North Tahoe Aquatics heat up at Autumn Freeze |

North Tahoe Aquatics heat up at Autumn Freeze

North Tahoe Aquatics team members fared well at the Molly Lahlum Memorial Autumn Freeze Meet in Minden.
Courtesy Merrily Rocco |

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North Tahoe Aquatics will host a meet at the Incline Village Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct. 17, starting at 1 p.m. Current and past NTA members are invited to compete. Contact the TCPUD Recreation Center at for details.

The weather wasn’t the only thing heating up at the Molly Lahlum Memorial Autumn Freeze Meet in Minden on Sept. 19-20. Despite temperatures reaching into the 90s, the five competitors representing the North Tahoe Aquatics (NTA) team didn’t show any sign of slowing.

“It was hot, but that didn’t bother me. This was, by far, the best meet of the season,” said team member Alec Bruce at the end of the meet.

This was the most competitive meet NTA’s had participated in this season. Only the top eight swimmers of each event earned ribbons. The team proudly brought home seven ribbons, but also placed top 10 in 10 events.

The team consisted of Ava Murphy, 11, Jack Bruce, 9, Kaleb Query, 9, Macallan Rocco, 7, and Alec Bruce, 7. The team was thrilled to have coach Dick Banfield back in action, as well as MJ Rees by their side again.

This was the first time Murphy had competed with NTA. She made a blazing entrance competing in the 50 and 100 free as well as the 100 nreast. She had solid times of 45.75 in the 50 free and 1:41.38 in the 100 free.

In his third meet of the season, Jack Bruce had one personal best time in the 50 back (52.05), shaving off 6.06 seconds and placing 13th. In the 100 back, he brought home a seventh-place ribbon with a solid time of 1:59.76. He braved the 200 free again. He swam so fast he nearly lost his swim shorts, but happily finished with a time of 3:43.11 for 11th place. He also competed in the 50 and 100 free as well as the 100 IM.

Query competed for a third time this season as well. He is NTA’s top ribbon earner of the season thus far. This meet he had two personal best times and brought home four ribbons. In the 100 free he had a “B” ranking time of 1:28.21 and placed 12th. He had another blazing fast time in the 50 fly (42.69), placing sixth.

The breaststroke proved to be a successful race for Query, as he placed fifth in both the 50 breast (53.57) and 100 breast (1:50.46), and earned another “B” ranking time. He placed eighth in the 100IM with a time of 1:39.83, which was also “B” ranking, and was 10th in the 50 free with a time of 39.05.

Competing for a third time this season, Rocco was hot in the 50 free, as he recorded a time of 47.64 and brought home a fifth-place ribbon. His time of 21.06 in the 25 free was only two-tenths off his personal best, which earned him ninth place and a respectable “B” time ranking. He also performed well in the 25 and 50 back with times of 34.71 and 1:11.02.

It was Alec Bruce’s third meet of the season and he was ready to go. He had two personal best times. In the 100 free he shaved off a whopping 13.79 seconds and placed ninth. In his most difficult event, the 25 fly, he was 5.27 second faster and brought home a seventh-place ribbon. The 25 free was the most competitive of the 7-8-year-old boy events. Alec placed 16th with a time of 24.02. He also competed in the 50 free and 25 back.

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