Truckee Tahoe Swim Team dazzles at Western Zones in Clovis, California
August 8, 2017
Six of Truckee's top swimmers traveled to Clovis, Calif., for five days of competition from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, for the Senior Western Zone Championship Meet, where the squad dove in against the best youth swimmers from the western United States.
The long-course meet attracts more than 1,200 swimmers each year, and by the time the last swimmer touched the wall in the Saturday, Aug. 5 finale, the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team had made their mark, capturing a seventh-place finish as a team out of 45 squads.
"We did very well," said Head Coach Cyrus Crews in an email to the Sun. "All six swimmers made time improvements … all of the Truckee Tahoe swimmers swam in one or more finals."
Kaikea Crews highlighted the squad's performances during the meet, with the 14-year-old finishing as the Western Zone Male High Point Champion. Crews would rack up 79 points during his seven events over the five days of competition. His top performance came in the 100-meter backstroke where he finished in first place with a time of 58.25 seconds. Crews' time in the race puts him as the third-ranked, 14-year-old in the nation out of all time standard categories for the 2017 swim season, according to USASwimming.org.
Crews would make four other finals during the meet, with his next best performance coming in the 200-meter backstroke for a second-place finish.
Also swimming for the team was Nevada state high school champion, Cooper de Ryk, who managed a second-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle. De Ryk would also team up with Brandon Yong, Hunter Hoffman, and Crews to swim to a third-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle relay. The group's time of 3:38.93 broke the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team record in the event.
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Megan Burrill also competed for the team, and had her best performance come in the 100-meter butterfly.
Kate Rye, Nevada state high school champion in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle out of Incline Village, also swam for the team, competing in seven events.
After the zone championships, Crews and de Ryk headed to East Meadow, N.Y., to compete in the Speedo Junior Nationals with the first day of competition on Tuesday, Aug. 8 (results not available at time of press).
"It is a major national meet for USA swimming and showcases the fastest 18-and-under swimmers in the USA," said Cyrus Crews.
De Ryk will compete in his three best events, according to Crews, with swims in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, and 50-meter freestyle. Kaikea Crews will compete in the 200-meter backstroke, 100-meter butterfly, and 100-meter backstroke.
The Junior Nationals will run from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12.