South Tahoe boys swim wins third straight Div. I-A Northern League championship, 12 headed to state
CARSON CITY, Nev. — For the third straight year, the South Tahoe boys swim team has regional bragging rights in the pool. The Vikings won the Div. I-A Northern League championship Saturday, May 14, at Carson Aquatic Facility, edging out Lowry to deliver their third regional title in a row.
South Tahoe scored 272 points Saturday, beating the Buckaroos by three-and-a-half points for the championship. Truckee took third with 252 points, with fourth-place Sage Ridge a half-point behind. Between its boys and girls teams, the Vikings qualified 12 swimmers for state with top-four finishes at the regional meet.
The Vikings took a seven-and-a-half-point lead into Saturday’s last event, and secured the victory with a fourth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Of its three regional championships, South Tahoe’s latest came by the narrowest margin.
Senior Brady McIntyre delivered a victory in the 100 butterfly, swimming a 56.11. He also qualified for state in the 200 freestyle, finishing second with a time of 1:52.69.
Junior Temugen Enkhbayar won the 100 breaststroke in the meet’s second-to-last event, swimming a 1:13.50. Enkhbayar also produced a top-four finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:13.84.
Junior Louis Marin advanced to state in two events, placing third in the 100 backstroke (1:04.73) and fourth in the 100 freestyle (55.09). Freshman Tristan Klasko also qualified twice, courtesy of a second-place swim in the 500 freestyle (5:56.07) and fourth-place effort in the 100 butterfly (1:06.65). Junior Charlie Filce moved on in the 500 freestyle (third, 6:13.67).
South Tahoe is sending relay teams to state in all three events on the boys side, led by a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay from Marin, Enkhbayar, McIntyre and Filce in 1:42.67. That quartet finished fourth in the 200 medley relay with a swim of 1:54.67, while the foursome of Klasko, freshman Luke Allen, junior Andrew Herrera and sophomore Tevan Martorana swam to fourth place in the 400 freestyle relay (4:33.37).
On the girls side, the Vikings finished third with 212 points. Truckee totaled 373 points to win its fourth straight regional championship by a wide margin.
For South Tahoe, senior Kylee Lyons, senior Ally Swain and sophomore Sophie Stewart punched their tickets to state in a pair of relay races and individual events. Along with junior Maia Smith, the foursome took second in both the 200 medley relay (2:09.35) and 200 freestyle relay (1:55.92) on Saturday.
Swain qualified for the state meet in the 200 individual medley (fourth, 2:35.70) and 500 freestyle (second, 6:30.54). Lyons also advanced in two events with fourth-place finishes in the 100 freestyle (1:05.30) and 200 freestyle (2:27.61).
Stewart was South Tahoe’s third state qualifier from regionals, taking third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:17.45. In the 50 freestyle, Smith missed out on advancing by three-hundredths of a second — she finished fifth by swimming a 28.27.
South Tahoe’s qualifiers conclude their season at the Div. I-A State championships Saturday, May 21, at Bucky Buchanan Natatorium on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The state meet is scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m.