Olympian Debbie Meyer steps down as Truckee-Tahoe swimming coach | Opinion | SierraSun.com

Olympian Debbie Meyer steps down as Truckee-Tahoe swimming coach | Opinion

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team members, past and present. After eight years of being at the helm of the swim team, I decided to retire.

I have been in the competitive world of swimming as a competitor, teacher and coach for 55 years. I can¹t complain about my competitive career; accomplishing Olympic gold medals, making kids safer in the water through teaching and last but not least, finishing up my coaching career with the amazing young swimmers in the Truckee-North Tahoe area.

Eight years ago, TTST parents and I started gathering information regarding building a new aquatic facility. TDRPD came on board after attendance at a USA Swimming “Build a Pool” conference.

It has been a long journey with many ups and downs, but the new aquatic center is under way! Thank you to the town and all the families that put in tireless hours bringing our dream to fruition.

From a team of fewer than 40 swimmers and a few dollars in the bank in 2007, we are solvent and have had over 110 swimmers on the team. The following are first time achievements in the history of TTST swimmers:

Swimmers advancing to college swimming: Marcus and Kaleb Rodarte (Ventura College), Jake Hamilton (Florida Institute of Technology), Brenden McKeen (Cuesta College) and Sam Robertson (CuestaCollege).

Swimmers obtaining a university swimming scholarship: Alex Straw (University of Hawaii).

Swimmers achieving Junior and Senior National time standards: Alex Straw and Cooper DeRyk.

I am very proud of all the swimmers on the team, from the Mini Minnows to the Senior group, and I would like to express heartfelt thanks to all the coaches I have worked with: Betsy Hansen, Sarah Clement, Dan Ingalls, Megan Evans, Zach Hixson, Michelle Johnson, Jenah Dawson, Mike Carr and Jessie Koltz. I will miss you all!

I hope to see everyone around town, as I am not leaving. I will still be teaching swimming, conducting swim clinics and participating in motivational speaking. And, I will definitely be spending more time on the ski slopes and the golf courses!

Best of luck to TTST and the new head coach, Cyrus Crews. The team is in good hands!

Debbie Meyer is a three-time Olympic swim champion (200-meter, 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle in the 1968 Mexico City Games) and current Truckee resident.

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