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March 7, 2012
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Young Incline swimmers compete in Junior Olympics

The storm last week cleared out just in time as four Incline Village swimmers on the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team (TTST) took to the outdoor pool in Folsom to compete in the Sierra Nevada Swimming Short Course (25-yard) 14 andamp; Under Junior Olympics.The Junior Olympics (JOs) are the first step into elite swimming, and qualifying is a great feat in its own. Competition spanned three days, March 2-4. Preliminary swims happened during the day and the top 10 finishers returned after a 90-minute break each evening for the finals, making for 12-hour days. Showing their mettle for TTST in the 9-10 girls’ age group were Taylor Chaney, 10, Allison Lockard, 10, and Rebecca Waterson, 9. Chaney, a fifth-grader at Incline Elementary School, began training with TTST in October and quickly established JO qualifying times in seven individual events. Competing in her first Junior Olympics, she achieved personal-best times in most of her events and looks forward to many more great meets.Lockard, also a fifth-grader at Incline Elementary, is no stranger to the JOs. This is her third consecutive appearance since joining TTST in the fall of 2010. She chose to swim in six out of the 12 individual events for which she qualified. She is well on her way to obtaining her goal of competing at the next level of elite swimming, the Far Westerns. Lockard swam personal bests in most of her events. She also brought home medals to add to her war chest with four top-10 finishes, solidly placing her in the top ranks of the age group.A fourth-grader at Lake Tahoe School, Waterson qualified to compete in five events in her second Junior Olympics since joining TTST a year ago. Waterson aged up in the fall and earned three “A”-level times during the meet. In a big surprise, she went from being seeded 29th out of 32 competitors in the 100 backstroke, to taking 12 seconds off of her best time and a bringing home an eighth-place medal. Waterson said she loves competing swim meets because, “I get to do my two favorite things — read a lot of books between events, and swim.”All three were also integral members of the 200 individual medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay, which each placed in the top 10.“I enjoyed the relay team events most,” said Chaney. “They were so fun.” Kate Rye, an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Incline Middle School, completed the Incline contingent. She has been swimming for TTST since she was 7 years old and has consistently qualified for the JOs since she was 9. Rye recently aged up to the 11-12 age group and has trained hard and with focus to earn six qualifying times for this Junior Olympics. She achieved many best times and her positive outlook and hard work bode well for her goal to never quit swimming. Up next for Rye is training for the long-course (50-meter pool) session this spring and summer.The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. Debbie Meyer, an Olympic Hall of Fame swimmer and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, heads up the coaching staff. Find more information about the team at www.truckeeswim.com.— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@tahoebonanza.com.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 7, 2012 05:13PM Published Mar 7, 2012 05:03PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.