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Vikings end record season with class

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Dan ThriftZack Powers of the Vikings competes in the 200 individual medley at the Nevada state swimming championships Saturday in Reno

The Nevada state swimming and diving championships on Friday and Saturday in Reno turned into another record-breaking meet for the South Tahoe High Vikings.

Zack Powers broke the 200-yard individual medley record he set at the state meet last year. His time of 2 minutes, 8.15 seconds in Friday’s trials snapped his old mark of 2:08.86.

“He’s getting stronger. We had a weight-training program and I think that helped,” said STHS coach Dale Bogard, who brought a record 10 swimmers to the biggest meet of the season. “Next year, we’re going to go with more dryland training where we do fun things as a team.”

Powers finished ninth in Saturday’s finals with a time of 2:08.48.

The Viking boys’ 200 free relay team slipped into the school record book with almost no time to spare. Andrew Contreras, Devin Blann, Ansel Robinson and Jason Schmedes finished the race in a record time of 1:41.57, erasing the 4-year-old record of 1:41.58 set by Jon McKean, Scott Miller, Conner Robinson and Jeff Koeck. Their record-breaking time earned them 12th place.

Freshman Natalie Turner turned in the team’s highest finish, placing sixth in the 100 free in 55.92. Tara Theilemann of Carson won the race in 52.74.

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“She’s a natural swimmer and she’s gonna get faster every year,” Bogard said. “Natalie was so excited when the whole team was rooting for her. She’d cover her face … it was so cute.”

Turner also finished ninth in the 50 free (26.10), which was won by senior Lauren Browning of Truckee in 24.43.

Powers along with freshman Tim Powers, Robinson and sophomore Schmedes came in 11th in the 200 medley relay. Their time was 1:53.54.

South Tahoe’s 400 free relay team was eighth in 3:39.62. The team included Tim Powers, Contreras, Blann and Zack Powers.

Junior Melissa Anstett also had a big meet, taking 10th in the 100 backstroke. Her time of 1:04.82 was only. 78 out of eighth place.

In addition, Anstett was part of the 200-yard free relay team that came in seventh place. Other members of the team, which finished the race in 1:48.31, were Caitlin Robinson, Bailey Flood and Turner.

“It was a wonderful state meet and it’s looking positive for next year,” said Bogard, whose graduation loss numbers one.

Bogard learned last week that her team has won the league’s sportsmanship award for the second straight year. In addition, the Vikings were voted by meet officials as the team demonstrating the most spirit.

“I don’t know … it’s mutual respect,” said Bogard in explaining the awards. “I have a good group of kids.”