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Swim team dives into new season

LARA MULLIN, Sierra Sun

The Tahoe-Truckee swim team opened its 2001 season at the Valentine Invitational meet in Minden, Nev., on Feb. 9-11.

Seventeen local swimmers braved the snowy roads to compete in the event hosted by the Douglas Dolphins.

Every swimmer improved their swim times from their best practice performances, including Leslie Ajari in the 13-14 age group.

Ajari is swimming longer distances this season such as the 100 yd. freestyle, and dropped six seconds off of her best time. Placing first in every event she entered, Leslie also competed in the 400 yd. IM, 200 yd. IM, 100 yd. butterfly and the 200 yd. breaststroke.

Alejandra Bravo (9-10) swam in for personal best times in five of her six events, while her sister Gabriela did well in the 25 yd. freestyle and 25 yd. backstroke for the 8 and under category.

Two new swimmers for TTST, Jenny (9-10) and Megan Falk (8 and under) performed very strongly for their first meet. Jenny competed in the 50 yd. butterfly, 100 yd. breaststroke and the 200 yd. freestyle. Megan delivered strong “B” times in the 25 yd. butterfly and 50 yd. freestyle.

Sarah Koontz, another new swimmer in the 8 and under division, swam in six events and had her best recorded times in three of them: the 25 yd. breaststroke, the 50 yd. freestyle and the 25 yd. freestyle. Novice Emma Sloan (8 and under) swam well in her first meet, competing in three events. Chelsea Ferreira (9-10) also swam in her first meet in the 50 yd. freestyle.

In her third year with TTST, Elizabeth Krauss (9-10) pulled out her best times to date in all four of the events she entered and improved her best 100 yd. IM time by 21 seconds. Also in her third year, Eileen Laitinen (11-12) entered five events and dropped nine seconds from her best 200 yd. freestyle time. Her sister Molly (9-10) also shed 20 seconds from her previous best in the 100 yd. freestyle.

Amy Leininger (9-10) pulled out personal best times in all four of her events, including a nine-second improvement in the 50 yd. butterfly. Carly Leininger followed her sister’s lead in the 8 and under ranks, with best times in her events and a 19 second drop in her time in the 50 yd. freestyle.

In the older divisions, Melinda Moon (13-14) swam four events with best times in the 200 yd. IM and the 100 yd. butterfly, slicing a whopping 30 seconds off of both times. Alex Prodaniuk (13-14) competed in five events including the 500 yd. freestyle where she dropped 29 seconds off her old time.

After swimming in the Bay Area with Santa Clara swim club, sisters Kayla and Krista Mariani are back with TTST and swam in a combined 20 events at Minden. Krista (8 and under) received her best times in five of her ten events, coming away with eight ribbons for the day. Kayla (11-12) also participated in 10 events and ribboned in nine of them.

Practices for the swim team are held at TTHS after school and on Saturdays, and anyone that is interested is encouraged to come out and watch.


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