Young Torpedoes make splash in Davis |

Young Torpedoes make splash in Davis

A number of rising stars on the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team (TTST) Torpedoes arrived in Davis, Calif., during the weekend of May 5.

Most of the young swimmers took a deep breath and plunged into their very first real swim meet. Excitement ran high for all these athletes and coaches during the entire weekend as it was an opportunity to see all their hard work from practice pay off.

The Davis meet was ideally suited to the introduction of new swimmers to the intensity of competitive swimming. In fact, TTST Head Coach Betsy Hansen urged her older, more veteran swimmers to not attend the meet so total focus could be devoted to the less experienced talent on the TTST team.

Coaches were astounded by the young squad’s performance. As the meet went on throughout the weekend, temperatures soared. In some cases, our high-paced TTST swimmers turn up the heat on their own through sheer effort in the water.

Temperatures were so high during the meet, officials tried to cool the coaches down by serving popsicles. At one point, Chelle, TTST’s assistant coach, looked like a 2-year-old child strapped in her car seat with her very first soft serve ice cream cone in hand.

With overwhelming enthusiasm for her swimmers, Chelle was eventually covered in the red stains of popsicle juice, requiring a change of cloths and a renewed search for her personal dignity. Her praise for the swimmers and laughter could be heard for miles away.

Michael Reynaud, 13

Elizabeth Costa, 11

Alex Davis, 11

Brittney Straw, 9

Marcelle Reynaud, 9

Zoe Johnson, 10

Alyssa Arington, 10

Luke Rodarte, 9

Bayley Sonder, (9

Kiara Arington, 8

Mikayla Sonder, 7

Erika Klenk, 11

Marcus Rodarte, 11

Kaleb Rodarte, 11

Lily Sloan, 9

Hailey Pope, 8

Zach Williams, 7

Emma Costa, 6

Grace Bronstone, 6

Anna Kates, 6

Niki Kates, 8

Sean Percin, 6

Cooper DE Ryk, 7

Alycia Wilson, 13

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