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Incline swimming | Rye, Highlanders perform well in regional championships

Staff report

The Incline swim team will send four girls to the Division I-A state championships in Carson City this weekend based on their regional championship results.

At the regional meet, the top four finishers in each event, as well as the top four relay teams, qualified for the state championships, which will be contested at the Carson Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday.

Individually, Kate Rye won two Northern Division I-A titles, while Ciera Winberg made the state cut in two events.

Rye captured victories in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 free, posting times of 25.19 and 55.69 seconds, respectively.

Winberg finished runner-up in the 200 free, touching the wall in 2:16.34. She also placed fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:12.61).

Aside from Rye and Winberg, Incline’s girls 200 medley relay qualified or state with a second-place finish in 2:11.18, while the girls 200 free relay also placed second in 1:56.22. Both relay teams are made up of Winberg, Rye, Anna Graffis and Rachel Meyer.

Graffis just missed state in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.45), finishing sixth, and the girls 400 free relay barely missed with a fifth-place finish in 5:06.43. That team was made of Ursula Volz, Hannah Laurie, Meyer and Graffis.

Despite having such a small team in terms of numbers — and being a Division III school swimming against Division I-A competition — the Incline girls finished fifth out of eight schools, with 181 points. Truckee’s girls won with 405 points and were followed by South Tahoe (202) and Lowry (195).

The Incline boys also narrowly missed advancing to state in a couple of relays.

The Highlanders’ 200 medley relay squad of Adam Swick, William Stranzl, Zach Zerwick and Joey Stranzl finished one spot away in fifth (2:19.35), and the 200 free relay with the same four swimmers was sixth (1:55.33).

Individually, Swick placed seventh in the 50 free (26.91) and eighth in the 100 free (1:00.49).