Marin, relay teams medal at state meet for Tahoe Swim Club |

Marin, relay teams medal at state meet for Tahoe Swim Club

Francisco Marin took third place in the 100-yard breaststroke and took fourth in four other events to lead the Tahoe Swim Club at the Nevada State Championships Feb. 18-21 in Las Vegas.

Marin also placed sixth in two other events, and another highlight for club was watching its relay team place second in the 100 freestyle in the girls’ 8-and-under division. The team of Allison King, Alexis Wahl, Maia Bickert and Lissie Stewart also took fourth in the 100 medley relay race.

The Tahoe Swim Club finished ninth overall at the meet, which attracted more than 600 swimmers from 14 different clubs in Nevada.

“This is probably the strongest showing this club has had at the state meet,” said coach Jerry Erickson. “Other swimmers were competing against swimmers from very large communities like Las Vegas and Reno.”

In individual events for the girls’ 8-and-under division, Wahl won awards for finishing in the top-10 in six different events, including a sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle, and Wahl had two top-7 finishes.

Marin’s accomplishments came in the boys’ 9-10 year-old division, the same age group that Dan Kalinowski also racked up numerous awards. Kalinowski took seventh in two events (100 freestyle, 50 breaststroke) and finished among the top-10 in four other events.

In the girls’ 9-10 year-old division, Cassandra Marin took fifth in the 100 breaststroke and seventh in the 50 breaststroke, and Allison Churchill had three top-10 results, including an eighth-place finish in the 50 butterfly. Shelby McIntyre had 13th-place finishes in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

In the girls’ 15 and over group, Natalie Turner took 10th in the 100 freestyle and 12th in the 50 and 200 freestyle races. In the boys’ 11-12 year-old division, Sean Sullivan and David Wise each had top-16 finishes, while Tim Powers had two top-16 results in the boys’ 15 and over group.

Other Tahoe Swim Club athletes who had qualifying times at the meet included Mary Kalinowski, Brooke King, Taylor Shearer, Kira Smith, Clara Stewart, Casey Willets, Casey Delacruz, Brianna Hallam, Lindsay Best, Lacey Payne, Palmer Chaplin, Andres Chaplin and Daniel Rabbetts.

“When our performance at this meet is compared to the performance of other teams from communities of similar size to ours, we came out on top,” Erickson said. “We did very well, and our swimmers got a real education competing against the power of the big-city teams and against the strongest swimmers.”

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