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Torpedoes near end of summer season

Dan Ingalls
Special to the Sun

The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team (TTST) has taken its second-to-last step toward reaching the end of the 2005/2006 season.

As one of Truckee’s only year-round athletic teams (excluding the month of August), the group has come a long way over the last year. With a transition in the coaching staff, increased enthusiasm showed during each of the Junior Olympic swim meets the TTST Torpedoes attended. In many cases, the team was nothing less than a wrecking ball to the old structures of TTST history.

Record-setting numbers of swimmers aggressively took on the challenges of competitive swimming during the year, and vivid results were seen during the year due to hard work. A record number of TTST swimmers qualified for the short course (25-yard format) Junior Olympics in the early half of the season. Another record was set recently for the number of swimmers qualifying for the Junior Olympics long course (50 meters).

This turnout of TTST swimmers for the long course JOs is additionally impressive due to the fact that they don’t have a 50-meter facility in which to train. During the long course JO meet, the Torpedoes fired with everything they had to hold teams twice their size at bay.

– Alex Davis, 10, qualified for five events and raced all five with the hart of a lion. Powering through his 200M individual medley event, Alex pulled down an impressive personal best time of 3:33.26.

– Addison Dvoracek, 10, who also qualified for five events, took his talents to the entire field by taking seventh overall in the competition. Addison’s hard work, coupled with his aggressive race-day focus are what make Addison’s aquatic future so bright.

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– Jake Hamilton, 8, was the image of a true sprinter in the 50M freestyle event. In addition to recording a personal best time of 40:57 during the event, Jake was able to take second place overall.

– Annie Kruck, 10, made the field work during a very closely contested 50M backstroke. Not making a personal best during the event did take an ounce of enjoyment away from Annie, as she put in a lot of work to qualify for the event.

– Brittany Percin, 9, qualified for five events but was not able to make it to both days of the meet. Brittany put down a blazing personal best time of 1:45.16 in the 100 fly race. She also had a personal best time of 40:01 in the 50M free.

– Braighlee Silvera, 12, qualified for three events but was only able to race the 50 backstroke. Braighlee, a powerhouse in the backstroke and breaststroke events, will likely qualify for more long course racing in the future.

– Britteny Straw, 8, qualified and raced seven events during the two days. As her competition was watching the determination in her eyes before each race, they shook in their flip-flops knowing they would be hitting the water next to Brittney.

– Alex Straw, 10, was the man behind the controls of the TTST wrecking ball as he qualified for nine long course events, with ninth place being his worst finish. Putting the hammer down on the field, Alex took home two ninth-place finishes while finishing fourth three times and third three times. The most impressive race of the day for Alex was the 100M backstroke. Coming into the meet with a 1:26.38 personal best, Alex dropped more than three seconds to make it to the finals. In the finals Alex dropped another three seconds to take an overall first place.

With the season winding down for the year, the TTST Torpedoes have set their sights set on the last meet of the season coming up in Quincy. The team is expecting a great turnout for Quincy, as the meet is also a weekend campout and festival that all the swimmers and their families get to enjoy.