Swimmers dominate Sparks in home meet
Tahoe-Truckee High School swimming dominated at home against Sparks last Friday, with both the girls’ and boys’ teams taking charge in the pool.
The ladies beat the Railroaders in a landslide 105 to 38 victory, while the boys’ team rallied for their first win of the season 68 to 29.
Once again the foursome of Leslie Ajari, Lauren Browning, Lindsay Collin and Kara LaPoint dominated the 200 Medley and the 400 Free Relay. All four ladies also placed first in their individual events.
Seniors Lisa Kucera and Robyn Moore both had a great last-home meet as Wolverines, with Kucera qualifying for zones in the 50 freestyle and the 100 back and Moore taking third place in both of her events while also qualifying for zone in the 200 I.M.
The TTHS ladies dominated the 50 freestyle with Linday Collin taking first, Lisa Kucera taking second and Shannon Lankenau rounding out third place. Mirroring this feat in the 100 breaststroke, Lauren Browning finished first, Shannon Lankenau swam in for second, and Haley Long took third.
“I’m very impressed with how the ladies are swimming this season. Especially our athletes who are new to the sport. Every time they swim they are shedding seconds off their times,” said Coach Amy Anderson.
Wes Ajari continued to demonstrate his prowess in the pool taking first place in the 100 breaststroke and first in the 100 butterfly – where he broke the school record by one second with a final time of 58:81. Aaron Browning also had a strong second place finish qualifying for zone in the 100 backstroke.
Junior Josh Burgess took second place in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle, bettering his time in each event. Senior and newcomer Thomas Kelley proved to be a tremendous asset to the team, taking first place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 59:85 and racing in for second place in the 100 breaststroke.
Nikolai Travis added two more first place finishes to the Wolverine tally with a win in the 50 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Travis shed 12 seconds off his best time in the latter event, blowing his competition out of the water.
The boys’ success was wrapped up by senior Joe Dahlen who earned second place in the 200 free and third place in the 100 back, receiving best times in both events.
The team will enjoy a week off before their next meet against Lowry on April 13.
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