The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team sent a record 29 swimmers to the 2014 Short Course Junior Olympics held in Folsom on March 14-16.
These swimmers have been training and racing hard over the past several months in order to earn a spot at the Junior Olympics.
Making it to the top of the Junior Olympic podium for her first time was 10-year-old Emma Purdy, who brought home a gold medal in the 50 breast, three silver medals in the 50 back, 100 back and 100 breast, and a bronze medal in the 50 fly. Purdy finished ninth in the 50 free and 12th in the 100 free.
Rebecca Waterson, 11, made the finals in six events, landing on the podium for a silver in the 50 fly and bronze in the 100 and 200 fly. Waterson also set a new team record for her 200 fly — a grueling distance to swim the butterfly stroke.
Cooper DeRyk, 14, also made it to the podium, taking home a silver in the 100 free and a bronze in the 50 free. DeRyk swam to a fifth-place finish in the 200 individual medley and set four new Truckee Tahoe Swim Team (TTST) team records.
In the 13-14-year-old age group, Kate Rye swam in the maximum allowed seven individual events and qualified for finals in the 50 and 100 free as well as the 100 breast.
Anna Kates swam a lightning-fast 200 breast, dropping three seconds off her best time. Gavin Olsen competed in five individual events and achieved personal best times in the 50 and 100 free.
Sean Percin had an outstanding meet, substantially improving his times in the long-distance 1,650 and 1,000-yard freestyle events. And Dylan Hornstein gave excellent performances in the 50 and 500 free.
TTST’s 11-12-year-old swimmers also put in some stellar performances.
Allison Lockard competed in seven individual events, making finals in four events. Courtney Engberg swam to personal best times in the 200 back, 50 free and 50 fly. Hunter Hoffman battled a head cold to achieve a personal-best time in the 100 free.
Zoe Klenke swam a personal-best time in her 200 back and gave strong swims in four relay events. Dylan Cole qualified for the Junior Olympics (JOs) for the first time since he started swimming with TTST and dropped six seconds off of his 500 free time.
In the 9-10-year-old age group, Jace Hoffmann qualified for finals in six events, swam to personal-best times in everything he swam and dropped an unbelievable 23.6 seconds in his 200 IM.
Caitlin Smith made the finals in both the 50 and 100 fly. Gabe Smith qualified for finals in five of the seven events he swam. Annika Thayer made finals and placed fifth in the 50 breast.
Lily Murname achieved personal-best times in her 100 and 200 free and Diego Rodriguez swam to personal-best times in many of his events.
Lola Tieslau swam in her first JOs and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially participating in the 200 free relay. Ryan Williams achieved personal-best times in all seven events he swam.
Not to be outdone by their older teammates, the 8-and-under swimmers proved they know how to rule the pool.
Reese Hoffmann, Lucas Hornstein, Asher Kates, Trevor Purdy, Hope Smith and Tatum Akers all swam to new personal-best times and thoroughly enjoyed their Junior Olympic experience.