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Girls swimming to the top

LARA MULLIN, Sierra Sun

The mission: three more first place relay finishes.

The Truckee girls’ swim team accomplished just this on Friday, March 23 as they swept Churchill 108-30 to the delight of the dozens of TTHS fans who packed into the Wolverine pool area.

Leslie Ajari, Lauren Browning, Lindsay Collin and Kara LaPoint – the dynamic behind the girls 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay – took home first in both events, thus adding to their already impressive season stats. All four ladies also placed in the top three in their individual events.

The foursome’s final time for the 200 medley was 1:58.86, just seconds off the school record set in 1997. The ladies also just missed the record mark in the 200 free with a speedy 1:48.68 finish.

Jasmine Eiseberg, Lisa Kucera, Shannon Lankenau and Robyn Moore all had impressive individual swims and came together to garner a first place finish in the 400 free relay with a final time of 4:30.29. Freshman Haley Long also had a solid performance in the 100 fly, taking home second place and qualifying for zones.

Junior Shannon Lankenau swam in for a first place in the 200 freestyle and a second in the 100 freestyle while Becca Logan cut 10 seconds off her breastroke time to also qualify for zones.

The Wolverine boys once again had a great meet, yet lost to Churchill 26 to 46. Wes Ajari, a veteran who is no stranger to domination in the pool, left his competitors in his wake with two first place finishes in the 200 free and the 100 back.

Aaron Browning also kept the small Wolverine school of male swimmers in the running with second and third place finishes in his events. With a near personal best time of 1:01.74, Nikolai Travis took home the top honors in the 100 fly and a second in the 50 free with a time of 24:16.

Also keeping the TTHS boys afloat was Joe Dahlen with a personal best time in the 100 freestyle. Ajari, Browning, Travis and Dahlen have all qualified for the zone championships in at least one event and are looking strong heading into tomorrow’s home meet against Sparks at 2 p.m.


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