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Swimmers 4th at state

Sierra Sun Staff

Dominated by big-city 4A schools, the Nevada state swimming and diving championships, held over the weekend at the University of Nevada, Reno, were not so overwhelming as to drown out the Tahoe-Truckee High School swim team.

Tess Lannoy, Jessica McGovern, Sandy Theil and Megan Harter, who comprised the TTHS girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay team, took fourth place at the UNR pool this weekend.

The team, which also placed fourth at the 1997 state championship, finished in 3:54.29, not far behind winner Carson City.

Truckee came into the meet outnumbered, with 4A Carson and Reno taking the top two overall spots at the meet.

3A schools Boulder City and Galena finished at the bottom of the 19-school field.

A week before at championship finals, the 400 free relay team was also fourth in 3:55.76, earning it an seventh-place seeding.

“That’s wonderful,” head coach Lavonna Butz said. “We were probably one of the smallest schools there and to do that well was incredible.”

The TTHS swim team lost a single meet this season.

Next year, Butz anticipates an even more successful season, with only senior Sandy Theil graduating. Otherwise, the team will remain in tact. Butz said if Elia Burrill recovers completely from knee surgery, the 400 relay team should perform well again in 1999.

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