Truckee High swimming: Girls finish second at state, boys fifth
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee High School girls swim team entered the UNLV Aquatic Center on May 21 looking to build on their already impressive legacy.
Mission accomplished with a second-place finish to a high-powered Boulder City squad in the 2016 NIAA Division I-A state swimming meet.
As they have throughout their entire careers, the senior class of 2016 at Truckee threw down standards that will likely stand for some time.
In smashing their own school record by over three seconds, the 200 medley relay team of Niki Kates, Ingrid Suter, Brittney Straw and Kyla Burrill captured second place in a wild shootout with Boulder City.
Inspired by their performance, sophomores Megan Burrill and Anna Kates both recorded best times in finishing fifth and sixth in the 200 freestyle, with Anna Kates recording sixth in the 500 free as well.
The 200 individual medley saw three Wolverines score points with Straw, Niki Kates and Grace Bronstone securing second, fourth and fifth. Bronstone and Suter would later flank Straw as she broke her own state record in winning the 100 breast stroke, making it a clean sweep for her career.
Kyla Burrill dug deep with strong showings the 50 and 100 free, as well as playing a major role in the third place 200 free relay alongside her sister Megan as well as Suter and Bronstone.
In a 100 butterfly that saw fourth and first place separated by less than half a second, Megan Burrill came out of nowhere to move from fourth to second in the final few strokes, overtaking Suter, who gave the screaming crowd a thrill in taking out the front half of the race at a blistering pace before finishing third.
Niki Kates recorded a best time in securing second place in her specialty, the 100 backstroke.
In the final event, the Wolverines put yet another school record on the board in taking second in the 4×100 freestyle relay, powered by Megan Burrill, Bronstone, Niki Kates and Straw.
“Over the course of their careers, these senior girls have established Truckee swimming as a major force in the state,” said head coach Jody Burrill. “Their character and resiliency will provide a solid bedrock as we build the program toward the future,”
In addition to their prowess in the pool, the THS girls team was recognized for having the highest cumulative GPA.
BOYS FINISH FIFTH OVERALL
A Wolverine boys team long on talent but short on experience secured a fifth-place overall finish while smashing a couple of individual state records along the way.
The 200 medley relay, led by sophomores Cooper DeRyk and Gavin Olsen, coupled with state meet rookies Logan Kasten and Evan Opsal, secured sixth place to get the boys off to a solid start.
Olsen put more points on the board in the 200 free and 100 fly, taking seventh and sixth. After scratching the 200 IM due to a shoulder injury, Kasten brought home seventh in the 100 breast.
The 200 free relay team of Olsen, Kasten, Spencer Thomas and anchor DeRyk grabbed fourth. DeRyk simply electrified the crowd in winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle in state-record-setting fashion.
In races typically decided by fractions of a second, DeRyk made it clear early in both races that he would be competing only with the record books.
In the end the record book stood little chance. In an event that he had only attempted a handful of times previously, Opsal dropped an amazing 13 seconds in the 500 free.
Finally, the relatively inexperienced 4×100 free relay team of JP Eikam, Noah Warren, Spencer Thomas and Opsal dropped over five seconds in locking up seventh place.
On the Truckee boys squad, assistant coach Dan Kates commented, “These guys swam out of their heads today. With no departing seniors and an impressive crop of middle school boys on the horizon, the future is awfully bright.”