The Torpedoes strike again
Special to the Sun
The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team Torpedoes have been hammering out a busy schedule of aquatic performances over the last month. With two major swim meets behind them, the team is looking forward the summer season, where suntans, good clean fun with friends and more hardcore racing await.
One of the recent swim meets was held in Davis, where the Torpedoes assembled 26 swimmers to take on other teams from Northern California and Nevada.
Included in the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team (TTST) lineup was Alyssa Arington, 9; Kiara Arington, 7; Andreas Barth, 12; Elizabeth Costa, 10; Maia Dvoracek, 8; Jake Hanilton, 8; Zoe Johnson, 9; Nicole Kates, 7; Erika Klenk, 10; Melissa Kruck, 10; Annie Kruck, 10; Stevynn Laine, 10; Cameron Montano, 12; Marlena Montano, 7; Justin Ondry, 13; Hailey Pope, 7; Mackenzie Redner, 10; Marcelle Reynaud, 8; Enya Ruttenberg, 10; Emma Sloan, 13; Lily Sloan, 8; Bayley Sonder, 8; Mikayla Sonder, 6; Brittney Straw, 8; Ingrid Suter, 8; and Kelty White, 10.
Several of these swimmers made their swim meet debut in Davis, overcoming their fears of competition.
After taking it to the other teams at the Davis short-course (25-yard) meet, the Torpedoes gathered their forces and headed to the Woodland long-course (50-meters) meet in Woodland Calif., north of Sacramento.
Of the 15 veteran swimmers, everyone posted best times. Challenged by swimming in a long-course event, due in part to not training in a long-course pool, these swimmers showed the tenacity Truckee is known for across the athletic spectrum.
Alex Davis, 10, showed he had what it takes to go the distance in both the 200M free and the 200M individual medley. Addison Dvoracek, 10, also hammered the 200M individual medley and stood up to the competition in four other races. Maia Dvoracek, 7, took down seven events, including the 100M free and breast stroke races.
Jake Hamilton, 8, continued his winning streak with an outstanding 50M free race. Max Ingalls, 7, at his first long-course event, showed promise for the long-course format with a strong 50M free and breast stroke. Molly Ingalls, 12, smashed her personal-best times in two 200M events, including freestyle and breast stroke.
Cameron Montano, 12, took his first stab at the long course, pulling down two impressive races. Marlena Montano, 7, also found her form in the long course with two great races, including the 50M free and breast stroke. Brittany Percin, 9, turned heads with five compelling races, including the 100M butterfly.
Kayla Redner, 8, was there to dominate the competition in seven events, including the 50M butterfly. Mackenzie Redner, 10, also took it to the field in eight events that included to 200M free, where she made an “A” time.
Braighlee Silvera, 12, showed a great deal of confidence in her back stroke skills while taking on a very powerful field of competitors. Thirteen-year-old Emma Sloan’s fluid power could be seen from across the pool during the 200M free event, as well as in the other events she entered.
Brittney Straw, 8, cleaned house in numerous events, including the 200M free and individual medley. Of the 10 events she entered, Brittney came home with three “A” times. Alex Straw continued his incredible dominance over the field in 10 events, making “A” and “AA” times in all but two of the events he entered.
One fact remains consistent regarding each and every one of the Torpedoes: You don’t want to bet them any amount of money if they challenge you to a race in a local pool, because they’re all sharks. And, whatever you do, don’t run into one of them in a cold, dark ally with anything more than a puddle between you and safety.
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