Records topple at Far Western Championships
Swim teams from across the western United States converged on Pleasanton, Calif. from Thursday, March 30, to Sunday, April 2, for the Far Western Short Course Championships. Age group swimmers from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming were represented.
Three swimmers from the Tahoe-Truckee High School swim team – Leslie Ajari, 12, Lauren Browning, 15, and Wes Ajari – qualified to compete in the trials and finals format meet.
Swimmers swim preliminary heats in the first session, followed by a final in the afternoon comprising the top eight swimmers from the preliminaries.
Leslie Ajari, swimming in the 11-12 age group, broke six team records in the six events she swam. She also swam National Reportable Times (NRT) qualifying her for top 16 in the country consideration in three events. She made all six finals, placing no worse than fourth. Leslie recorded record times in the 100-yard individual medley (1:01.07) and the 200 yard individual medley (2:10.59) claiming a tie for first and a second place finish respectively. She also recorded record times in the 200 yard freestyle, the 500 yard freestyle, the 50 yard backstroke and the 100 yard back stroke.
Browning, competing in her first Far Western race, also swam in six events and broke a team record in the 200 yard backstroke (2:20.57.)
Wes Ajari swam in three events and set team records in two. Ajari swam the 200 yard individual medley in a time of 2:07.32 and the 200 yard breaststroke at 2:26.45 for the new records.
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