Truckee golfers face strong competition; swimmers show depth
The Truckee High golf team learned it will have to bring its A-game to every tournament to stay atop the Northern 3A league standings.
After winning the preseason Ice Breaker and the season-opening Dayton tournaments, the Wolverines placed third with a score of 451 in a Sparks-hosted tournament at Wildcreek Golf Course this past Thursday.
Lowry took first with a score of 421 and Spring Creek and Fernley tied for second with 433.
“All of the sudden the reality has sunk in that the competition is good, and if we don’t play well we can’t compete,” said Truckee coach Jeff Froelich. “We have to play well to win, and as a team we had an off day.”
Incline was fourth (461), Dayton fifth (473) and North Tahoe sixth. Yerington and Sparks did not have enough golfers to qualify for a team score.
Individually, Lowry’s Jim Dendory was the medalist, shooting a 77. Pat Galvin shot an 80 to post the best score for Truckee. Teammates Danny Kruck shot 81, Kevin Barchas 93, Will Collin 97, Matt Hardy 100 and Rich Breuner 107.
The Truckee High boys and girls swim teams defeated Sparks in the first dual meet of the season Saturday. The girls won by a 155-80 margin while the boys defeated the Railroaders by a count of 30-10.
Five Truckee swimmers qualified already for the Zone Meet, which will be held in Carson City on May 11-12.
“I knew we had depth and talent … but they were superb,” said Truckee head coach Vicky Dewey. “They did extraordinarily well.”
Truckee junior Arek O’Connell took first in both the 50-meter freestyle (22.30) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.62), putting him in a good position for Zones and State. Teague Mason, the only other boy on the Wolverine squad, took second in the 50 free (25.12) and first in the 100 free (1:01.65).
Angela Raso took first in both the 100 butterfly (1:15.63) and the 500 free (6:40.15). Emily Stewart was second in the 500 free (6:49.00), and Rebecca Alcaraz took first in the 100 free (1:06.56).
Other strong performances included Sophie Aaron’s second-place finish in the 50 free (29.55) and first-place finish in the 100 back (1:19.50).
The Truckee girls’ 200-meter medley relay team of Michelle Hoehn, Rodriguez, Raso and Aaron won with a time of 2:17.33, while the Wolverines’ ‘B’ relay team took second with a time of 2:36.42. The 200 free relay of Aaron, Alcaraz, Stewart and Brittany Miller also took first with a time of 2:01.56, and the 400 free relay of Stewart, Rodriguez, Alcaraz, and Raso was first in 4:40.25.
“I have a real good idea of what to expect now (for the rest of the season),” Dewey said. “This is a good team. This is exciting.”
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