Truckee swimming | Girls, boys finish second at state
The Truckee girls and boys swim teams put exclamation points on their strong seasons with second-place finishes, both to Boulder City, in the Division I-A state championships in Carson City on Saturday.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these kids,” said Truckee coach Jody Burrill. “They all gave it their all and have some rather incredible results to show for it.”
Truckee’s girls finished runner-up out of 13 teams, accumulating 104 points to Boulder City’s 145. Sierra Vista rounded out the top three with 74 points.
For the Truckee girls, the 200 medley relay team of juniors Niki Kates, Brittney Straw, Ingrid Suter and Kyla Burrill set the tone early with a school record, sending a clear message to eventual champion Boulder City that they would have a battle on their hands all afternoon.
The girls swept the 100 breaststroke with Straw, Suter and freshman Grace Bronstone dropping the hammer on all comers.
When illness caused a last-minute change to the lineups for both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, freshmen Megan Burrill and Bronstone were unflappable in rising to the challenge.
Megan Burrill, coming fresh off her fifth-place 500 free, helped power Sarah Manthrope, Anna Keith and Natasha Krider to a seventh-place finish in the 200 free relay.
In the 100 fly, Suter rose to the occasion as she seemingly always does in big meets and won as the third seed, while the sister act of Megan and Kyla Burrill took fourth and seventh, respectively.
Kyla Burrill showed true grit in grinding out one of the toughest races in the meet despite being more than a bit under the weather. Those points would prove crucial for the Wolverines.
The girls also picked up points in the 200 individual medley with Straw taking third and Bronstone and fellow freshman Anna Kates placing sixth and seventh, respectively.
Nicole Shacter added punch in the middle-distance events, finishing eighth in the 200 free and seventh in the 500 free.
Veteran Niki Kates overcame an injury-plagued season to bag fourth in the 100 backstroke.
In the final event of the meet, with Kyla Burrill unable to compete in the 400 free relay, Bronstone again stepped up and helped Niki Kates, Suter and Straw to a second-place finish.
Truckee’s girls will look to improve on their state results next season, as they return nearly their entire team.
Truckee’s boys came into the state championship meet long on speed and short on numbers.
With injuries keeping the 200 medley relay team on the sidelines, the five-member team gave Boulder City all it could handle before finally succumbing by a score of 99 points to 79. Faith Lutheran’s boys were third with 76 points. There were 16 boys teams.
The signature moment for the Wolverines came in the 400 free relay.
Still smarting from a narrow defeat to Sage Ridge at the regional championships the previous week, Truckee left little doubt which team was the fastest in the state.
The third-seeded Wolverines took the lead behind senior veteran Jake Hamilton and never gave the competition so much as a sniff.
With 150 yards to go it was clear all others were racing for second place as the Truckee squad shaved five seconds off the school record it set at regionals. Senior Sam Robertson teamed with freshmen Gavin Olsen and phenom Cooper DeRyk to slam the door.
Robertson and fellow senior Brenden McKeen got the boys started by scoring sixth- and seventh-place finishes in the 200 free, respectively, while Hamilton and Olsen took fourth and sixth in the 200 individual medley.
Robertson placed sixth in the100 fly and Olsen took fourth in the grueling 500 free. McKeen finished off his high school career with seventh place in the 100 back, while Hamilton nabbed second in the 100 breast.
The same team of Hamilton, Robertson, Olsen and DeRyk simply outclassed the competition in the 200 free relay, cruising to an easy win.
“We feel great about the future and hope that the excitement surrounding this team draws other students into the sport,” coach Burrill said. “Some of the kids who made major contributions to the team had zero swimming experience before the season started. It makes me wonder which unknowns will shine next year.”