O’Connell leads Truckee High swim team
Truckee High swimmers got a full taste of their Sierra League competition at the Aqua 5 meet in Carson City on Saturday. They returned to Truckee knowing they could compete with the best.
Wolverines captured three of the top eight spots on the girls’ side and two of the top eight places among the boys, including a first-place performance from senior Arek O’Connell.
The meet was an individual competition made up of five events ” the 100 free, 100 fly, 100 breast, 100 back and 50 free ” and featured about 50 girls and 35 boys, said Truckee coach Vicky Dewey. It included each of the six Sierra League schools ” Truckee, Sparks, Incline, Wooster, Hug and Damonte Ranch.
“I thought the kids did great. It’s impressive that they raced all five events, and did well in all of them,” Dewey said, adding that not every swimmer from every school competed in each event.
“I think we’re in pretty good position right now.”
O’Connell placed first in four of the five events and was second in the 100 breast.
Freshman Justin Ondry was fourth overall, placing sixth in the 100 back, third in the 100 fly, fifth in the 50 free, fifth in the 100 free and fifth in the 100 breast.
Angela Rasso finished sixth overall and was followed by teammates Rebecca Alcaraz in seventh and Michelle Hoehn in eighth.
Raso placed 12th in the 100 free, 14th in the 100 breast, 14th in the 100 back, eighth in the 100 fly and 14th in the 50 free.
Alcaraz finished eighth in the 100 free, ninth in the 100 breast, 21st in the 100 back, ninth in the 100 fly and 10th in the 50 free.
Hoehn was ninth in the 100 free, 17th in the 100 breast, 12th in the 100 back, 10th in the 100 fly and fifth in the 50 free.