Truckee swimming | Alex Straw leads Wolverines in state meet
Five Truckee swimmers represented the Wolverines at the Nevada State High School Swimming and Diving Championship in Carson City this past Saturday.
Freshman Alex Straw made the biggest splash, as he brought back the school’s only medal with a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. The top four in each event were awarded a medal.
Straw was joined at state by senior Cara Silvas, who competed in two events, as well as relay teammates Marcus and Kaleb Rodarte and Justin Ondry for the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays.
and#8220;I was proud of all of them. It was awesome,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Dan Ingalls. and#8220;Alex’s individual performances were great. He dropped time down to the last race.
and#8220;And Truckee was finally able to send not only a relay of boys, but a strong relay of boys. And having a competitive relay team in two events was awesome for the school.and#8221;
Silvas finished fifth in her strongest event, the 500-yard freestyle, after earning the top seed from the North in the regional final the previous week. She posted a time of 5 minutes, 14.24 seconds to the winning time of 4:58.25, set by Sammy Harrison of Coronado. Southern Nevada swimmers, which typically come from stronger school swim programs, Ingalls said, swept the top four spots in the race.
Silvas finished seventh in her other event, the 200 free, after earning the North’s No. 2 seed. She finished in 2:00.86, while Harrison also won that race in 1:51.82.
Truckee freshman Brittany Percin also made the state cut in the 500 free, placing third at regionals. But she was away on vacation and did not attend the state meet, Ingalls said.
Straw swam a strong 100 breaststroke race, as he improved on his time at regionals to finish fourth in 58.99 seconds. JR Deem of Spring Valley won the race in a blazing 56.73, while Kyle Scalise of Reno was second in 57.35.
In the 100 IM, Straw posted a time of 1:58.86 to finish fifth. Andrew Peterson of Boulder City won in 1:52.30.
Ingalls said members of the Truckee boys’ relay teams were slightly disappointed they didn’t place higher, but the coach was pleased with their effort nonetheless.
The group of four and#8212; Straw, Ondry and Marcus and Kaleb Rodarte and#8212; finished sixth in the 200 freestyle relay, posting a time of 1:34.58 to Boulder City’s winning mark of 1:27.13. They were sixth in the 200 medley relay, finishing in 1:44.96 to Spring Valley’s winning time of 1:38.41.
and#8220;They wanted to be more competitive than they were in their final placing, but relative to regionals, they dropped time, and compared to how they were seeded relative to other teams, they beat other teams that beat them previously,and#8221; Ingalls said.
Truckee’s boys finished seventh overall out of the 20 schools entered in the state meet, which was won by Boulder City. The girls tied for 18th as Bishop Gorman took the title.
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