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North Tahoe Aquatics fare well at Quincy meet

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The North Tahoe Aquatics swim team gathers for a photo at the Quincy Invitational, where the eight-member squad earned nine medals and 21 ribbons.
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North Tahoe Aquatics will compete in the High Country Invitational Championship Meet in Minden from Aug. 7-15.

North Tahoe Aquatics had a fine showing at the Quincy Invitational Swim Meet this past weekend.  

With a group of only eight competing members, the team proudly brought home nine medals and 21 ribbons.

Coaches Dick Banfield, Anne Chippendale, Payton Black and MJ Rees have been dedicated to getting these athletes in shape for the meet. They did a commendable job considering North Tahoe Aquatics (NTA) practices four days a week from June through October — compared to other teams that practice year-round.  

Kaleb Query, who just turned 9, was a force to be reckoned with. He walked away as the top points winner in the 7/8 boys category.  

Query had AA timing and first-place medals in both the 25 breaststroke (23.01) and the 50 butterfly (44.52). He posted an A time and first-place finish in the 50 freestyle (39.32) and earned two more first-place finishes in the 25 fly (20.02) and 50 breast (52.08).  

Query also placed second in the 25 backstroke (24.35), 100 free (1:32.72) and 25 free (18.43) for a total of eight medals.

Team veterans Annie Kratz and Devon Wilson, both 11, saw stiff competition this year.

Nevertheless, Kratz brought home two 11th-place ribbons — in the 200 free (3:37.35) and 50 back (41.40) — and placed 13th in the 100 free (1:36.38), 14th in the 50 free (37.97) and 15th in both the 100 IM (1:45.71) and 50 breast (52.19).  

Wilson brought home an 11th-place ribbon in the 100 breast (1:53.27) and placed 13th in the 50 breast (52.19), 15th in the 100 free (1:33.11) and 17th in the 50 free (41.57) and 100 IM (1:45.71).

Jack Bruce, 9, Kelly Kratz, 8, and Alec Bruce, 7, all had personal-best times at the meet.  

Kelly Kratz brought home a third-place medal in the 100 free (1:40.42) while also placing sixth in the 25 fly (25.53) and 50 free (45.54), seventh in the 25 back (29.91), eighth in the 50 back (1:03.67) and 10th in the 25 free (20.91).  

The Bruce brothers were stoked as they brought home a combined eight ribbons.  

Jack’s first attempt at the 200 free (3:42.30) earned him an eighth-place ribbon. He also placed eighth in the 100 back (2:12.04) and a respectful 10th in both the 50 free (44.79) and 50 back (58.11). He also placed 14th in the 100 free (1:57.46).

Alec earned a fifth-place ribbon in the 25 back (28.24), placed seventh in the 50 back (1:11.11), 10th in the 50 free (58.90) and 12th in the 25 free (26.61).

New to the team, Macallan Rocco, 7, and Gavin Kratz, 6, impressed everyone. Macallan brought home an eighth-place ribbon in the 25 back (32.84) and was ninth in the 25 free (24.53). Gavin took seventh in the 25 free (32.94).

Other teams that competed were Chico, Corning, the Douglas Dolfins, Fallon Barracuda, Gridley Gators, Orland Otters, Plumas Rapids, Northern Nevada, Truckee-Tahoe and Willows.

North Tahoe Aquatics practices at the Granlibakken Resort pool.