High above poolside reign four familiar figures. The Wolverine relay team of Kara LaPoint, Leslie Ajari, Lindsay Collin and Lauren Browning swam their way to the State Championships last weekend after an undefeated season, but floated home as the Sierra League’s leaders.
Out of 27 teams competing in Carson City, the girls placed 8th overall but won the distinction as the best relay team in the League. The boys’ team placed 19th out of Nevada’s best 27 – a finish that left Coach Amy Anderson reeling.
“As a coach I am extremely proud of all of our swimmers who attended States, our stats are wonderful,” said Anderson.
In addition to the glory the Wolverine swimmers carried home with them, Leslie and Wesley Ajari both earned Swimmer of the Year awards for their dominating seasons. In the 200 Medley Relay, the girls took fifth place with a final time of 1:54.53 – a new school record. The ladies raced to the wall for a sixth place performance in the 200 Free Relay, cutting over one second off of their best time in this event.
The boys’ relay team of Nikolai Travis, Tom Kelly, Joe Dahlen and Wes Ajari had a solid swim in the 400 Freestyle Relay, claiming seventh place overall and besting their fastest time by over one second.
“All of our swimmers swam so fast,” said Assistant Coach Carey Parlette.
In the individual events, freshman Leslie Ajari finished third in the 200 IM with a personal best time of 2:07.25. In the 100 m breaststroke, Ajari answered back with a first place 1:05.05 finish in a dead heat race to the end. This effort not only earned her gold, but established a new PR time for the young swimmer.
Following suit, Wes Ajari clenched seventh place in the 200 IM with a final time of 2:02.75. After a first place finish in the first heat of the 50 freestyle finals, sophomore Lauren Browning swam in for a seventh place final in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55:01.
Leslie Ajari, Lauren Browning, Lindsay Collin and Kara LaPoint will continue to train with the Truckee Torpedo swim team with the goal of qualifying for Western Zones in Maui, Hawaii in August.
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