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Only Powers swims in finals

Darin Olde, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Of the four South Tahoe High School swimmers in the NIAA/U.S. Bank State Swimming Championships last weekend, only sophomore Zack Powers made his way to the top eight.

Powers competed in the 100-yard breaststroke finals at UNLV’s Buchanon Natatorium, placing eighth with a time of 1 minute 6.00 seconds. The winner, Kurt Caidy, a senior from Silverado High School, finished in 56.64 seconds.

Powers, one of the few swimmers from South Tahoe High to train year round, finished ninth in the 200 yard individual medley at 2:09.59, re-breaking the school’s record in the event for the second time this year, this time by .84 seconds.

The boys 200 medley relay team, led by senior Jeff Koeck, placed 13th in consolation. In the 200 freestyle relay the same team of Koeck, Ansel Robinson, Jason Schmedes and Powers missed a school record by .63 seconds with a time of 1:42.19.

“I was so glad that Jeff made it to state. His leadership and swimming will be missed next year,” said head coach Dale Bogard.

Overall, Boulder City High School won the boys’ state title with 331 points. Silverado was the runner up (178), followed by Carson (150), Bishop Manogue (130) and Douglas (128).

For the girls, Reno finished on top with 318 points. Carson (210) came in second, followed by Boulder City (205), McQueen (150), and Green Valley (135).

Darin Olde can be reached at or (530) 542-8008.

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