Truckee swimmers sink competition at home meet
Truckee swimmers continued a stellar start to the spring season last Saturday against teams from the Reno-Sparks area, including Reed, Wooster, Damonte Ranch, and also squads from Fernley and North Tahoe.
The Truckee boys, who are the defending state champions, had a number of solid performances during the meet, beginning with the team of Ryan Williams, Aaron Bronstone, Dylan Cole, and Kaikea Crews winning the 200-yard medley relay.
Cole then posted the second fastest mark in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:56.92. Truckee’s Evan Opsal continued the strong run of performances, finishing second overall in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:16.75. Opsal later swam won the 500-yard freestyle, dominating the competition by more than 25 seconds with a time of 5:40.42.
Crews then dominated the field in the 50-yard freestyle, winning by nearly three seconds with a time of 21.18.
“My strongest events are the 100 back and my 100 freestyle,” said Crews. “We’ve been working a lot on small, attention to detail type things, and I think that’s why my 100s are taking off right now.”
Crews later outswam the field of athletes in the 100-yard butterfly by more than 10 seconds, touching the wall with a time of 1:01.33.
In the 100-yard freestyle, Truckee’s Noah Warren posted the second fastest time of any racer with a time of 54.41. Warren later teamed up with Williams, Bronstone, and Opsal to post the fastest time of any group in the 200-yard relay. The team finished with a time of 1:38.05. Williams would return to the water following the relay race and swim to first place in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall a time of 1:01.79.
The team of Opsal, Cole, Diego Rodriguez, and Crews closed the meet by winning the 400-yard relay, topping the second-place squad from Reed by nearly a minute with a time of 3:39.21.
On the girls’ side, the team of Riley Madigan, Caitlin Smith, Emma Purdy, and Courtney Engberg combined to win the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:56.74.
Truckee’s Brooke Saathoff and Madigan then battled it out in the following event, the 200-yard freestyle. The two girls were well ahead of the rest of the field as they reached the final wall. Saathoff would just out touch Madigan, winning by 0.31 with a time of 2:12.39. Madigan also posted the second fastest time in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall with a mark of 1:07.03. Truckee’s Megan Darzynkiewicz was second out of the field of girls in the 200-yard individual medley with a time 2:43.23.
Truckee’s Purdy proved to be the fastest swimmer in the pool, winning the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.48. Purdy also dominated the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall more than six seconds ahead of second place with a time of 56.85.
Smith then hit the water and brought the Truckee girls another top finish, claiming the win in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.62.
AnnElise Cuneo added to Truckee’s standout performance by taking first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:10.48. Cuneo outswam second place by more than 12 seconds. Elana Tebb closed out the meet by winning the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:24.58.
Truckee’s 200-yard relay team of Purdy, Saathoff, Darzynkiewicz, and Engberg was also first with a time of 1:47.15.
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