming titles

Incline High School’s swimmers took part in the NIAA 3A State High School Swimming & Diving Championships in Carson City, Nev. last weekend, where junior Kate Rye won two individual state title, including her third consecutive state championship in the 50-yard freestyle.

The Lady Highlanders brought four swimmers to the competition on Saturday, May 20, and piled up 33 points to finish in sixth place out of 18 teams competing.

Rye would lead Incline at the meet, with her other state title coming in the 100-yard freestyle.

According to, Rye’s time of 24.40 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle broke her own school record, as she easily out touched second place, Boulder City’s Sarah Estes, by 1.60 seconds.

Six events later, Rye dove back into the pool for the girls’ 100-yard freestyle where she bested her seed time from the NIAA 3A Northern Regional Swimming and Diving Championships by over a second to take first place in the event with a time of 52.84. Rye came into the race as the state runner-up in the 100 freestyle as a freshman and sophomore.

Rye would then join with teammates Laurel Taylor, Rachel Meyer and Ciera Winberg for her final race of the meet, anchoring the Highlanders to a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:55.98. The girls improved on their time from regionals by nearly a half second, but couldn’t catch Boulder City, who finished 10 seconds ahead of second place, Truckee, with a time of 1:40.17.

Winberg, a senior, also competed in the 500-yard freestyle for Incline and finished in sixth place with a time of 6 minutes, 23.65 seconds. Winberg came into the race as the Northern Regional champion in the event.

The state meet concluded a strong year for the Incline girl’s swimming team. The Highlander’s finished in third place as a team at the regional meet, and also had three individual champions.

The team will graduate their only senior state qualifier in Winberg.

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