Incline swimmers impress at Junior Olympic meet
Three Incline Village swimmers on the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team participated at the Sierra Nevada Swimming Long Course Junior Olympics from July 18-21 in Redding, Calif.
Battling stiff competition and struggling to stay cool in triple-digit heat, 10-year-old Rebecca Waterson sprinted into the record books.
Waterson kicked off the meet on Thursday with a 50 butterfly swim at 32.19, which not only won her first place in her age group, but also broke a Sierra Nevada Swimming record from 1998 as well as a new Junior Olympic record.
Adding on to that achievement, Waterson also won the 50 backstroke and medaled in five other events (100 fly; 50 free,100 free, 400 free and 100 back).
Waterson, a soon-to-be a sixth-grader, travels next to San Jose for the 2013 Speedo Far Western Long Course Championships, where she will race against top age-group swimmers from across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Newly minted teenager Kate Rye had only a month to meet qualifying times for her new age group.
Not only did she compete in four events (50 free, 100 free, 400 free, and 100 breast), she also made significant time drops in each. In her 400 free, her strong performance showed with an almost 10-second time drop.
Rye will be an eighth-grader at Incline Middle School, where she will also compete in cross-country and track.
Ally Lockard, 11, swam a full slate of events — seven individual events and four relays. Lockard made significant time drops in her 200 and 400 free events with 5 1/2 and 12 1/2 second drops, respectively.
Lockard, a solid performer who can be counted on to drop time at meets, swam to many higher time standards at the meet.
Lockard also attends Incline Middle School and will be a seventh-grader in the fall. While all three girls train hard, it is Lockard’s infectious smile that is sure to get Rye and Waterson to giggle even during the toughest of practice sets.
In addition, Rye and Waterson were selected along with three other TTST teammates to swim in the Age Group Western Zone all-star meet in Roseville.
They are representing Sierra Nevada Swimming as it competes against 10 other swim LSC’s across the western United States.
The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. Debbie Meyer, Olympic Hall of Famer and three-time gold medalist, heads up the coaching staff. To find out more information go to http://www.truckeeswim.com.