Incline swimming | Freshman Kate Rye wins 50 free, sets school records at state | SierraSun.com

Incline swimming | Freshman Kate Rye wins 50 free, sets school records at state

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Four members of the Incline swim team qualified to compete this past weekend in the Division I-A state championships. Pictured left to right are coach Rob Laurie, Rachel Meyer, Kate Rye, Ciera Winberg, Annie Graffis and coach Meagan Ballew.
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If her state championship results are any indication, Kate Rye looks to have a bright swimming future.

The Incline freshman won the Division I-A state title in the 50-yard freestyle and placed second in the state in the 100 free at the Carson Aquatic Center this past Saturday.

Rye, who won Northern regional titles in the 50 free and 100 free the week prior, shaved time in both events in the state meet. In the process, she also set new school records in both — to go along with her school records set during the season in the 200 free, 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.

Rye posted a winning time of 24.68 seconds in the 50 free, which was more than a second faster than runner-up Jessica Purdy of Boulder City (25.72). She finished second in the 100 free with a time of 54.17.

Incline swimmer Ciera Winberg, who also qualified to compete in two events at state, finished seventh in both the 200 free (2:18.81) and the 100 backstroke (1:12.56). Winberg placed second in the 200 free at regionals and was fourth in the 100 back. The top four finishers in each event at regionals qualified for state.

Winberg and Rye also were part of the Incline girls 200 medley and 200 free relay teams along with Anna Graffis and Rachel Meyer.

Their 200 free relay finished fifth in 1:54.33, and the 200 medley relay was seventh in 2:12.08. The top four finishers in each event received a medal.

Despite competing with only four swimmers — and against larger Division I-A schools — the Incline girls finished seventh out of 13 teams in the state meet, with 32 points. Boulder City won with 145 points and was followed by Truckee (104) and Sierra Vista (74). Besides Incline, the only other Division III school to make state was Sage Ridge, whose girls finished 11th.