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Truckee swim team has numbers on its side

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

The Truckee High swim team is everything second-year head coach Vicky Dewey could ask for in a squad.

“We have great depth and a great attitude, and we have more boys out for the team, which is great,” Dewey said. “We have a handful of novice swimmers, but their learning curve is amazing. So it’s a great team.

“To me, attitude is everything, and Truckee has it.”

The Wolverines also have eight boys out for the team, which is six more than a year ago when juniors Arek O’Connell and Teague Mason were the only male swimmers in the mix. On the girls’ side, Truckee has a force of 18 swimmers, which is similar to year’s past.

Some are veterans of the sport, others not. But that’s OK, Dewey said, thanks to team captains like O’Connell and Julieta Rodriguez.

“Arek is a great team leader, not only with sportsmanship but also with helping the novice swimmers,” the coach said.

Aside from his leadership role, Dewey expects O’Connell to flat out perform for the Wolverines.

“I can tell he has big goals in mind. State is his to potentially win in the 50 and 100 freestyle,” Dewey said. “It’s up for grabs.”

O’Connell is already off to a hot start, winning the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke at the season-opening Incline meet this past Friday.

Dewey also is impressed with freshmen Cara Silvas and Sara Westmorland ” both of whom swim year-round and won races in the first meet. Sophie Aaron won two events at Incline as well, and Mason took second.

“With such a large number of girls, we’re pretty much covered in all events,” Dewey said. “With the boys it’s a little bit harder. Depth is key because it’s a team sport.”

Perhaps most important, however, Dewey likes that her team “conducts itself with sportsmanship.”