Young swimmers speedy in Oakland meet
The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team converged on the City of Oakland last weekend with another outstanding showing. Fourteen TTST swimmers made the journey to compete against numerous teams from the greater bay area. This impressive showing could be attributed to the high altitude training these young athletes do on a daily basis. It could be attributed to the weekend of cloudy weather, feeling like a balmy day at the beach for these snow-bound swimming machines. Or, it could be that their talent and hard work is showing great results everywhere they choose to go. In the aquatic world, the bay area and southern California are known as swimming mecas, but when the kids from the Sierra show up to their meets, everyone brings out their A game for the weekend. Out of the 14 TTST swimmers, every one of them set personal best times, with many swimming the maximum number of events they could enter. Top 10 overall finishes were commonplace.
Elizabeth Coasta, 10, swam her way to two top 10 finishes, narrowly missing the same results in her other three events. This was Elizabeths second swim meet ever. Based on the smile on her face during the entire weekend, her name soon will be seen again. Max Ingalls, 7, pulled down several personal best times with a seventh in the 50 freestyle and two ninth place overall finishes one in the 25 breaststroke and one in the 25 back events. Maxs charge for the wall in his races was rewarded with three heat wins out of the five events he entered. Addison Dvorack, 10, made top honors out of the bunch with five overall first place finishes. Addison took first place in every event he entered. A humble Addison was heard saying, Its cool, when asked how it felt. Maia Dvorack, 7, showed her stuff with top 10 overall finishes in all six of her events, with the exception of one 11th place finish. Maias steely eyes and intense glairs to her competitors must have made them wonder what they were getting into. Molly Ingalls, 12, took on several long races including the 200 free, where she took eighth overall, and the 200 breast, which she finished in 11th place. Scoring a personal best time in one of her favorite races, the 100 breast gave Molly a fifth-place overall finish. She also took sixth overall in her 50 breast race. Melissa Koper, 12, had three personal best times that included two fourth places and one seventh. She also took an additional sixth-place finish. One of Melissas best races was the 100 breast, where she chopped more than three seconds off her best time. Annie Kruck, 10, dominated the field in her races, taking two first-place finishes, two seconds and one fourth. Annie, who produced four personal best times in her races, seemed out to show everyone what she was made of as a swimmer. Cameron Montano, 11, accomplished a major feat by making personal best times in all his events he entered with the exception of one. A newcomer to the swim meet scene, Cameron showed he has what it takes. He can now look forward to more improvements in the future as he continues to practice and develop. Marlena Mantano, 6, showed she has the same drive as her brother, Cameron, by setting three personal best times out of the five events she entered. Marlena was a joy to watch both in the water and on the pool deck. She was seen as the model of having a good time, whether she was racing or watching her teammates. Conor Nicholas, 9, put his head down and got to the business of racing at this swim meet. Conor dropped nearly seven seconds in his 50 free race, scoring a personal best time of 48:41. Tristen Nicholas, 7, continued his brothers meet tradition of head-down racing. Putting the pedal to the metal, Tristen took three seconds off his 50 free time. Like his brother, he showed he also has skills in other competitive strokes, including butterfly, breast and back stroke. Ingrid Suter, 8, put her infectious grin in her gear bag prior to walking onto the pool deck in Oakland. The only times she took it out of the bag during the meet was when she took two third places, one fifth and one second. Ingrid couldnt help but smile when she took first overall in her 25 breast then found out she had placed in the top 10 in every race she entered. Personal best times were the order of Ingrids day in Oakland. Bayley Sonder, 8, stepped up to the starting blocks with confidence, and it showed in his results. Bayley set personal best times in all the events he entered with the exception of two. One of them was the ever-challenging 100 individual medley, where he posted a time of 2:25.15. It was his first time ever competing in the 100 I.M. Mikayla Sonder, 6, was so at ease during the meet she clearly was out to have fun. Like her brother, she was force of one in the water. She, too, raced a great 100 I.M. This 6-year-old dynamo powered to a time of 3:05.6 for her first ever 100 I.M. Mikayla was such a dominant swimmer during the meet, she made the choice to challenge gold fish in a pond at Jack London Square to a 100 free race one evening after the meet. Those same gold fish were later found at the local sushi bar being served up, as they were done after racing Mikayla.
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