Truckee swimming | Cara Silvas dominates 500 free at zones
Senior Cara Silvas dominated the 500-yard freestyle race to lead a large contingent of Truckee High swimmers at the Northern 4A Regional Finals this past weekend.
A record total of 13 Wolverines qualified to race at the regional meet, where they had to get past the trials on Friday with a top-16 finish to compete in Saturday’s finals.
Advancing beyond that to the 4A State Championship meet, which required a top-three finish, was a piece of cake for Silvas, an open-water swimmer and regular state contender the past two years in the distance events.
Silvas posted a time of 5 minutes, 11.18 seconds to win the 500 free by more than 18 seconds, sending her to state this weekend as the No. 1 seed from the North. Silvas qualified for state in the 200 free as well, finishing second in that race with a time of 1:59.23. The winner, Kaelie Reviglio of Manogue, finished in 1:57.30.
and#8220;I think she has an outstanding chance to win any race she enters, but especially the 500,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Dan Ingalls, talking about Silvas’ odds of bringing home her first individual state title.
Freshman teammate Brittany Percin also made the state cut in the 500 free, as she finished third with a time of 5:33.74.
Another Truckee freshman, Alex Straw, qualified for state in four events total, including two relays. Straw placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke, posting a time of 59.22 seconds to winner Kyle Scalise’s 58.60, which was a regional finals record in the event. He also took third in the 200 individual medley, finishing with in 1:59.81 to Scalise’s winning time of 1:58.74.
Ingalls said he was not surprised that his freshman swimmers fared as well as they did.
and#8220;Alex and Brittany have been club swimmers, and very good club swimmers, for quite some time, and now that they’re walking into the high school scene, they’re poised to come in and swim fast,and#8221; Ingalls said. and#8220;They know what competitive swimming is all about. They’re very strong racers and very strong-minded kids, so when it comes time to compete, they’re very well-versed at it.and#8221;
In addition to his two individual state berths, Straw advanced to state in the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay along with teammates Kaleb and Marcus Rodarte and Justin Ondry.
The foursome placed third in both events, posting a time of 1:34.64 in the 200 free and 1:45.56 in the 200 medley.
Ingalls was not surprised by those performances, either.
and#8220;Now that they know what the competition looks like and realize that they have to step up, those four guys have been swimming club for a long time, and they’re great competitors. They will be no pushover,and#8221; the coach said. and#8220;They are really focused on doing well at state, and I think they can rise to the occasion.and#8221;
Truckee’s girls’ 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams were disappointed after narrowly missing the state cut, Ingalls said, as they finished fourth in both races.
and#8220;The fact that they came so close will give them something to stride toward next year,and#8221; Ingalls said. and#8220;They are very close.and#8221;
The Truckee girls placed fifth overall as a team out of 18 schools, while the boys finished sixth.