Collins, Bogard qualify for state swim meet
If their uniforms didn’t read South Tahoe High School, you would have sworn that Denise Bogard and Kristi Collins competed for area juggernaut Reno at the Northern Nevada 4A Zone Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday and Saturday in Reno.
The Viking juniors had Reno-like performances as they qualified for this week’s state meet in Las Vegas.
Bogard was runner-up to Reno’s Amber Rais in the 100-yard breaststroke with her time of 1 minute, 9.57 seconds, while Collins placed fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:01.52).
“It’s great because I’ve been trying to do it for three years,” Bogard said.
Only the top four competitors in each event qualified for the state meet.
Bogard, who has previously qualified for state as part of a relay team, is happy that a familiar face will occupy the plane seat next to her en route to Las Vegas later this week.
“That helps a lot. When Kristi qualified, I was so glad. When you’re by yourself, you sit there and become more nervous,” said Bogard, who also finished 13th in the 200 free (2:16.51).
South Tahoe’s boys, the three-time defending Sierra League champions, finished eighth out of 13 teams, while the Viking girls came in seventh.
“It was the best performance for all of them. Everybody did great,” said second-year Viking coach Dale Bogard.
Bogard was pleased how many of her swimmers placed among the top 16 competitors.
“Just to be in the top 16 is really good,” she said.
Freshman Ryan Theilemann made an impressive zone debut, placing sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:19.81) and 11th in the 100 butterfly (1:05.83).
Russell Grant cracked the top 10 twice as he placed eighth in the 500 free at 6:04.87 and ninth in the 200 free at 2:07.83.
Other Vikings to finish in the top 16 were: Jessica Tinlin, 15th, 100 butterfly, 1:10.74; Lisa Anton, 14th, 200 individual medley, 2:40.84; Jordan Hardy, 12th, 200 IM, 2:45.21; Jon McKean, ninth, 100 breaststroke, 1:09.36; Jeff Koeck, 14th, 100 free, 58.38; Tom Luerken, 100 backstroke, 1:05.72.
Reno captured both the boys and girls championships.
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