Vikings sending 10 boys and girls to state swimming finals |

Vikings sending 10 boys and girls to state swimming finals

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The South Tahoe High swimming team is sending some individuals on to state competition, but en route to advancing from regionals Friday and Saturday at the University of Nevada, a few of the athletes also shattered some school records.

In the 100 freestyle, Natalie Turner broke a 2000 STHS record of 55.92 seconds by Denise Bogard. Turner’s time of 55.70 gave her fourth place and a ticket to the state meet. She also advanced in the 50 free with a fifth-place finish and time of 26.18.

Denise is the daughter of STHS swim coach Dale Bogard, who said she wasn’t sorry to see such a personal record fall.

“I’m glad to see it fall, because that means they’re getting better,” Bogard said.

The top five finishers advance to state Friday and Saturday at UNR.

The boys’ 200 medley relay team of Tim and Zack Powers, Ansel Robinson and Jason Schmedes placed fifth with a time of 1:52.37, eclipsing the team’s 2003 school record of 1:53.53 and the 400 free relay team of the Powers brothers, Devin Blann and Andrew Contreras placed fourth with a mark of 3:37.70, shattering the team’s 2003 record of 3:46.26. Both teams are bound for state.

Recommended Stories For You

“The 400 free relay team broke the school record by 9 seconds and in swimming that is bigtime,” Bogard said. “Their splits were just unbelievable.”

Zack Powers also advanced to state with a third-place finish in the 200 individual medley at 2:09.40.

The girls’ 200 free relay team of Melissa Anstett, Bailey Flood, Caitlin Robinson and Natalie Turner advanced with a fourth-place finish and a time of 1:46.77. Anstett also advanced to state in the girls’ 100 backstroke, placing fifth at 1:04.19.

Two alternates are also headed to state: Jorie Turner and Sean Nelson in the 200 free.

Viking Tiffany Carter didn’t make state in any swimming events but made it in something else.

“She was asked to sing the national anthem at regionals and she was invited to come back for state,” Bogard said. “She didn’t make it in swimming, but she made it in singing. She is just fantastic.”

In other regionals events, the girls’ 200 medley relay team of Anstett, Natalie Turner, Flood and Robinson placed eighth with a time of 2:03.12. Anstett also finished sixth in the girls’ 200 individual medley with a time of 2:22.44.

Contreras made the finals in the 200 free, placing eighth at 2:03.06 and Robinson finished 11th in the boys’ 200 individual medley at 2:32.60.

In the boys’ 50 free, Tim Powers placed 11th, Contreras was 13th and Nelson was 15th. In the boys’ 100 fly, Robinson was ninth, Blann 10th and Travis Travis finished 11th.

Jorie Turner finished 10th in the girls’ 100 fly with a time of 1:06.22 and Schmedes finished 12th in the boys’ 100 free at 57.07. Tim Powers was seventh at 54.18.

In the boys’ 500 free, Erik Gallanty placed ninth at 6:09.20 and Josh Staff was 15th with a time of 6:43.61. Jorie Turner finished in the 10th spot in the girls ‘100 back at 1:09.17, while Blann and Brian Collins finished 10th and 12th in the boys’ 100 backstroke.

In the girls’ 400 free relay, the team of Ashley Bratton, Lindsay Best, Carter and Jorie Turner placed eighth with a time of 4:27.63, while in the boys’ 100 breast, Zack Powers took sixth and Gallanty placed 14th.

Overall, the girls’ team finished in seventh place with 144 points, while the boys’ team was fifth with 213 points. Reno won both team titles with 551.50 in girls and 298 points in boys.