Truckee swimmers headed to Vegas for state meet |

Truckee swimmers headed to Vegas for state meet

The Truckee High swim team had a good showing in the regional championship in Carson City Friday and Saturday, with several qualifying for the state championship next Saturday in Las Vegas. Swimmers needed a top three result to qualify for state.

The boys 200 free relay team of Matt Gelso, Daniel Gelso, Teague Mason and Arek O’Connell placed second in 1:36.22, a new school record. The same group also qualified in the 400 free relay, placing third in 3:36.86 for another school record. Individually, Daniel Gelso qualified for state by placing second in the 200 individual medley (2:03.41) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.31).

The boys ended up in fourth place overall among Northern Nevada schools, which included the larger 4A schools.

“Overall, the meet went really well,” Truckee head coach Carey Parlette said. “I’m very pleased.”

Swimmers also had to qualify for the regional championships last weekend by making a time standard. Those who made the time standard were Lora Lashbrook; Hayley Howell (17th in the 200 IM), Kelsey Dion, Mary Silvas (15th in the 200 Free), Emily Stewart; Angela Raso; and Blake Heckendorn.

Heckendorn, a senior, had a great meet with all personal-best times, Parlette said. He placed 12th in the 200 Free in 2:09.65, dropping four seconds off his time from the prelims on the first day. Heckendorn also placed 10th in the 500 Free in 5:55.21, dropping seven seconds off his time on the first day.

O’Connell swam well but barely missed going to state in the 100 free by two-tenths of a second, placing fourth with a personal best time of 51.42. He also placed fourth in the 50 Free in 23.15.

Matt Gelso swam an impressive 200 free, earning fourth place in 1:58.76. He also finished fourth in the 100 fly in 1:00.99.

The girls 200 medley relay team of Howell, Stewart, Lashbrook and Raso placed ninth in 2:11.05 while the 200 free relay squad of Michelle Hoehn, Howell, Lashbrook and Raso placed 13th.

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