Truckee swimmers represent at State |

Truckee swimmers represent at State

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunTruckee senior Arek O'Connell, shown at a home meet on April 22, placed fourth in both the 50 free and 100 free at State on Saturday.

Truckee senior Arek O’Connell and his Northern Nevada cohorts swam into some stiff competition from the South at the State Swimming Championship on Saturday.

Hosting the meet at the UNLV pool, Southern Nevada swimmers swept the podium in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 free, while O’Connell took fourth in both races.

“I don’t know where they came from,” Truckee head coach Vicky Dewey said of the top three swimmers, explaining that she didn’t recognize any from the 2007 championship.

“Arek did the best he could, but I think he was a bit disappointed with his times.”

O’Connell, the No. 1 seed from the North in each event, swam the 50 free in 22.17 to winner Martin Vanis of Coronado’s 21.41. O’Connell’s time was a shade over his personal best of 21.68, which he set at the Northern 4A Regional Swimming Finals on May 10.

Jay Sirat of Palo Verde finished second in the 50 free with a time of 21.58 and Robert Michaelson of Faith Lutheran was third in 22.02. Reno’s Fritz Roepke, the North’s second seed and O’Connell’s main rival in the event, placed fifth in 22.32, and Chris Dewey of Incline was eighth in 22.86.

O’Connell posted a 48.56 in the 100 free, which also was slightly off his winning time (47.94) at regionals. Sirat of Palo Verde won with a mark of 46.50. He was followed by Brian Marinez of Arbor View (47.19) and Michaelson of Faith Lutheran (22.02). Dewey finished eighth in 51.67.

“It was a great all-around year for Arek; he has a great future in front of him,” Vicky Dewey said, adding that O’Connell plans to swim competitively in college.

Truckee freshman Cara Silvas was the only other athlete to represent the Wolverines at the State Swimming Championship.

Entering the state meet as the second seed from the North in the 500 free, Silvas finished sixth in 5:16.07, shaving more than two seconds off her time at regionals (5:18.42).

Addie Oswald of Silverado won the 500 free in 5:06.26 and was followed by Ingrid Cardenas of Reno (5:07.80) and Courtney Maddock of Faith Lutheran (5:09.19).

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