Torpedoes compete with best; Leslie Ajari earns national ranking at Walnut Creek
On April 2-5, the Far Western Short Course Championships brought swimmers from the states west of the Mississippi to Walnut Creek to determine the best, and Truckee’s Torpedo swim team was there, with swimmer Leslie Ajari earning a national standing.
By definition, a short course is a 25-yard pool, with all distances measured in yards, rather than meters.
The Truckee pool is 25 yards. Long course (50 meters) championships are in August.
Four Truckee swimmers, including Jessica McGovern, Wesley Ajari, Lindsay Collin and Leslie Ajari all traveled to the meet.
Leslie Ajari, 10, earned a national ranking, shattering two other Sierra Nevada records.
In team records, Leslie swam the 100-yard individual medley in 1:08.49, the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.21, the 50-yard fly in 30.43, the 200-yard free in 2:13.56, the 50-yard backstroke in 31.76 and the 200-yard individual medley in 2:27.20.
She earned national rankings in the 50-yard breaststroke (35.03) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.67).
“She was able to stay relaxed and focused and she performed well in spite of the pressure,” said head coach Nancy Rose. “Leslie rises to the level of her competition.”
McGovern, 15, finished the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:11.90, a team record.
Wesley Ajari, 14, set two team records with a 1:08.60 in the 100-yard breaststroke and a 2:27.86 in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Collin, 12, set a team record with a 2:27.60 in the individual medley.
Rose said this was the first Far Western competition for McGovern, Collin and Wesley Ajari.
“They all had personal best times, which is commendable considering the scope of the meet,” Rose said.
“It’s pretty overwhelming to be at this big a meet for the first time.”
The next Torpedo meet is Saturday, May 2, at the Truckee pool.
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