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Scalise earns pair of top 4 finishes at state swimming
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Kyle Scalise competes in the 200-yard IM during the state championship meet Saturday at the Carson Aquatic Facility. He took fourth in the event.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Kyle Scalise competes in the 200-yard IM during the state championship meet Saturday at the Carson Aquatic Facility. He took fourth in the event.
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Reed’s Kyle Scalise was the only realistic chance a swimmer from the Rail City would take a state championship back to Sparks Saturday.

However, the junior came up just short in his specialty event at Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City.

Scalise was in the lead after the first 50 yards of the 100-yard breaststroke, but Spring Valley senior JR Deem tracked him down after the turn and won his second individual state title of the day after touching the wall in 56.73 seconds.

Scalise had the top seed time heading into state and he improved on it, but Deem improved on his more, sending Scalise to second place. Scalise finished with a time of 57.35 seconds, good enough for All-American status. The Raider earned seven points for the Blue and Gold.

Earlier in the meet, Scalise picked up five points in the 200-yard individual medley. He wasn’t expected to challenge for the crown as he trailed the fastest seed time by six seconds. But anything can happen at state as Boulder City senior Andrew Peterson shaved five seconds off his time from last week and edged out Spring Valley’s Dylan Wolf, who dominated regionals. Scalise was fourth with a 1:56.61, but wasn’t close to Peterson’s 1:52.30.

Scalise accounted for all of the Reed’s 12 points in the boys competition, leaving the east Sparks school in a tie for 11th place. The Raiders didn’t qualify any girls for state.

Spanish Springs had several athletes qualify for state, but did better on the girls side.

The Cougar girls tallied eight points thanks to performances by seniors Lexee Franco and Phebe McCorkle. Both girls scored four points apiece, putting Spanish Springs in a 16th-place tie.

McCorkle competed in two events Saturday. She was well back in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in eighth place with a time of 2:03.35, but her time of 1:00.61 was good enough to leave her in sixth in the 100-yard backstroke.

In the girls 1-meter diving competition at the Carson Valley Swim Center in Minden, Franco secured fifth place with 312.30 points, but was well behind first-place Chrysta Imahara of Green Valley’s 374.65 points.

The Cougs had a boy diver doing his best at state also. Sophomore Walter Lee put up a seventh-place performance by scoring 253.20 points, but junior Dalton Rios won the event with 365.40 points.

The Cougars earned their final point when Alex Paul raced to a time of 56.29 seconds to place eighth in the 100-yard butterfly. Spanish Springs finished in a tie for 18th with two other schools in the boys standings.

The team competition lacked drama on either side. The Bishop Gorman girls dominated by 27 points, scoring 89 points to beat out Boulder City. Boulder City got the best of the boys competition, tallying 106 points for a 32-point victory over second-place Spring Valley.
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