Koeck breaks swim mark, misses state
Although the South Tahoe High swim team didn’t send any competitors to the state meet this week in Carson City, several Vikings did have good days at the zone meet Friday and Saturday at the Carson City Aquatic Center.
“We were fast. It was just the other swimmers were a little faster,” Viking coach Dale Bogard said.
Junior Jeff Koeck just barely missed advancing to the state meet by finishing seventh in the 100-yard backstroke. His time of 1 minute, 3.51 seconds eclipsed the old Tahoe Swim Club mark of 1:03.65 set by Mike Peterson in 1995.
“Jeff was lightning down the lane,” Bogard said.
Another Viking swimmer who improved his time dramatically was freshman Ansel Robinson.
Robinson shaved 29 seconds off his 500 freestyle time during the two-day event.
On Friday, Robinson cut 22 seconds off his mark of 7:05 by racing to a 6:43.05 in the preliminary heats before cutting another seven seconds in the finals (6:36). He also finished 15th in the consolation finals of the 100 back with a time of 1:07.18.
Also in the consolation finals of the 500 free was David Quandt, who finished 16th with a time of 7:28.03.
Another freshman, Zack Powers, was only .01 seconds off his best time in the 200 freestyle. Powers came in at 2:01.36; his previous best was 2:01.35.
Lisa Anton was another Viking who had a terrific day. She finished 14th in the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.75.
Melissa Anstett was 14th in the 100 free with a time of 1:01.55, while Jorie Turner was 15th in the 100 fly (1:12.35) and 13th in the 100 back with a time of 1:09.81.
South Tahoe also had a pair of relays which enjoyed some success. The girls 200 free relay was seventh. The team of Jessica Tinlin, Anton, Caitlin Robinson and Anstett swam to a 1:54.12. The boys team was 10th with a time of 1:50.83 and featured Powers, Ansel Robinson, Kory Collins and Koeck.
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