Torpedoes shine in South Lake Tahoe meet
The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team Torpedoes hit the water at a South Lake Tahoe meet recently with the streamlined speed of their names, again showing what a dominating force they can be.
Countless personal-best times fell, races were won and lost by the slimmest of margins and, most importantly, everyone had a great time.
Below are some of the incredible performances, including that of Alex “The Great” Straw, who won every event he entered and brought home the High Points winners trophy.
– Ingrid Suter, 8, put on an impressive show of swimming talent with two third-place finishes and two other top-10 finishes. Her best swims were in the 25-yard and 50-yard breaststroke, where she swam hard to capture her third-place finishes. She was also ninth in the 100 individual medley and 10th in the 25 butterfly.
– Brittney Straw, 8, continued her successful ways by finishing no lower than 10th in any of her nine events. Brittney’s best races were in the 25 breast, where she took an overall second place, and the 50 breast, where she also took an overall second-place finish. While powering out the 100 individual medley, Brittney took third.
– Mikayla Sonder, 6, had a fantastic day, too, taking home final standings no lower than seventh in any of her races and finishing third in two. During the 50-yard backstroke and the 100 individual medley, Mikayla put on a show in the 6-and-under age group by pulling down two thirds.
– Bayley Sonder, 8, brought home the bacon and fried it up in the pan during his eight events at the meet. Making the top 10 in six of his eight events, including the 25-yard freestyle; 50 freestyle; 25 breaststroke; 50 breaststroke; 25 butterfly; and the 100 individual medley.
– Lily Sloan, 8, endeared the crowds with her smile, but showed the competition who she really was with several outstanding races. During the six events she entered in the meet, Lily hammered out three top-20 places during the 25 freestyle, the 50 breaststroke and the 25 breaststroke.
– Emma Sloan, 13, swimming in one of the most challenging female age groups, had a series of strong swims. Emma finished fifth in the 100 freestyle; sixth in the 100 backstroke; seventh in the 200 breaststroke; and 11th in the 50 freestyle. Emma’s group of competitors got the treat of swimming the 25-yard freestyle, and Emma took 12th in this all-out sprint.
– Braighlee Silvera, 12, finished third in both the 50 backstroke and the 100 backstroke. She also swam extremely fast in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke and the 100 individual medley.
– Enya Ruttenberg, 10, also swam well in her three races. Showing what hard work at practice can do, Enya put down personal-best times in the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and the 50 breaststroke.
– Mackenzie Redner, 10, also was a powerhouse, swimming personal-best times almost across the board and winning the 25 free in her age group. Mackenzie finished third in the 50 freestyle, fourth in the 100 freestyle and sixth in the 50 backstroke. With the accomplishment of making the top 10 in all her races with the exception of the 50 butterfly, Mackenzie is clearly ready for the challenges of aging up next season.
– Kayla Redner, 8 took on the field by taking top 10 finishes in all nine of her races. In the 25 freestyle, she made it to the top three. In her other events she maintained her impressive standings by holding down a seventh in the 50 freestyle; a seventh in the 25 backstroke; sixth in the 50 backstroke; sixth in the 25 breaststroke; fourth in the 50 breaststroke; fifth in the 25 butterfly; seventh in the 50 butterfly; and fourth in the 100 individual medley.
– Hailey Pope, 7, also had an outstanding meet, posting fast times in all seven of her races. Hailey made the top 20 in the 50 backstroke and swam strong in the 25 freestyle; 25 backstroke; 25 breaststroke; 50 breaststroke; 25 butterfly; and the 100 yard individual medley.
– Cameron Montano, 12 swam extremely strong in all six of his events. Taking a personal best time in his best race of the day, the 100 breaststroke, Cameron sealed the 11th-place spot out of a large field. Making a hard push in the 100 freestyle race, he almost made the top 10.
– Marlena Montano, 7, Cameron’s little sister, was also outstanding during the event, finishing in the top 30 in all her races in the girls 7-8 age group. Marlena swam very fast in the 25 and 50 freestyle races and the 25 and 50 backstroke races. She also hammered out the 25 and 50 breaststroke races.
– Annie Kruk, 10, was another reason other teams are stopping to admire the well-rounded swimming of the Truckee competitors, as she unleashed another sterling 100 individual medley race. Annie had top 20 finishes across the board in all of the races she entered.
– Melissa Koper, 12, unleashed a great swim in the 50 backstroke, where she took a top-10 finish in a deep field. Melissa kept the backstroke power on in the 100 backstroke and took it to the field with a dominating performance in the 25 freestyle.
– Erika Klenk, 10, showed why the other girls are starting to glance nervously over at her lane as she stands on the starting blocks. Erika laid down the challenge by making the top 10 three times in her eight events. One of Erika’s best races was the 50 breaststroke, where she placed ninth. She also had outstanding races in the 100 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke, the 50 butterfly and the 100 individual medley.
– Zoe Johnson, 9, continued to show improvement, swimming strong in the deep girls 9-10 age group. Swimming races that sometimes had as many as 10 heats, Zoe kept the heat on the field during all her events. Zoe was also fast in the 50 freestyle, the 50 backstroke, the 100 backstroke, the 50 butterfly and the 100 individual medley.
– Max Ingalls, 7, bought some revolutionary and experimental swimming techniques to the first day of the two-day meet, but made the choice to get down to conventional swim business on the second day. Max came home with several personal-best times and ribbons from his sixth-place 25 freestyle, fifth-place 50 freestyle and a third-place 25 breaststroke races.
– Molly Ingalls, 12, swam nine events over two days and recorded an impressive time in the 100 breaststroke, where she took home a third-place overall ribbon. She managed another third-place finish in the 100 freestyle while earning a sixth-place ribbon in the 50 breaststroke. Molly also did some fast swimming in the 25 freestyle, the 50 back, the 100 back, the 50 butterfly and the100 individual medley.
– Jake Hamilton, 8, also had an outstanding meet, winning the 25 freestyle in a time of 16.5 seconds and finishing second in the 50 back and third in the 25 breast. Jake clearly knows when to turn the power on and hit the water racing.
– Alex Davis, 10, raced to two second-place finishes, one third-place finish and hung strong in the top 10 of every one of his seven races. He had his best races in the 100 freestyle, finishing second in a time of 1:18.09, and in the 100 individual medley, where he finished in a 1:29.07 ” a personal best in a very challenging race.
– Alex Straw, 10, showed everyone on the pool deck what hard work, race focus, preparation and effort can produce. Alex was, by very definition, unbeatable at the South Tahoe meet, swimming to first-place finishes in all nine of his events. The reward for his clean sweep was taking the coveted High Points title for his age group. High Points awards go to the swimmers of each age group who accumulate the highest number of points over the weekend of racing. At this meet, Alex walked away with the title and never looked back to see who was behind him.
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