CARSON CITY – Several local athletes made the best swims of their lives for the Elko Swim Team from Nov. 9-12 at the Nevada State Swimming Championships in Carson City.

With 684 swimmers qualifying from around the state, the competition was fierce.

Ages 11 and older swam prelims in the morning, returning for “A” finals if they made the top 8, “B” finals for places 9-16, and the 15-and-older age group had “C” finals for places 17-24.

Ages 10 and younger swam in the afternoon each day.

Several swimmers were at the championship meet for the first time – Laszlo Demick (12), Josefina Smith (8), Reese Smith (8) and Giselle Regalado (12).

Daniel Smith (14) took home the team high for points with a score of 71.

Thandi Kandawasvika (8) set the team high for the girls with 46.5 points.

Gaizka Narvaiza, a senior at Elko High School, has been swimming with the team since 2012 and has qualified for state every year he has been a member. He placed seventh in the 50-meter freestyle and made the finals in all five of his events, setting a personal best in four.

John Watson had a successful meet with five team records, five personal-best times and one regional time to add to the two he already had.

Riley Blach had a personal best in every one of his seven events.

The men’s 15 and older relay team was composed of Blach (15), Narvaiza (17), Wes Noren (16) and Watson (16).

They took third in the 400 medley relay, in which each swimmer competes in one of the four strokes, making regional times. They received a regional time for the 400 freestyle relay as well.

The Northwest Age Group Regionals will be held in Federal Way, Washington, in March. Swimmers must have qualifying times, competing against their age groups from the Northwest.

All of Elko’s qualifying swimmers will be in the 15-18 age group this year. Time cuts are very difficult to make, and it is an honor to qualify.

The complete results, in alphabetical order by last name, were as follows (TR = team record, PB = Personal best, Rgnl = Regional qualifier):

Riley Blach (15)

100 Breast 1:09.35 23rd (PB)

200 Back 2:08.83 22nd (PB)

200 IM 2:16.96 34th (PB)

200 Breast 2:35.72 18th (PB)

100 Free 54.40 35th (PB)

100 Back 59.84 18th (PB)

50 Free 23.82 15th (PB)

Laszlo Demick (12)

100 IM 1:25.22 41st (PB)

50 Free 32.79 37th

25 Back 25.31 21st

50 Free 43.81 13th (PB)

50 Fly 47.94 4th (PB)

25 Free 18.36 8th

Gaizka Narvaiza (17)

200 Free 1:50.66 15th (TR, PB, Rgnl)

100 Fly 57.35 14th (PB)

100 Free 50.18 17th (PB, Rgnl)

200 Fly 2:12.77 19th

50 Free 23.11 7th (PB, (Rgnl)

Sayoa Narvaiza (12)

200 Free 2:22.06 22nd (PB)

100 Breast 1:25.17 19th (TR, PB)

100 Free 1:06.98 35th (PB)

Wes Noren (16)

100 Breast 1:04.53 7th (TR, PB)

100 Fly 1:00.80 31st (PB)

200 IM 2:12.87 24th (PB)

200 Breast 2:25.92 16th (PB)

100 Free 53.46 27th (PB)

500 Free 5:14.06 19th (PB)

50 free 24.72 21st (PB)

Ren Pacini (16)

200 Back 2:35.98 38th (PB)

100 Fly 1:11.46 47th

100 Free 57.13 44th (PB)

100 Back 1:10.32 48th

50 Free 25.47 33rd (PB)

Giselle Regalado (12)

100 Breast 1:29.94 26th (PB)

100 Free 1:08.27 39th (PB)

50 Free 30.11 26th (PB)

Daniel Smith (14)

1650 Free 17:58.79 6th (TR, PB, Rgnl)

200 Free 1:58.41 12th (TR, PB)

100 Fly 1:00.33 8th (TR, PB)

100 Free 54.25 10th

200 Fly 2:24.26 8th (PB)

500 Free 5:15.68 7th

50 Free 24.75 7th

Josefina Smith (8)

100 Free 1:48.28 17th (PB)

50 Back 58.46 20th

25 Back 23.45 14th (PB)

25 Free 18.73 13th (PB)

Reese Smith (8)

25 Back 26.06 23rd (PB)

25 Free 22.74 21st

Mackenzie Stevenson (16)

1650 Free 21:04.15 13th (TR, PB)

100 Free 1:02.53 44th (PB)

100 Back 1:11.86 39th (PB)

500 Free 6:02.54 16th (PB)

50 Free 29.13 45th (PB)

Jacob Taylor (15)

400 IM 5:26.91 27th

1650 Free 21:22.84 21st (PB)

200 Back 2:24.97 32nd (PB)

200 Breast 2:50.66 23rd (PB)

100 Back 1:07.51 42nd (PB)

John Watson (16)

400 IM 4:37.87 18th

200 Free 1:50.18 11th (TR, PB, Rgnl)

100 Fly 57.56 15th (TR, PB)

200 IM 2:08.59 15th

100 Free 50.73 11th (TR, PB)

200 Fly 2:10.92 16th (TR, PB)

50 Free 23.55 14th (TR, PB)

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