South Tahoe swim makes season debut, boys deliver win in four-team meet
The South Tahoe swim team took a dip in its home pool for its first meet of the 2016 season Friday, March 11. The Vikings’ boys took first while the girls placed third to open their campaigns in a four-team Div. I-A Northern League meet at SLT Recreation and Swim Complex.
South Tahoe’s boys team scored 126 points to win its season opener, led by victories from senior Brady McIntyre in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly and second-place finishes in six of the 11 events. Only 30 points separated first from fourth place in the tight meet. Sage Ridge scored 111, Lowry finished with 105 and Fallon had 96.
McIntyre won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:05.90 to lead a Vikings’ sweep in the event. Junior Louis Marin took second by swimming a 2:18.79 and junior Charlie Filce placed third with a time of 2:23.00.
In the 100 butterfly, McIntyre swam a 58.31 to deliver his second victory of the meet. Freshman Tristan Klasko took third in the event with a time of 1:09.27.
The Vikings took second in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays Friday. The team of junior Temugen Enkhbayar, junior Andrew Herrera, freshman Luke Allen and Klasko swam a 1:53.77 in the 200 relay while the quartet of Marin, Filce, Herrera and McIntyre closed the meet with a 4:06.38 in the 400 relay.
In the 200 medley relay, South Tahoe led off the meet with a third-place finish. Marin, Enkhbayar, McIntyre and Filce swam a 1:59.72 to finish just behind runner-up Lowry.
South Tahoe’s other second-place finishes in the four-team meet went to Klasko in the 200 individual medley (2:31.27), Filce in the 500 freestyle (6:48.42) and Marin in the 100 backstroke (1:11.68). In the 100 breaststroke, Enkhbayar led the way for South Tahoe with a third-place swim of 1:17.06.
The Vikings’ girls team totaled 124 points to finish in third place, highlighted by victories in five events. South Tahoe finished three points behind second-place Lowry. Fallon won the meet with 143 points while Sage Ridge finished in fourth with 36 points.
South Tahoe capped the meet with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of sophomore Sophie Stewart, junior Sydney Bucholz, senior Kylee Lyons and senior Ally Swain swam a 5:08.32 to win by nearly 30 seconds.
Swain delivered victories in both the 200 individual medley (2:41.40) and 500 freestyle (6:49.29) in the season opener, and was South Tahoe’s only multiple-event winner on the girls side. In the 200 individual medley, freshman Hannah Bellairs also finished in the top three for the Vikings with a swim of 3:04.65.
Swain produced half of South Tahoe’s four individual victories. Lyons won the 200 freestyle with a swim of 2:38.02 while Stewart touched first in the 100 butterfly after swimming a 1:19.44.
In the 100 backstroke, Stewart (1:21.53) and Bellairs (1:25.40) delivered a two-three finish for South Tahoe. Lyons produced the Vikings’ only other top-three result Friday, taking third in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:34.49.
South Tahoe finished fourth in the meet’s other two relay races. Sophomore Karlee Koeppen joined freshmen Izzy Preston, Bellairs and Summer Furrer to swim a 2:51.22 in the 200 medley relay while Bellairs, Furrer, Bucholz and junior Kamren Gronwold turned in a time of 2:31.40 in the 200 freestyle relay.
The Vikings return to action Friday, March 18, in a dual meet at Incline. The contest is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
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