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Truckee swimmers sizzle at long course Junior Olympics

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Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comTruckee Tahoe Swim Team coaches Debbie Meyer and Betsy Hansen gather for a photo with their Junior Olympic swimmers. TTST had 18 swimmers qualify for the long course Junior Olympics in Redding from July 21-24.
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Temperatures were in the triple digits, and the Truckee Tahoe Swim Teamand#8217;s Junior Olympic contingent sizzled, too.

TTST had 18 swimmers qualify to attend the long course Junior Olympics held by Sierra Nevada Swimming, a division of USA Swimming. The meet was held July 21-24 at the Redding (Calif.) Aquatic Centerand#8217;s 50-meter outdoor pool.

The swimmers competed in 66 races, with the majority of those resulting in personal-best times. In the Girlsand#8217; 17 and older age group, Alycia Wilson had a person-best time in the 50 freestyle, and Molly Ingalls swam four events and took fourth place in the 100 breaststroke. Ingalls is looking forward to her senior year of high school and continuing to swim and play water polo in college.

In the 15-16 age group, TTST was represented by 16-year-old Kaleb Rodarte, who has been swimming with TTST since he was 6 and qualified for four events. He dropped almost 8 seconds from his 200 individual medley time. On the girlsand#8217; side, 16-year-old Amanda Novick competed in seven events and had personal bests in all. She also took home a fourth-place medal in the 1,500 freestyle, where she took more than 19 seconds off of her time.

Jake Hamilton, 13, qualified in two events and dropped a whopping 14 seconds from his 400 free. He also came up with best times in both. TTST qualified four 13-year-old girls to the meet. Kyla Burrill, Nicole Kates and Ingrid Suter all had best times in their events. Brittney Straw qualified in nine events and brought home three medals in the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM. Adding to Strawand#8217;s accomplishments, she took more than 5 seconds off her 200 free and obtained a higher time standard. Plus, she qualified for Sectionals with those breastroke swims, which sends her to Long Beach in December.

TTST sent one of each in the 11-12 age group. Madelyn Monson, 12, swam the 200 breast, and 11-year-old Cooper Deryk swam personal bests in his three events. Deryk also shaved close to 3 seconds off of his 100 freestyle time to achieve an and#8220;Aand#8221; time.

Dropping down another age group to the 9-10 division, TTST had another great showing. Sean Percin, 10, competed in the maximum seven events for this age group and had personal bests in six, including shaving almost 2 seconds off his 50 free time. On the girlsand#8217; side, 10-year-olds Megan Burrill and Anna Kates both swam in a handful of events and set personal-best times. Burill took 4 seconds off her 100 free and Kates took an astounding 33 seconds off of her 100 breast time. That swim earned Kates a higher time standard.

Rounding out this group is 9-year-old Allison Lockard, who also swam the maximum seven events and turned in personal bests in all of them. A highlight for Lockard was taking more than 6 seconds off her 400 free and taking ninth place.

Finally, three 8-year-old TTST girls competed. Annika Thayer took home third place in the overall high point awards for 8 and under girls. Thayer competed in four events and received four medals and#8212; third place in both the 50 breast and 100 free, fourth place in the 50 free, and sixth in 50 back. Annsley Akers competed in her first JO meet and out of two events, turned in a personal best in 50 back and a fifth-place finish. Rebecca Waterson also competed in her first JOs and took home two medals and#8212;- third place in the 50 free and second place in the 50 back. Waterson also swam personal bests and achieved an and#8220;AAA+and#8221; time standard in her 50 back.

TTST Head Coach Debbie Meyer was thrilled with results.

and#8220;We are so proud of all the TTST swimmers,and#8221; said Meyer, an Olympic Hall of Famer and three-time Olympic gold medalist. and#8220;This has been such a short summer with school letting out so late and they really worked hard during the short season to perform so well. From the youngest on the team to the oldest, we have an awesome group of swimmers.and#8221;

The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The team will host its annual open-water swim, Hot August Chill, at Donner Lake on Sunday, Aug. 21. Find more information at http://www.truckeeswim.com.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.