Truckee swimming: Cara Silvas takes fourth at state |

Truckee swimming: Cara Silvas takes fourth at state

Brad Horn/Sun News ServiceTruckee sophomore Cara Silvas competes in the 500-yard freestyle at the NIAA Swimming andamp; Diving Championships in Reno on Saturday. Silvas placed fourth in the race.

RENO, Nev. Truckee sophomore Cara Silvas raced to a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle against some stiff competition in 4A state championship this past Saturday.Silvas, the only Truckee swimmer at state, posted a time of 5 minutes, 13.54 seconds to improve on her regional time of 5:14.12, which earned her the Norths No. 1 seed entering the state meet.Southern Nevada swimmers swept the top three spots in the 500 free, with Allie Dodds winning in 5:07.89, Courtney Maddock taking second in 5:10.63 and Jesse Barra third in 5:12.96.Last year as a freshman Silvas also was the only girl from Truckee to qualify for state, where she placed fifth in the Las Vegas meet with a time of 5:16.07. This years state meet was held at the Lombardi Recreation Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. For complete results from the meet, go to and click on Swimming and Diving on the left-hand side of the web page.

Covering 500 yards in a pool may seem like a lengthy swim for some. Not Silvas.This past October, Silvas successfully completed her second RCP Tiburon Mile Open Water Swim in the San Francisco Bay.The race, which measures one nautical mile (roughly 1.2 miles), draws an elite field of 800-plus swimmers, including 15 to 20 Olympians and World Champions from 20 countries.Competing in her second Tiburon Mile at age 15, Silvas finished 12th in her 13-18 age group with a time of 26 minutes, 17 seconds.

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