No training, no problem
The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team picked up right where it left off last spring with an outstanding performance at an age-group swim meet May 7 and 8 in Davis, Calif.
Although the team was unable to train for several months this winter when the Truckee Community Pool was closed for repairs, the Truckee swimmers turned in best times in 83 percent of the races during the two-day meet.
“Our kids did fantastic,” said Betsy Hansen, head coach of the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team. “Everyone swam hard, and they’re only going to get faster.”
The age-group team was represented by 16 swimmers between the ages of 7 and 12.
Nine-year-old Alex Straw led the way with “A” times in the 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke and “BB” times in his other two events, the 50-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard individual medley. Straw won three of his races and finished fifth in the 50-yard breaststroke event in his age group.
There are seven different age group classifications recognized by United States Swimming, and within each age group there are different nationally recognized levels of achievement based on times. All swimmers begin as “C” swimmers and try to advance to “B,” “BB,” “A” and “AA” times. The times for each ability level are published annually by USA Swimming, and get faster as the swimmers get older.
Several swimmers stayed busy throughout the two-day meet by swimming four events each day. Although temperatures dropped and it rained heavily at times on the second day of the meet, the Truckee swimmers continued to improve their times despite the poor conditions at the outdoor 25-yard facility in Davis.
Several swimmers achieved “B” times for the first time in Davis, including 7-year-old Lily Sloan (25-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle and 25-yard backstroke); 8-year-old Phoebe Rogers (25 free); 8-year-old Zoe Johnson (25 free and 25 butterfly); 9-year-old MacKenzie Redner (100 back, 50 free and 100 breast); Max Ingalls (25 free); Addison Dvoracek (100 free and 50 breast); Alex Kopytko (50 free); Justin Ondry (50 free); and Emma Sloan (100 backstroke, 50 free, 100 breast, 100 free, 50 breast and 100 individual medley).
Hansen said she was pleased with her team, especially considering that they were unable to train during the several months last year and earlier this year.
Several swimmers earned top-six places in different events, including Brittany Straw, who took fifth in the 8-and-under 25 butterfly; MacKenzie Redner, who took sixth in the 100 back; 6-year-old Max Ingalls, who took third in the 25 breast, fifth in the 50 free and 25 back, and sixth in the 25 free; and Alex Straw, who won all his races except the 50 breast, in which he took fifth place.
Other Truckee swimmers who competed in the meet included Brittany Straw, 7; Kayla Redner, 7; Shannon Ondry, 9; Enya Ruttenberg, 9; Melissa Koper, 11; and Molly Ingalls, 11.