The Truckee boys and girls’ swimming team swept the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Swimming & Diving Championships last weekend in Carson City, marking the third consecutive year the program has captured both team titles.
The defending state champion Truckee boys’ team dominated the water at the Carson Aquatic Facility, winning seven of 12 events to top second-place Lowry 512-219; while on the girls’ side, the Wolverines won nine events to capture a ninth consecutive league title, defeating runners-up South Tahoe 453-273.5.
Truckee sophomore Kaikea Crews had a record-setting day during the meet, breaking the Class 3A record in the 100-yard freestyle. Crews swam to a time of 45.68 seconds in the event, which, according to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, broke the state record set in 2016 by Truckee alumnus Cooper de Ryk. Crews also broke his own regional record in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing the race with a time of 49.82.
Crews was part of the Truckee boys’ first-place 200-yard medley relay team and the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team. The Wolverines took first place in all three relay events.
Truckee senior Evan Opsal took first place in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 23.09. Opsal also captured gold in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.43, and was on the 200-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay teams.
Junior swimmer Dylan Cole was on a pair of Truckee’s relay teams, and was second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.33 and second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.52.
Junior Aaron Bronstone picked up a pair of gold medals from relay races as well. Bronstone also finished in second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.76 and second in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:11.43.
Senior Noah Warren swam to a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 5:23.66. Warren was also third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.88, and picked up a gold medal as part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team.
Freshman Ryan Williams swam to a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.68, and was third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.90. Williams was part of Truckee’s 400-yard freestyle relay team too.
Also swimming on the Truckee boys’ three first-place relay teams were senior Jack Dylan, and freshman Diego Rodriguez. Freshman Cody Natali finished third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.05 to round out the boys’ top-three finishers.
The top four finishers at the meet qualified for this weekend’s state championships in Carson City. The Truckee boys finished regionals with 20 qualifying finishes.
Smith sets school record
On the girls’ side sophomore Caitlin Smith broke the school record in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing in first place with a time of 57.72. Smith was also part of the Wolverines’ winning 400-yard freestyle relay team and 200-yard freestyle relay team. She took second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.15 as well.
The Truckee girls won all three relay events.
Sophomore Emma Purdy proved to be the fastest girl in the water at the meet, taking first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.85 and first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.07. Purdy also swam on two of Truckee’s relay teams to finish her meet with four gold medals.
Truckee sophomore AnnElise Cuneo picked up a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, besting second place by more than 35 seconds with a time of 5:44.43. Cuneo was also second in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing behind freshman teammate Alyssa Hynes, who touched the wall with a time of 2:06.15. Hynes also took first as part of one of Truckee’s relay teams and was third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:16.02.
Junior Megan Darzynkiewicz also earned gold as part of one of Truckee’s relay teams and swam to third place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:10.37.
Sophomore Riley Madigan was on two of Truckee’s relay teams, and was second in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:29.25.
Junior Courtney Engberg came away with a pair of third-place finishes, claiming bronze in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.45 and in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.62. Engberg was also on two of Truckee’s relay teams.
Freshman Brooke Saathoff swam on a pair of relay teams, and finished in second place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.71 and second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.40.
In diving, junior Kira Thomas captured the 1-meter title and set a school record with a score of 367.95.
The Truckee girls had 19 finishes that qualified for next week’s state meet.
Lakers swim to eight state-qualifying finishes
North Tahoe also had swimmers competing at last weekend’s Class 3A Northern League meet.
Junior Hunter Hoffman led the boys’ team with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.33 and a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.70.
The North Tahoe boys finished in seventh place with 113 points and had three results that qualified for state.
On the girls’ side, freshman Sydney Whisler was second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.97, and third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:08.56.
Whisler also teamed up with junior Casey Garrity, sophomore Delila Quinn, and freshman Marina Hendricks to take third place in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Sophomore Lola Tieslau was third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:29.97, and third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.50.
Tieslau, Whisler, Garrity, and junior Ava Pekerak took third in the 400-yard freestyle relay to round out North Tahoe’s top-three finishers.
The North Tahoe girls finished in third place with 211 points, and had eight finishes that qualified for next week’s state meet.
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Swimming & Diving Championships will be Saturday, May 18. Diving will be held at the Carson Valley Swim Center in Minden, beginning at 9 a.m. Swimming will be at Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City, and will begin at 1 p.m. Admission to the meet is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children ages 8 and younger get in free.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at email@example.com.
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