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Collins, Bogard to represent STHS in state swim meet

Steve Yingling

Now that they’ve conquered the pressure stage of their swim seasons, South Tahoe High’s Kristi Collins and Denise Bogard can relieve their stress at Saturday’s state meet in Las Vegas.

“They focused what they needed to do at zone. They were both really nervous, but both visualized that they were going to do and did it,” said Viking swim coach Dale Bogard.

Denise Bogard, who finished second at zone in the 100 breaststroke, is making her first trip to zone as an individual. The sophomore was part of the Vikings’ 200 medley state relay team.

“I think I was more nervous for zone because you have to qualify for that. This time, I’m already there,” she said.

Collins qualified for state as a freshman in the 100 butterfly and then accompanied Bogard to state last year for the 200 medley relay. She’s also relaxed going into her biggest meet of the season.

“There’s not as pressure because we’re already in. The worse we can get now is eighth. At zone, you have to place fourth to move on,” Collins said. “On the last lap the girl next to me and I were dead even, so I put my head down and kicked as hard as I could, because I didn’t know if it was for third or fourth place. “

As it turned out, Collins narrowly beat Carson’s Francis Lincoln out for the final state spot – fourth place – 1 minute, 1.52 seconds to 1:01.84.

Swimming together and friends since they were 10-year-olds, the Viking juniors should draw inspiration from each other this weekend.

“With both of them going together, it should make them more comfortable,” said coach Bogard, who is assisted by Diane Jackson.

Because the times from the Southern Nevada zone meet are faster than usual, the Vikings aren’t setting their state goals too high.

“I’m seeded sixth, so I’d love to finish in the top five or top four in the 100 fly,” Collins said. “I’ve been working hard for this, so it’s kind of a relief. Last year was a bummer.”

As the fourth seed in the 100 breaststroke, Denise Bogard doesn’t want to slip below her prerace ranking.

“I’d really like to get third … just placing among the top three would be cool,” she said.

Warm-ups are at 8 a.m. Saturday, with racing expected to begin at 9 a.m. at UNLV.

“they’re ready and coach Jackson this week, Diane Jackson, coachcing this week.

“Going inot meet Denise seeded fourth, Kristi is seeded sixth.

Denise 100 breast

Krist 100 butterfly

“concentrated on them and their strokes. we still practce for fuirst hoe, pretty good workout on monday, not as much tuesday, and we’re taperin gdown.

top came off wednesday, really nice in fresh air.

“girl in front o fher has pretty good time, s eended fourth 1:09, she has chance to place down there.

“she has gorwn a lot , more maturity…

she’s taller.

Kristi, more mature and they focused on what they needed to do at zone. tehy were both really nervous but both visualize what going to do and did it.

warmups saturday at 8 a.m., flyuing out friday aftern noon.

races begin at 9 a.m. at UNLV.

It’s fantastic, because krisit and densie goign togetehr. because been good friends and swimmign together since they were 10. gone to far westersn togetehr and other races .

with both of the ging together shoud make them mroe comfortable.

“we were close in relays, maybe could have gone adiran, but have next year, too. We’ll get stronger every year.

awards banquet 6:30 p.m. Monday at Horizon.

“I’m really excirted, not as much pressure because already in, worsw can get is eight, at zone have to get fourth to move on.

“gilr right next to me, las lkap dead event put my head down and kicked hard as could beause didn’t know if it was third or fourth, because seeded third, but she came up real strong in her finals.”

“It’s little bit harder because dont’ get stress out in relay . But streess buildes and it maeks swim stronger.

freshman, 100 fly, last year, went relay (200 Medley)

flying tomorrww, go toed, know lot of girls from reno, it’s not like going by ourselves.

“seeded sixth, love to be top five or top 4, there’s soem fast girls fromeh south this time, but heopfelly I can do better.

100 fly, sixth, about where I am now. Competition has gotten lot faster.

def. I’ve been working hard for this, so it’s kind of relieft. last year was a bummer.

“defintley. think more nerovus for zone, becaus have to qualify for that. This time, I’m there already.

“it’s relaly nice, becasue krisit know each for such long tie, we know our times and how we’re going to do. you can do this, too, because we’ve been doing the same stuff.

“seeded fourth, I’d really like to get third, jsut the top three would be cool.

best finish, sixth in relay.

second time going, first tiem in individual event.

“Not swimming a lot, swimming whoel lot Monday. You know that already there, concentrate on swimming tie rather than trying to qualify and beat everybody else.

“the fastest school up here, second and third, they are from south. Last year they werent that fast. theyv’e gotten lot better.

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