Tara Theilemann of the Carson Tigersharks finished an outstanding week at the Western Zone Swimming Championships on Saturday with a third-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle.
Theilemann placed third in the 800 free in the 15-16-year-old division, finishing in nine minutes, 20.86 seconds. Also on Saturday, Theilemann placed 18th in the 100 free in 1:02.36.
Earlier in the week, Theilemann placed fifth in the 400 free. After qualifying sixth in the preliminaries in 4:32.32, Theilemann came back to lower her seeded time of 4:31.76 to move up to fifth in 4:31.60 in the finals.
Theilemann also placed sixth in the 200 free. She qualified seventh for the final, finishing in 2:10.57, which was faster than her seeded time of 2:11.99. She then lowered her time to 2:10.44 to finish sixth in the finals.
Theilemann also helped this region's B team to a fifth place finish in the 200 free relay. Theilemann's team finished in 1:53.86.
Theilemann also placed sixth in the 200 backstroke. She qualified in the preliminaries with a time of 2:28.55, which was more than three seconds faster than her seeded time of 2:31.84. Theilemann placed sixth in the finals in 2:29.77.
In addition, Theilemann placed 19th in the 50 free in 28.78, which was faster than her seeded time of 28.89.