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2018 Nevada State Recap

Through the 1990s and early 2000s, Reno Aquatic Club dominated the Nevada State Meet. After a population boom, influx of new pools, and some great coaching in the Las Vegas area, the teams from the South took over the top-spot in Nevada.

Boulder City and the Sandpipers have won the meet for the last two decades. Teams in the South are 5-6 times bigger than RENO and have many pools available. It’s very challenging to compete against that, but it is a challenge I am willing to take on. Realistically, it will probably take 5-10 years (and more pool space) to catch-up with the Vegas teams, but I am confident it can happen.

Last year at the State meet, team scores weren’t tallied. But looking through the results, RENO was probably the 4th or 5th best team from Northern Nevada. In order to be the top-team in the State, RENO would first have to reclaim the title of being the best team in Northern Nevada. I thought it would be a 2-3 year process to do this.  

During our State rally before the meet, I talked about “putting RENO back on the map.” I knew our swimmers were ready to have some great individual swims, but I didn’t think we had the quantity of swimmers to compete for the top spot in the North…. Well, I was wrong. At the conclusion of the meet, RENO finished 5th overall and we secured the top team in the North by 434 points!

I am so proud of our swimmers and coaching staff. It was very fun to watch us shock the state and reclaim the title as the top-team from the North. We are definitely on our way to putting RENO back on the map! 

Team Scores

  1. Sandpipers – 9,634.5
  2. Boulder City-Henderson – 4,993.5
  3. Las Vegas Swim Club – 3,454.5
  4. Team Rebel Aquatics – 2,724
  5. Reno Aquatic Club – 2,314
  6. Carson Tigersharks – 1,880
  7. Lifetime Nevada Swim Team – 1,802.5
  8. Lakeridge Swim Team – 1,779
  9. Sparks Piranhas – 1,084.5
  10. Desert Storm Swimming – 1,073.5
  11. Northern Nevada Aquatics – 676
  12. Douglas Dolfins – 551
  13. North Las Vegas Avengers – 179
  14. Elko Swim Team – 166
  15. Fallon Barracudas – 156
  16. Tahoe Swim Club – 16

First Place Swims / High-Point

We had several first-place swims throughout the weekend. Congratulations to the following State champions:

Angelo Aramini – 9-10 50 fly

Emma Karam – 13-14 50 free, 100 back, and 200 back

Aidan Pflieger – 13-14 1650 free and 13-14 high-point winner

Lucy Platz – 11-12 50 breast and 100 breast

Team Records

Two team records fell during the weekend. Big congratulations to Emma Karam for breaking the 13-14 girls 100 and 200 back records!

100 Back – new record: Emma Karam, 56.62 (old record: McKenna Meyer, 58.48, from 2013)

200 Back – new record: Emma Karam, 2:00.67 (old record: Amanda Aaker, 2:05.36, from 1994)

Click here to access RENO’s records

Top-10

During my summer recap, I mentioned how impressive RENO’s top-10 times are. With our club’s storied history, it is a big deal to crack into the top-10. This weekend produced 23 top-10 swims. Congratulations to the following swimmers:

11-12 Girls Top-10

Amaya Aramini – 5th in the 100 back and 8th in the 500 free

Lucy Platz – 3rd in the 50 breast, 6th in the 50 fly, 8th in the 100 breast, and 9th in the 100 IM

13-14 Girls Top-10

Addison Crain – 4th in the 200 fly, 6th in the 100 fly, and 8th in the 100 back

Emma Karam – 1st in the 100 back, 1st in the 200 back, 3rd in the 50 free, 6th in the 200 free, 7th in the 100 free, 10th in the 200 IM

13-14 Boys Top-10

Aidan Pflieger – 9th in the 1650 Free and 10th in the 500 free

15-16 Girls Top-10

Katelyn Buono – 10th in the 400 IM

All-Time Girls Top-10

Emma Karam – 2nd in the 200 back and 4th in the 100 back

Click here for RENO’s top-10 lists

Individual Results

Every RENO swimmer had a best time or scored valuable points for the team. For the entire meet, we had an 80% best time rate. Way to go!

Julie Abrigonde – 82 points, 2 best times

Amaya Aramini – 118.5 points, 100% best times

Angelo Aramini – 114 points, 4 best times

Elena Aramini – 94 points, 3 best times

Jack Armbrecht – 1 best time

Katelyn Buono – 104 points, 5 best times

Addison Crain – 70 points, 100% best times

Cash Crain – 2 best times

JP Crawford – 100% best times

James Dale – 3 points, 100% best times

Matthew Dale – 20 points, 6 best times

Lydia Dyer – 25 points, 1 best time

Teson Grant – 100% best times

Reese Hollinger – 19 points, 4 best times

Avery Jakubos – 39 points, 6 best times

Emma Karam – 151 points, 100% best times

Julia Kennedy – 38.5 points, 6 best times

Marni Kraemer – 106 points, 100% best times

Sam Lindley – 117 points, 100% best times

Ian Lyda – 15 points, 100% best times

Nathan McAlister – 114 points

David McLean – 84 points, 3 best times

Ella Palmer – 18 points, 100% best times

Aidan Pflieger – 146 points, 100% best times

Bella Pflieger – 3 best times

Lucy Platz – 86 points, 100% best times

Al Sambrano – 62 points, 6 best times

Keira Scott – 4 best times

Colson Skuse – 3 best times

Declan Skuse – 14 points, 3 best times

Delaney Skuse – 72 points, 6 best times

Alexia Taylor-Arredondo – 57 points, 3 best times

Claire Trevithick – gutsy swims after battling a bad flu all weekend; finaled in 50 free but had to scratch

Nicole Van Geel – 9 points, 1 best time

Click here for the full results from the meet.

Conclusion

We had some outstanding results from RENO swimmers, but we are just getting started! I am looking forward to seeing how much the team progresses over the new year.

Go RENO!

Ryan Evans

Head Coach