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Truckee swimmers open season against Damonte Ranch

Dan Ingalls
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Provided to the SunTruckee High swim coach Betsy Hansen gives Dustin McQuary a hand with his cap while talking tactics for the 500 free in Carson City this past Friday. The Truckee boys defeated Damonte Ranch 124-91.
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A new Truckee High School athletic powerhouse has emerged. With only six days of training under its belt entering the first meet of the season, the Truckee High swim team came to life this past Friday.

Considering the team has been low on numbers the last several years, new co-coaches Betsy Hansen and Dan Ingalls could not be more pleased with the 46 athletes who make up this year’s squad.

On Friday the Truckee team ” made up of many first-time competitive swimmers ” traveled to Carson City for a head-to-head meet against Damonte Ranch. Once at the pool, several of the seasoned veterans took charge and got the team on track for the task at hand.

Opening the meet in the 200 medley relay, Truckee girls Cami Straw (back), Sarah Westmoreland (fly), Molly Ingalls (breast) and Cara Silvas (free) put their stamp of authority on the event, taking second place behind a powerful Damonte team.

Not to be outdone, the Truckee boys medley relay team of Dustin McQuarry (back), Zeke Vandehei (fly), Andreas Barth (breast) and Ryan Kasten (free) also took second place, narrowly missing first place to a talented team from Carson High.

Overall, the Truckee boys defeated Damonte Ranch 124-91, while the Truckee girls fell 169-105.

Although the boys were victorious where the girls were not, there was no sign of despair. The girls were plagued with disqualifications for simple mistakes that coaches are sure will be corrected in the coming weeks of practice, along with improved fitness. The depth of the girls squad will surely come to the forefront in the meets to come.

One reason for confidence comes from the performance of many of the veterans in their individual events. Cara Silvas’ win in the 500 freestyle serves as an example, as she completed the 20-lap race with a time of 5 minutes, 18.14 seconds ” more than 25 seconds faster than her closest challenger.

Another reason for confidence going into the season were the outstanding performances by all the first-time swimmers.

Eric Patterson, Scott Koper, Graham Holten and Dylan Jones put in very respectable 100 breast races, taking sixth through ninth in their first-ever swim meet. First-time girls, among others, included Lauren Driscoll, Jillian Haun and Sarah Jahr, all of whom competed in the 100 breaststroke race with a highly successful outcome.