Truckee swimming | Wolverines rollin’ into league championships
Old Man Winter seems to be loosening his grip on Truckee High spring sports. Although many people might think the one team that would not be affected by the long, harsh winter would be the Wolverines’ swim team. With indoor pools and the deserts of Northern Nevada covering most of the league’s range, nothing could have been further from the truth.
The short spring season for high school swimmers is already challenging enough. Swimming is not like swinging a bat or running around a track, granted, those athletes deserve all the respect under the sun, too. Swimming is far more technical than most people think, and conditioning comes with the steep price of consistent training and practice and pain.
Two-plus weeks of meet delays, canceled practices and make-up meets came crashing down around the competition this Friday and Saturday when the Truckee swim team train pulled into town.
During the home meet against Reed on Friday, with very few exceptions Truckee swimmers took first place in every race they entered. The women dominated Reed, never looking back and taking the meet win. The men, having fewer swimmers on the roster, had a bit more to overcome against the much larger Reed team.
However, the relay teams made up of Justin Ondry, Marcus Rodarte, Kaleb Rodarte and Alex Straw not only pulled down the much larger team, they also pulled down school records that had been standing for years. Driving hard to the finish, the individual performances of Graham Holton and Andreas Barth carried the men’s squad to a one-point win over Reed.
With less than 24 hours to recover, the Truckee team reassembled in Reno for a make-up meet against two formidable opponents. South Tahoe and North Valleys ganged up on the Truckee crew, putting the pressure on from the onset of the meet.
At the halfway mark, the Truckee men held a one-point lead while the women switched on the cruse control. The effort of the medley relay team made up of Braighlee Silvera, Molly Ingalls, Erika Klenk and Cara Silvas laid the ground work for the individual efforts of Carly Maurer, Michelle Aldabe in the 50 freestyle, Madison Richey, Stevey Laine in the 100 freestyle and Amand Novic’s solid first-place finish in the 200 individule medley.
Racine Santen’s hard work every day at practice earned her a personal-best time in the 100 breast, building more points on the Truckee side of the scoreboard. First-year women swimmers Stacy Moorehouse, Carly Maurer, Madison Richey and Stevey Laine scored major points while Carly Cluusserath’s performance in the longest race of the day, the 500 freestyle, sealed the deal with a 51-41 win over South Tahoe and a 62-26 shellacking of the North Valleys women.
Following in the women’s footsteps, the men were not to be outdone. In strategic fashion, the talented men’s squad was stacked in all the relays, earning maximum points by again winning every race they entered. In each of the relays, the guys won by pool lengths rather than fractions of seconds, as is common in the swimming world.
These wins did come at a steep price, however. The pressure was now focused on individual races for the team’s success. To his credit, Holton Graham withstood this pressure with awesome performances in each of his races. If there were MVPs named at swim meets, this one would go to Holton. The guy swam out of his skin, earning critical points to lead the men to a 37-34 win over North Valley and another one-point win, 36-35, over South Tahoe.
UP NEXT: Truckee competes in the Northern 4A League Championships on Saturday, May 7 in Minden. This will surly be an all-hands-on-deck event that could bring Truckee its first-ever league championship in swimming.
and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at email@example.com.