South Tahoe swim looking to finish season strong |

South Tahoe swim looking to finish season strong

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe senior Kellen Gronwold swims in the 100 butterfly in the Vikings’ home meet against Fallon and Sparks on March 26 at SLT Recreation and Swim Complex.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

The South Tahoe swim team is putting itself in position for a strong finish to its 2015 campaign. With two meets left in the regular season, half of the Vikings’ team has qualified for the Div. I-A Northern Region championships next month in Carson City, Nev.

“I am very happy with how our season is progressing,” Vikings coach Jorie Turner said. “Many of our veteran athletes are already hitting their best times from last year and our new swimmers continue to drop time and improve at every meet.”

South Tahoe has competed in three meets so far this season — in its most recent home meet on March 26, the Vikings swept Div. I-A opponents Fallon and Sparks at SLT Recreation and Swim Complex. South Tahoe’s boys and girls teams combined to win 13 events in the three-team meet.

On the boys side, South Tahoe beat Fallon 133-77 and downed Sparks 163-13. The Vikings’ sweep was highlighted by victories in two of the three relays along with sophomore Louis Marin and junior Brady McInytre winning two individual events apiece.

“I am very happy with how our season is progressing.”Jorie TurnerVikings head coach

In the 200 medley relay, South Tahoe’s ‘A’ team of senior Shane Smith, Marin, McIntyre and senior Kellen Gronwold won with a time of 2.00.86. The Vikings’ ‘B’ team of sophomore Charlie Filce, sophomore Temugen Enkhbayar, senior Bryan Peuse and sophomore Andrew Herrera also earned points in the event, finishing third.

The Vikings swept the 200 freestyle led by Marin, who won the event with a swim of 2:08.07. Peuse (2:20.25) and Filce (2:33.07) rounded out the one-two-three finish for STHS.

McIntyre’s first individual victory at the meet came in the 200 individual medley — he swam a 2:25.80 to win by more than 12 seconds. Shane Smith also earned points for the Vikings in the event, swimming to a third-place finish.

Peuse won the 500 freestyle as part of a one-two finish for South Tahoe. Peuse swam the event in 6:13.44 and second-place finisher Filce had a time of 6:50.96.

South Tahoe’s ‘A’ team of Peuse, Shane Smith, Marin and McIntyre won the 200 freestyle by swimming a 1:43.63. The Vikings’ ‘B’ team of Herrera, junior Garrett Knudson, freshman Sergio Rodriguez and junior Trent Leonard took third in the event with a time of 2:13.16.

In the 100 backstroke, Shane Smith won a one-on-one swim against Fallon’s Kendall Rogers. The senior swam a 1:21.14 to beat his Greenwave opposition by more than 11 seconds.

Marin notched his second individual victory of the meet in the 100 breaststroke with a swim of 1:11.54. He was one of four Vikings to earn points in the event along with Enkhbayar (third, 1:27.62), Herrera (fourth, 1:32.70) and Rodriguez (sixth, 1:43.60).

In the 100 freestyle, Kellen Gronwold and Enkbayar finished second and third behind Fallon’s Kyle Grimes. Kellen Gronwold swam the event in 1:06.63 and Enkhbayar finished in 1:09.52.

In the 50 freestyle, Herrera and Knudson each earned points for South Tahoe. Herrera took fourth with a swim of 31.13, just ahead of Knudson (31.25) in fifth place.

South Tahoe was the only team of the three to field a 400 freestyle relay team, but didn’t earn any points in the last event of the meet. The Vikings foursome was disqualified during the race.

In the girls meet, South Tahoe beat Fallon 150-114 and routed Sparks 200-30. The Vikings won two of the three relay races and had four swimmers win individual events — seniors Kimberley Craig and Ally Swain along with sophomores Morgan Wirth and Maia Smith.

South Tahoe led off the meet by winning the 200 medley relay — the Vikings’ ‘A’ team of freshman Sophie Stewart, Maia Smith, Craig and Swain won the event with a swim of 2:16.54. STHS’ ‘B’ team of Wirth, freshman Patricia Frega, sophomore Olivia Pennington and junior Kylee Lyons took third.

Craig produced South Tahoe’s first individual victory of the meet, winning the 200 individual medley with a swim of 2:43.02. Maia Smith (2:53.50) took third and Frega (3:12.91) placed fourth — the Vikings outscored Fallon 17-6 in the event to take a 15-point lead and led the Greenwave by at least 12 for the rest of the meet.

Swain won the 500 freestyle by a 45-second margin, swimming a 6:46.42 to finish in first place. Pennington took third with a time of 7:39.28.

In the 200 freestyle relay, South Tahoe’s ‘A’ team of Maia Smith, Craig, Lyons and Swain won with a swim of 2:00.21. The Vikings’ ‘B’ team of sophomore Sydney Bucholz, Kamren Gronwold, sophomore Brynna Hembree and senior Natalie Allen finished third by swimming a 2:25.97.

Wirth won the 100 backstroke with a swim of 1:24.57 as part of a one-two finish for South Tahoe. Bucholz took second by swimming a 1:28.02 — Kamren Gronwold and Gomez also earned points in the event.

In the last individual swim for the girls, Maia Smith delivered a victory. She won the 100 breaststroke with a swim of 1:22.62 — Allen also competed in the event, finishing fifth.

Lyons was the Vikings’ top finisher in the 200 freestyle, placing second with a swim of 2:43.16. Sophomores Kamren Gronwold (fourth, 2:49.68) and Bucholz (sixth, 3:03.65) also earned points for STHS in the event.

Stewart finished as the top Viking in the 50 freestyle, placing third with a swim of 31.46. Wirth (fourth, 32.15), freshman Karlee Koeppen (sixth, 36.34) and Allen (seventh, 37.74) all earned points for South Tahoe in the event.

Craig topped South Tahoe’s girls in the 100 butterfly, finishing second behind Fallon’s Katrina Ward with a time of 1:15.40. Swain placed third in the event and Pennington took fifth, results that earned points for the Vikings.

Lyons took second to lead STHS in the 100 freestyle, swimming a 1:09.84. Stewart (third, 1:10.41) and Frega (fifth, 1:21.37) each finished in the top half of the field — sophomore Alondra Gomez finished seventh and Koeppen placed ninth.

South Tahoe wrapped up the meet with second- and third-place finishes in the 400 freestyle relay. The Vikings’ team of Wirth, Frega, Pennington and Stewart placed second with a swim of 5:02.69.

The Vikings return to action Friday, April 17 against Fernley at SLT Recreation and Swim Complex and conclude the regular season at Incline on April 24. The Div. I-A Northern Region meet will be held May 8 and 9, with the top four swimmers in each event advancing to the Div. I-A state championships May 16 — both events will be held at Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City.

“I have a feeling we’re going to have a large team competing at state,” Turner said, “with hopefully a team in each of the three relay events.”

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