Truckee swimming | Girls take down larger Douglas squad |

Truckee swimming | Girls take down larger Douglas squad

Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comMackenzie Redner, Amanda Novick and Erika Klenk (left to right) of the Truckee High swim team stand on the blocks for a 200 individual medley race.

With the winter high school sports seasons winding down, keep an eye on the horizon for the breaking of spring. Granted, the stars of winter are still shinning bright in the hearts of many as a result of countless outstanding performances in snowboarding, Alpine and Nordic skiing, and basketball. With the winter season still seemingly in full swing in Truckee, coupled with cold temperatures lingering around town, it might be a challenge to think about swimming.

Thatand#8217;s not the case with the Truckee High swim team. This weekend was the first meet held after just a week of practice. The spring sports season is now in full bloom.

Matched up against one of the strongest challengers in the league, Truckee hosted Douglas High at the Truckee pool recently. Truckee team records fell, personal-best times were recorded by returning athletes and newcomers to the team showed that the 2011 boys and girls squads will be forces to be reckoned with this year.

During the first event of the meet, Truckeeand#8217;s boys smashed the standing medley relay record set back in 2000 by more than 10 seconds and#8212; a lifetime in swimming. Setting the stage for the meet, Marcus Rodarte, Alex Straw, Kaleb Rodarte and Dustin McQuarry took the win, earning the team the highest level of points to open the meet.

The same relay team broke a second school record in the 4×100 freestyle relay while also earning another first-place finish for the meet.

Individual performances that broke personal records and scored major points for the team came from Holton Graham, Kyle Jorgensen and Andreas Barth. Event in light of these achievements, the size of the Douglas team pushed them to the meet victory by a score of 132-98.

Having some big flip flops to fill, the girls stepped up to the blocks in dominating fashion to take the overall win from the Douglas squad, 145-133. The Truckee girls showed that they, too, are likely to challenge all comers for a first-ever league swimming championship in 2011.

Falling behind during the first half of the meet, the Truckee ladies narrowly missed a first place by less then two seconds in the medley relay. Braighlee Silvera, Molly Ingalls, Brittany Percin and Cara Silvas pushed themselves to the brink of collapse, still pulling down five points toward their overall success. Not to be outdone, Sarah Westmoreland and Annika Deurlington put on a show in the 200 freestyle event, capturing another nine points for the team.

The girls gained even more momentum in the 200 individual medley, with the performances of Amanda Novick, Mackenzie Redner and Erika Klenk pulling in another 10 points. Holding their own in the 50 freestyle event, Alycia Wilson, Micelle Aldabe, Stevye Laine and Carly Clusserath brought in another 12 points for the team.

The first- through third-place finishes by Cara Silvas, Brittany Percin and Amanda Novick, respectively, in the longest event of the meet, the 500 freestyle, pushed the girls over the top. They sealed the deal in the 4×50 freestyle relay with a first-place finish delivered by Molly Ingalls, Cara Silvas, Amanda Novick and Brittany Percin.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at

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