Regional swimming | Truckee girls dominate en route to regional title
The Division I-A state championships will be held at the Carson Aquatic Center this Friday and Saturday. Friday’s trials begin at 3 p.m. and Saturday’s finals start at 11 a.m. Check the NIAA website, www.niaa.com, for start times by event.
Truckee’s girls once again established their swimming dominance in the Northern Division I-A.
The girls won the regional championship for the third consecutive year in Carson City on Saturday — and it wasn’t even close. They doubled up their closest competition, accumulating 405 points to runner-up South Tahoe’s 202.
The regional title earned the Truckee girls the No. 1 Northern seed entering the Division I-A state championships, scheduled to take place at the Carson Aquatic Center this Friday (trials) and Saturday (finals).
“The girls all raced their hearts out at this meet and we look forward to even faster times at states,” said Truckee coach Jody Burrill.
Lowry’s girls were third with 195 points and were followed by Fallon (189), Incline (181), Sage Ridge (95), Fernley (90) and North Tahoe (46).
The Truckee boys also fared well, as they finished in a tie with Sage Ridge for second place. South Tahoe’s boys claimed the regional title with 281 points, while both Truckee and Sage Ridge finished closely behind, with 258 points.
Lowry’s boys were fourth with 254 points, followed by Fernley (153), Fallon (144) and Incline (76).
The Truckee girls 200 medley relay, comprised of Niki Kates, Brittney Straw, Ingrid Suter and Kyla Burrill, set the tone with a dominant first-place performance. The second-place team had barely come off the final turn when Straw triumphantly slammed her hand into the wall.
Wolverines took up residence on the top rung of the podium the entire meet. Victories were earned by Kyla Burrill (200 free), Brittney Straw (200 individual medley; 100 breast), Ingrid Suter (100 fly), Megan Burrill (500 free) and Niki Kates (100 back). The 4 x 100 free relay squad of Kates, Suter, Megan Burrill and Straw also won its regional final.
Perhaps most impressive about the Truckee girls’ performance was their team depth, illustrated by a number of 1-2-3 podium sweeps — in the 200 IM (Straw, Grace Bronstone, Anna Kates), 100 fly (Suter, Megan Burrill, Kyla Burrill), 500 free (Megan Burrill, Anna Kates, Nicole Shacter), and the 100 breast (Straw, Suter, Bronstone).
Other key highlights included first-year racer Dakota Kasten placing eighth in the 100 breast final, Niki Kates taking second in the 100 free, and Shacter returning from a ski injury and grabbing fourth in the 200 free.
Bronstone, a freshman, provided the signature moment with an out-of-body experience driving home the anchor leg of the 200 free relay, during which the team dropped 7 seconds. Bronstone out-touched the fifth-place finisher to secure a spot in the state championship meet for her veteran teammates Sara Manthorpe, Anna Keith and Natasha Krider.
Truckee’s boys team, short on numbers but long on speed, were led by a dominant 200 free relay performance by Jake Hamilton, Gavin Olsen, Sam Roberston and Cooper DeRyk.
Despite smashing the old school record by 6 seconds with a time of 3:28.83, the Truckee team fell just short in the 4 x 100 free relay to Sage Ridge. The rematch at the state championships should be a shootout for the ages.
DeRyk, a freshman, lit up the pool, placing first in both the 50 free and the 100 free.
Hamilton is poised for his final state meet coming off a second place in the 200 individual medley and first in the 100 breast.
Roberston also posted fast times, finishing third in the 200 free and second in the 100 fly.
Olsen, also a freshman, braved stiff competition to secure fourth and second, respectively, in the 200 individual medley and 500 free.
Brendan McKeen finished fourth in the 200 free and third in the 100 back. First-year swimmer Logan Kasten showed promise in bringing home eighth in the 100 breast.
While injuries prevented the short-handed boys team from continuing their championship run, they will return to the pool for the state championships undaunted.
“We hope to see supporters at the Carson Aquatic Center for what is sure to be an electrifying showdown,” coach Burrill said.
Among the North Tahoe contingent, senior Alexis Glander recorded a sixth-place finish in the 100 butterfly and was eighth in the 100 back.
The Lakers also fared well in the girls 200 free relay. The team of Picabo Fraas, Hayley Perkins, Johanna Gur and Bridget Schroepfer finished eighth.