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Truckee swimming | Percin, Straw, Hamilton, Rodartes represent Wolverines at state

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Submitted PhotoTruckee swimmers Alex Straw, Marcus Rodarte, Kaleb Rodarte, Brittany Percin and Jake Hamilton represented the largest group of Wolverines to compete at the state championship meet in more than a decade.
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Truckee High swimmers Brittany Percin, Jake Hamilton, Marcus Rodarte, Kaleb Rodarte and Alex Straw made big waves in Las Vegas at the Nevada State Championships this past Saturday.

In order to make it to the state, each swimmer has to place among the top three at the respective regional championships. Truckee swimmers were not only top three in the region, but they took many first and second places to get themselves to advance to the state meet.

That alone was a great accomplishment, as the Wolverinesand#8217; five members who qualified are more than Truckee has sent in more than 10 years.

The menand#8217;s 200-yard medley relay team made up of Marcus Rodarte (backstroke), Alex Straw (breaststroke), Kaleb Rodarte (butterfly) and Jake Hamilton (freestyle) has the rest of Nevada swimming worried because the team is young and fast. The majority of them are sophomores, with one freshman, meaning the Truckee squad should be a force for the next couple of seasons.

The medley relay squad placed fifth with a time of 1:43.17, while the same group finished seventh in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.45.

Individually, Marcus Rodarte placed seventh in the 100-yard freestyle and was within hundredths of a second from fourth place. The entire field was so close that spectators couldnand#8217;t tell which swimmer got his hand to the wall first. Rodarte will be tough competition next year in both the freestyle and backstroke events.

Percin, a sophomore, was the only female swimmer to represent Truckee at the state meet. She earned herself two seventh-places finishes, in the 200 and 500 freestyle events.

Percin dropped more than 1 second in the 200 free and 2 seconds in the 500 free from her swims the week prior. She was also named and#8220;Northern Nevada Female Swimmer of the Yearand#8221; at the regional meet on May 18, and should be a major contender in both her freestyle events.

Straw came to the state championships to show Southern Nevada, which is typically the stronger half of the state in the sport, that the swimmers up north are fast, too. And that he did.

The sophomore entered the state meet seeded sixth in the 200 individual medley and came out with a third-place finish while dropping his prior weekand#8217;s regional meet time by several seconds. He also moved up in the 100 breaststroke from fourth to a final finish of second place.

Like Percin, Straw was named and#8220;Northern Nevada Male Swimmer of the Yearand#8221; at the regional meet by winning both the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke.

Itand#8217;s safe to say that Truckee swimming has a bright future ahead.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.


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