South Tahoe sharks Carson in the pool
South Tahoe’s boys swim team fired its warning shot into Carson’s bow Friday, beating the state-champion Senators in the pool.
Carson won the meet, the first home meet of South Tahoe’s season, 152-133 for the boys and 197-120 for the girls – with diving points added. But the Vikings held their own in the lanes in their first test against the Senators. South Tahoe’s boys actually beat Carson 133-129 in swimming, while the girls were 30 points behind the defending state champs.
“For us, I think that makes our mark in this new league, that the other teams are going to take us more seriously as we go,” said Vikings head coach Dale Bogard, whose club moved up from the smaller Sierra league to the much more competitive Zephyr league this season.
“I was impressed with the team spirit. Tahoe had some close races. The relay points helped.”
South Tahoe seized the momentum in front of a packed house at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center. When the Vikings jumped ahead, the momentum changed. Senior David Quandt jumped into the pool, nearly lost his goggles, but finished the race with his goggles hanging below his eyes.
South Tahoe had three swimmers qualify for zone: Caitlin Robinson, Samantha Crosson and Chris McKean.
The Vikings boys 200 free relay team of Scott Miller, Ian Antoine, Jon McKean and Conor Robinson took second, but finished just four seconds off the school’s record. Jon McKean was first in the 200 free, and younger brother Chris first in the 200 individual medley, edging Conor Robinson. Chris McKean also won the 500-meter freestyle.
In the girls competition, Kristi Collins won the 200 individual medley, and Denise Bogard was first in the 100 breaststroke.
“We’re coming together,” Dale Bogard said.
“I started out this year thinking it was going to be a building year in this league, but who knows?”
South Tahoe plunges back into action Saturday with a meet at McQueen High in Reno.
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