South Tahoe swim team competes at NIAA state swim meet |

South Tahoe swim team competes at NIAA state swim meet

J.P. Kelsey
South Tahoe swimmer Alex Otomo gets ready to start the 400 freestlye race. The team placed third in the event.
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The South Tahoe High School swim team completed their season at the NIAA 3A state swim and dive championship held at the Carson Aquatic Center last weekend. South Tahoe placed second, overall, at the regional meet, May 12 and 13. At the state meet, the Vikings finished seventh out of 19 teams and brought 11 swimmers.

“Both the boys and girls teams did very well at state,” said South Thaoe swim coach William Davenport. “ We had good results overall and individual medal winners.”

Alex Otomo continued with her strong performances. She placed fourth in both the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Louis Moran and Tristan Klasko were also individual winners for the Vikings. Moran placed third in the 100 breastroke and Klasko placed fourth in the 500 freestyle.

The girls 400 freestyle team of Hannah Lucas, Jessie Brown, Annika Johnson and Sophie Stewart showed that teamwork pays off, placing third in the event. The boys 400 freestyle team of Klasko, Temugen Enkhbayer, Owen Slater and Louis Martin was hanging with the girls’ performance, placing fourth in their event. “All of those swimmers took time of their best times,” said Davenport. “Which was a good indication of the training and effort that they put in.”

According to Davenport, the relay teams finished much higher than they were seeded. “The girls were a number four seed and finished third, “ he said. “The boys were seeded seventh and finished forth so that was a big jump for them.”

This is Davenport’s first year coaching the swim team and said he expects the success to grow. “This year, the kids learned that they have a really good chance at state,” said Davenport. “They competed on an even level with all of the kids from the south so some of the younger kids will have higher expectations for the seasons to come. I think we can do even better in the future.”

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