Youth swimmers participate in state finals in Carson City

With only a few months training with a new coach and team, four local swimmers produced some admirable results last month at the Nevada State Short Course Championships.

Swimmers Nathan Perkinson, Charles Gonin, Claudia van der Veen and Colette van der Veen traveled to Carson City to compete in their respective divisions November 9-12.

All four athletes qualified for the state contest at the King of the Hill Challenge Oct. 13-15, also in Carson City.

In the 15 and over boys division, Nathan Perkinson (17 years old) placed 39th in the 50 free; 47th in the 100 free; and 28th in breaststroke.

In the 13-14 boys division, Charles Gonin (13 years old) placed 26th in the 50 free; 40th in the 100 free; 39th in the 200 free; and 41st in the 200 individual medley.

In the 11-12 girls division, Claudia van der Veen (12 years old) placed 22nd in the 50 fly.

In the 9-10 girls division, Colette van der Veen (9 years old) placed 14th in the 50 free; 14th in the 100 free; 12th in the 50 backstroke; and 16th in the 50 breaststroke.

All four swimmers compete with the newly formed Winnemucca Aquatic Club, a year-round competitive swim team coached by Madison Jensen.

Jensen said the state championships were no easy meet.

“Swimmers come from all over the State of Nevada to compete against one another with high expectations of swimming well,” she said.

Jensen continued, “I was impressed with how our team swam with being such a new team, but then again, I had no doubt they would swim well because they have been working so hard in the pool!”

Jensen added, “I look forward to what this next year of training and competition has in store for us.”