South Tahoe qualifies 20 for regional swim meet
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Tahoe High School qualified nearly two dozen swimmers for the 2019 Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 3A/4A Northern Region Swimming and Diving Championships, the most in the past few years.
The Vikings finished their dual/regular season Saturday, May 4, by crushing Fernley and Excel Christian at the Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City.
The South Tahoe boys topped Fernley 143-100 while the girls prevailed 161-64. The win over Excel was uncontested.
“It’s the most we’ve qualified during my three years,” said Vikings head coach Will Davenport. “Our swimmers did a great job qualifying in multiple events this year. Alex Otomo, Alexis Haven, Elizabeth Nakamoto, Tristan Klasko and Sam Evans qualified in every event. Our swimmers have put in 10 weeks of hard work and I am excited to see the results this weekend.”
Alexandra Otomo again led the girls with a pair of individual first-place finishes and also teamed with three teammates to claim first in a relay and finish second in another.
Otomo earned first in the 100-yard freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay and was second in the 400 free relay.
She enters the regional meet with the best class 3A times in Northern Nevada in the 100 free and 100 back and is top five in several other events.
Freshman Alexis Haven and Hannah Trew finished first and third, respectively, in the girls 100 butterfly.
Hannah Lucas earned first in the 100 breaststroke.
For the Vikings boys, Tristan Klasko swam to second in the 100 fly, freshman Jerry Guebard was third in the 100 breast and the 400 free relay team finished in third place.
The regional meet starts Friday with preliminary races and champions will be crowned Saturday.
South Tahoe’s regional qualifiers include, Klasko, Allen, Guebard, Sam Evans, Pearce Tanner, Kale Russell, Westin Terpening, Douglas Abbott and Levi Darling Grant for the boys and Otomo, Lucas, Haven, Hannah Trew, Madelyn Evans, Elizabeth Nakamoto, Darby Creegan and Summer Furrer for the girls’ team.