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Former Vikings swimmer breaks collegiate top 10

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Denise Bogard, a former South Tahoe High swimmer and now a UC San Diego junior, helped her team to a third-place finish at the Division II NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships last week in Grand Forks, N.D., while also breaking the collegiate top 10 in two individual events.

Bogard, 20, daughter of STHS swimming coach Dale Bogard, placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke and eighth in the 200 breaststroke, despite a mid-season shoulder injury, which grew worse from her desire to keep on competing.

“I hurt my shoulder in mid-January so I haven’t really been training, just doing warmups and running,” she said. “I was doing pulling (using arms only). I did that and I got hurt, but then I went about two weeks before I told anyone about it so it was pretty bad. I was out of the pool for a couple of weeks and was not allowed to swim at the conference meet.

“This was a good year I guess, but I don’t really feel like it was a big personal achievement,” she added. “I went to the meet to get points for my teammates. We have an incredible team and I love just seeing them practice.”

Last year, Bogard placed second in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 at the same meet.

Now that her shoulder is on the mend and will not require surgery, she has been advised by coaches and trainers to take a month off, but she says that’s easier said than done. Her normal workouts consist of nine trips to the pool per week.

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“I’m not very good at resting when I get hurt,” she admitted. “It’s ridiculous how much I enjoy just getting in the water. Every time you’re in the pool you get a chance to redefine who you are. There is a real sense of accomplishment to it.”

Bogard, who would like to attend the Olympic trials next summer, said competing in North Dakota in the month of March was an interesting experience.

“It was cold, negative 15 when we got there. It was awful!” she said.

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