Shedding seconds off time, South Tahoe swimmers qualify for state, finish regionals in top 10 |

Shedding seconds off time, South Tahoe swimmers qualify for state, finish regionals in top 10

Darin Olde, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Just think, not a single South Tahoe High School swimmer made it to state last year.

This year, with NIAA awards for the trophy case and a half-dozen new school records, South Tahoe’s boys team added to a record season by earning four state seeds during the Northern Region Championships on May 10-11 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

It’s the first time in at least seven years South Tahoe will send a boys relay to state.

“The boys did fantastic,” said five-year head coach Dale Bogard.

In the finals, senior Jeff Koeck, sophomores Zack Powers and Ansel Robinson and freshman Jason Schmedes qualified for state by finishing fourth in the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay. Only the top five advance to state.

In the 200 medley, the boys broke a school record by finishing in 1 minute, 53.88 seconds, beating the old record of 1:55.07 set in 2000.

Moreover, Powers qualified for state in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke by finishing fourth in both events. He’s the only swimmer on the team to qualify for state as an individual.

At 2:10.05, Powers rebroke South Tahoe’s record in the 200 IM for the second time this year by .7 seconds.

“He was very focused and trained hard this year,” Bogard said during practice on Tuesday. “He knew what he wanted and went after it.”

The boys team finished seventh overall with 152 points. It was no surprise that Reno (540) took the top spot for the boys, nearly doubling McQueen’s 291 and beating Galena, in third, by 283.5 points.

The girls team finished ninth out of 17 schools with 84 points. Carson (264) edged out Churchill County (254) and Douglas (212) to take the top spot.

“Everybody did fantastic. I think it was the best regional meet South Tahoe’s swim team has every had,” said Bogard. “Almost everybody bettered their time.”

Bogard added that four girls finished seven events in the consolation bracket, the heat to finish ninth through 16th. Five boys also finished seven events in consolation.

Notable consolation finishes for the girls were Melissa Anstett, 13th in the 200 free and 16th in the 100 breast; Lisa Anton, ninth in the 200 IM and 11th in the 100 breaststroke; Caitlin Robinson, 14th in the 200 IM; and Jorie Turner, 11th in the 100 butterfly and 16th in the 100 backstroke.

Notable finishes for the boys are Robinson, eighth in the 100 butterfly and 14th in the 50 freestyle; Koeck ninth in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke; Erik Gallanty, 13th in the 200 freestyle and 13th in the 100 backstroke; Schmedes, 15th in the 50 freestyle; and Travis Travis, 15th in the 100 butterfly.

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

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