Swimmers O’Connell, Mason provide one-two punch
The Truckee High swim team might be short on boys in terms of numbers, but not in quality.
Juniors Arek O’Connell and Teague Mason, the only boys on the Wolverine swim team, proved as much Saturday at the Aqua Five meet at Carson City Aquatic Center, where the two delivered a one-two punch finishing first and second for the high point award.
Competing against swimmers from Incline, Damonte Ranch, Sparks, Hug and Wooster, O’Connell swam a blazing 50.57 in the 100-meter freestyle, winning the event by seven seconds.
“Arek’s 100 time will hopefully put him in great position for the state meet,” said Truckee coach Vicky Dewey.
O’Connell posted first-place finishes in four of the five events, including the 100 fly and 100 breast. The 50 free, O’Connell’s premiere event, was the last event of the meet, and he managed to pull out a winning time of 22.32, Dewey said.
Mason finished third in the 100 free with a time of 57.73, bettering his time from the previous week by more than three seconds.-
“Teague has so much potential, I believe he will get faster and faster at every meet,” Dewey said.
The Truckee girls also had strong performances.
Sophie Aaron finished second in the 50 free with a time of 28.35, followed by Michelle Hoehn, who placed sixth with a time of 29.94.-
Angela Raso finished fourth in the 100 free with a time of 1:04.21, and Sophie Aaron placed fifth with a time of 1:04.83.-
Truckee girls took third, fourth and fifth in the 100 breast with Aaron timed at 1:24.75, Rebecca Alcaraz 1:25.47 and Julieta Rodriguez 1:25.83.
“I was really proud of the Truckee team’s performance,” Dewey said. “The kids are qualifying for zones in many events. They will have to make choices as to which events they want to swim.”
Dewey added that many swimmers competed in events for the first time at the meet, including the 100 fly.
“They proved they are a team of guts as well as talent,” the coach said.