Truckee swimming | Wolverines to send sizable crew to state championship
Dan Ingalls was one proud coach after watching his Truckee High swim team hold its own against schools more than twice its size at the 4A Northern Region Swimming Championships this past Thursday and Friday.
and#8220;So far that regional meet, and that whole regional experience, was probably the highlight of my coaching career,and#8221; Ingalls said. and#8220;It was outstanding in every way.and#8221;
Truckee swimmers achieved state-qualifying results (top three) in seven events at the regional meet in Carson City, which included 17 schools between the 4A, 3A and 2A divisions. The Truckee boys, who in past years have struggled with numbers, finished fifth overall by recording several top finishes.
and#8220;Relative to years previous, our boys have frankly been spanking the competition. They’ve been doing really well,and#8221; Ingalls said.
Sophomore Alex Straw was a major contributor to the boys’ success, as he earned regional titles in four separate events. Aside from winning the 200-yard individual medley and upsetting the top seed in the 100 breaststroke, Straw was also part of the winning 200 medley relay team along with Marcus Rodarte, Kaleb Rodarte and Jake Hamilton.
and#8220;They’ve been tearing it up,and#8221; Ingalls said of the 200 medley squad. and#8220;I believe they were undefeated through the entire season.and#8221;
In addition, Straw was part of the 200 freestyle relay team (same crew as the medley) that advanced with a third-place finish.
Sophomore Brittany Percin also represented the Wolverines well, winning the regional title in the 500 freestyle and advancing to state with a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle. Percin, who has competed in a number of long-distance open-water swims, picked up right where fellow Truckee distance specialist Cara Silvas left off, as Silvas, who graduated last year, was fifth in state in the 500 free the past two years.
and#8220;She’s definitely stepping up to it,and#8221; Ingalls said. and#8220;She was seeded super well, and she’s probably going to do real well down south (at state).and#8221;
Marcus Rodarte also qualified for the state championship in the 100 free with a second-place finish, while he narrowly missed the cut in the 100 backstroke by placing fourth.
Straw’s 100 breastroke win was perhaps the most exciting race of the day, Ingalls said. After battling neck-and-neck all season with Kyle Scalise of Reed, who entered the event as the top seed, Straw outdistanced Scalise in the final to win in a time of 58.92 to his rival’s 58.99. Straw, whose win marked the first of season over Scalise in the event, was runner-up to him in the prelims, 1:01.74 to 1:00.86.
Straw entered 200 individual medley as the top seed and defended it easily in a time of 1:58.78 to Bishop Manogue runner-up Cory Johnson’s 2:05.01.
His team’s 200 medley relay, meanwhile, was seeded second to Douglas. But the Wolverines pulled through in the final, as they posted a winning time of 1:42.98 to the 4A school’s 1:43.65.
Percin, who had earned the No. 1 seed in the 500 free in the prelims, defeated Reno’s Danielle Ginsburg to capture the title in a time of 5:24.03. Ginsburg finished in 5:26.07.
Percin finished runner-up to Rachel Matsumura in the 200 free, posting a 1:59.13 to Matsumura’s 1:53.53.
Marcus Rodarte punched his ticket to state in the 100 free by finishing second in 50.26. Patrick McCrillis of McQueen won the race in 47.82.
Truckee’s boys’ 200 freestyle relay team finished third behind McQueen and Galena. The Truckee squad recorded a time of 1:34.02, while McQueen won in 1:32.78.
The Truckee athletes will have their work cut out for them at the state championship meet, as Southern Nevada schools traditionally produce fast swimmers, Ingalls said.
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