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Bogard training hard for NCAA Division II Championships

Former South Tahoe High grad Denise Bogard bested several Division I swimmers during a meet with the Univeristy of New Mexico, affirming her place in the NCAA Division II nationals this march.

The highlight of the meet last Friday for UC San Diego came early as the Tritons went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard medley relay with Samantha Wong, Bogard, Sarah Grant and Heather Hearon finishing in 1 minute, 51.34 seconds, UCSD’s second fastest time of the season.

Coach Scott McGihon’s crew captured all of the “stroke” races with victories by Bogard in the 200 IM (2:10.94), Christine Hyjek in the 200 butterfly (2:12.98), Jennifer Watanabe in the 200 backstroke (2:11.24) and Rosanna Delurgio in the 200 breaststroke (2:24.45).



A week early in the Speedo Cup, Bogard cemented NCAA Division II Championship qualification times in five events. She received A-cut qualification times in the 100 and 200 breastroke and 200 IM, with B-cut times in the 400 IM and 200 freestyle.

Bogard finished runner up in the 100 breastroke behind fellow UC San Diego swimmer Rosanna Delurgio, and logged a personal best in the 200 freestyle.




“I’m well ahead of where I was last year, so I’m really excited,” Bogard said, noting that unlike many of her teammates, she continued to train up until the Speedo Cup and prior to the meet with New Mexico. She said her times will likely drop when she tapers her workouts before the championships March 12-15 at Grand Forks, N.D.

SOLE FISH AT RENO WINNER’S MEET

South Lake Tahoe’s Katherine Boeger finished on the podium in five events in the ninth annual Reno “Winners” meet at Northwest Pool.

Boeger, 32, placed first in the 100-yard backstroke, 200 intermediate medley, and runner up in the 100 breaststroke and 100 intermediate medley in the 30-34 age group. She also placed third in the 50 butterfly.

Boeger takes swimming courses at Lake Tahoe Community College and participates in the Lake Tahoe Kokanee Masters swim team.

Swim team coach Dale Bogard said there were approximately 100 swimmers in the Dec. 7 competition, which included representatives from Masters teams in Chico, Davis, Carson, Minden and Sierra Nevada.

Boeger was the only representative from Lake Tahoe Community College’s Kokanee swim team.

The event was organized by the Sierra Nevada Masters and is sanctioned by Pacific Masters Swimming. It’s also one of the final events for fall master swim team classes at LTCC.

For more information about joining one of LTCC swim courses, contact coach Bogard at (530) 544-5326.


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