Truckee Tahoe Swim Team posts impressive marks
The 2008 Long Course Junior Olympics started off in Solano, Calif., the weekend of July 19 with the long-distance meter events ” and the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team (TTST) made quite a splash.
Jake Hamilton won the Boys 10-and-under 400-meter freestyle with a personal-best time of 5:57 and set a new ‘A’ time. Teammate Bayley Sonder placed seventh in the event. Brittany Percin posted a personal-best time in the 11-12 Girls 800 freestyle on Saturday and came back Sunday to place seventh in the 1,500 freestyle.
The next weekend, the team traveled to Redding for the remainder of the scheduled meet. TTST was represented by 10-and-under swimmers Niki Kates, Lily Sloan, Brittney Straw, Kayla Redner, Ingrid Suter, Jake Hamilton and Luke Rodarte. TTST’s 11-12 swimmers included Brittany Percin, Alex Davis and Alex Straw, while the 13-14 age group was represented by Mackenzie Redner, Molly Ingalls and Erika Klenk.
Despite the terribly smoky conditions due to the local fires ” sometimes reaching hazardous levels on the air quality index ” the swimmers stepped up and posted many personal-best times. Luke Rodarte set a Sierra Nevada JO record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:30.27.
The first day of the meet there were trials and finals. The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team started off the meet with best times nearly across the board.
Jake Hamilton placed second in the 200 freestyle. Luke Rodarte placed second in the 50 butterfly and won the 100 breaststroke. Kayla Redner placed seventh in the 100 breaststroke. Brittney Straw swam to a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke and a sixth in the 50 butterfly. Alex Straw placed second in the 200 breaststroke and second in the 50 backstroke.
On Friday it was decided that the meet would be timed finals-only as the air quality continued to be extremely poor. That decision was repeated for the remainder of the weekend. Alex Straw placed fifth in the 200 individual medley (IM). Jake Hamilton placed fourth in the 200 IM, third in the 100 free and second in the 50 backstroke. Luke Rodarte placed first in both the 50 backstroke and 100 free. Kayla Redner placed seventh in the 200 IM and eighth in the 50 backstroke, and Brittney Straw placed second in the 200 IM.
Saturday proved to be just as successful, even though three TTST swimmers ” Brittany Percin, Erika Klenk and Mackenzie Redner ” departed to swim in the other team meet taking place in Quincy.
Jake Hamilton swam to a third-place finish in the 100 back while Luke Rodarte took first. Brittney Straw swam to third in the 50 breast and a fifth in the 100 back. Ingrid Suter placed fourth in the 50 breast. Alex Straw was third in both the 50 breast and 100 back. The girls 10-and-under 200 medley relay team of Kayla Redner, Ingrid Suter, Brittney Straw and Lily Sloan placed fourth.
On Saturday night the breeze picked up and blew most of the low smoke away. The final day saw Alex Davis swim to a seventh-place finish in the 200 fly. Alex Straw placed third in the 100 breaststroke. Brittney Straw placed sixth in the 100 fly. Luke Rodarte won the 50 free and Jake Hamilton took second place.
As a result of his consistently finishing in the top three spots, Luke Rodarte was the high point winner in the 10-and-under Boys category. Jake Hamilton, tied for high point for most of the meet, ended up with a third-place finish overall.
Molly Ingalls, Erika Klenk, Mackenzie Redner, Lily Sloan and Brittany Percin rounded out the team swims with personal-best times in most of their events.
As a result of their excellent swim times this year, Jake Hamilton, Luke Rodarte, Brittney Straw, Kayla Redner and Alex Straw were selected to compete in the Western Zone meet Aug. 6-9 in Gresham Oregon. They will be representing the Sierra Nevada Association as well as the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team. Lynn Redner, past president and a team Mom of TTST, was chosen as chaperone for the trip.
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