Coach says Bogard can make big splash at championships |

Coach says Bogard can make big splash at championships

Matt O'Neill

Denise Bogard is quickly becoming one of the best swimmers to come out of the Sierra Nevada.

The freshman at University of California at San Diego has qualified for the 200-meter individual medley and the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes for the NCAA Division II National Championships in Canton, Ohio, this weekend.

“She is definitely exceeding any expectations I had,” UCSD coach Scott McGihon said. “She had qualified for nationals by December.”

Bogard, a former South Tahoe Viking, finished Thursday in 18th place after the preliminary round for the 200 IM, but her coach expected more from her Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, Bogard will swim the 100 breast and the 200 IM on Saturday.

McGihon feels his up-and-coming freshman has the ability to make some waves this weekend.

“She has a great chance to make the finals (in the 100 breast), which is pretty impressive for a freshman,” he said.

The team has a good chance to finish in the top three for the championships. Currently the team is sitting in fourth, but the squad’s best events are coming in the next two days.

“This is when our better swimmers hit the water,” McGihon said.

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