South Tahoe swim sweeps Fernley in home finale |

South Tahoe swim sweeps Fernley in home finale

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe senior Kimberley Craig swims the 100 backstroke in the Vikings’ meet against Fernley last Friday at SLT Recreation and Swim Complex. Craig placed first in the event, one of her two individual victories at the meet.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — In its last home meet of the season, the South Tahoe swim team continued its success in the pool against Div. I-A Northern competition. The Vikings swept Fernley last Friday at SLT Recreation and Swim Complex, placing first in 18 of the meet’s 22 events en route to victory on both sides.

South Tahoe’s girls team beat Fernley 142-102, a victory that included nine first-place finishes. Senior Kimberley Craig and junior Ally Swain won two individual events apiece — and also swam on the Vikings’ teams that took the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

The Vikings led off the meet by winning the 200 medley relay — the team of freshman Sophie Stewart, Swain, Craig and sophomore Maia Smith swam a 2:18.95 to finish first. South Tahoe’s team of sophomore Sydney Bucholz, junior Kylee Lyons, sophomore Olivia Pennington and sophomore Kamren Gronwold also earned points with a third-place finish.

Swain’s first individual victory of the meet came in the 200 freestyle — she swam a 2:25.82 to win by more than 12 seconds. Lyons took second with a time of 2:37.88 while sophomore Morgan Wirth (fourth, 2:58.04) and Kamren Gronwold (fifth, 2:58.47) earned points for the Vikings.

South Tahoe finished one-two in the 200 individual medley, led by Stewart’s swim of 2:54.01. Maia Smith swam a 2:58.34 to place second in the event that helped the Vikings open up a 30-point lead over the Vaqueros.

Pennington was the Vikings’ top finisher in the 50 freestyle, won by Fernley’s Lauren Adamson. Pennington took third with a swim of 32.19, a half-second ahead of Buchholz in fourth place.

Fernley had the lone competitor in the 100 butterfly, allowing the visitors to pull within 13 points. But South Tahoe quickly stretched that advantage back to 81-51 after taking the top four spots in the next event — the 100 freestyle.

STHS delivered a sweep in the 100 freestyle, with Craig winning the event by swimming a 1:05.47. Stewart (1:07.57), Lyons (1:09.68) and Wirth (1:18.27) rounded out the top four, all finishing at least nine seconds ahead of the Vaqueros’ fastest swimmer in the event.

Swain won the 500 freestyle by more than a minute, swimming a 6:46.12 to lead a one-two finish for the Vikings. Pennington placed second in the event with a time of 7:47.02.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the South Tahoe team of Maia Smith, Craig, Lyons and Swain rolled to victory with a swim of 2:00.08. Fernley took the next two spots, keeping the Vikings’ second team from scoring.

Craig’s second individual win of the meet came in the 100 backstroke, which she won by swimming a 1:14.90. Bucholz took second with a swim of 1:27.02 while freshman Karlee Koeppen (seventh, 1:39.58) also earned points.

Maia Smith won the meet’s last individual event, finishing on top in the 100 breaststroke with a swim of 1:24.06. Kamren Gronwold also earned points for STHS, swimming a 1:47.69 to place third.

South Tahoe’s girls team punctuated its victory by winning the 400 freestyle relay. The Vikings’ quartet of Wirth, Bucholz, Pennington and Stewart swam a 5:06.60 to take the event by nearly 45 seconds.

On the boys side, South Tahoe delivered a 137-90 victory. The Vikings won six individual events and all three relays — senior Kellen Gronwold, junior Brady McIntyre and sophomore Louis Marin won two individual events each.

South Tahoe began the meet by winning the 200 medley relay — the Vikings’ team of senior Bryan Peuse, Marin, McIntyre and senior Shane Smith swam a 1:59.28 to finish first. The STHS quartet of junior Trent Leonard, freshman Sergio Rodriguez, sophomore Temugen Enkhbayar and sophomore Andrew Herrera placed third.

Kellen Gronwold notched his first win of the meet in the 200 freestyle, placing first by swimming a 2:19.23. South Tahoe took the top three spots in the event —sophomore Charlie Filce (2:28.62) finished second while Enkhbayar (2:30.93) took third.

McIntyre delivered his first victory in the 200 individual medley — the junior swam a 2:19.23 to win the event by nearly 10 seconds. Shane Smith took second, swimming a 2:44.02.

Junior Garrett Knudson was South Tahoe’s top finisher in the 50 freestyle, placing third with a swim of 30.82. Leonard (fifth, 31.13), Herrera (sixth, 31.48) and Rodriguez (seventh, 33.26) also earned points in the event — the Vikings had a 20-point lead over Fernley at the break, and led by at least that margin the rest of the way.

In the 100 butterfly, McIntyre produced his second victory of the meet. He swam the event in 58.86 to win by more than six seconds.

Marin took first in the 100 freestyle by swimming a 1:00.25. Knudson took third with a time of 1:12.27.

Kellen Gronwold picked up his second win of the meet by swimming a 6:37.99 in the 500 freestyle. Filce also earned points for South Tahoe in the event with a swim of 6:58.40.

In the 200 freestyle relay, South Tahoe’s team of Kellen Gronwold, Shane Smith, Marin and McIntyre swam a 1:46.62 to finish first. The Vikings quartet beat Fernley’s top team by nearly five seconds.

Marin swam to his second win of the meet in the 100 backstroke, finishing first with a time of 1:08.14. Shane Smith also swam in the event — he took third by swimming a 1:13.74.

Enkbayar led the way for the Vikings in the 100 breaststroke with a second-place swim of 1:23.70. Herrera took third with a time of 1:34.33 to earn points for South Tahoe.

In the last event of the afternoon, South Tahoe rolled to victory in the 400 freestyle relay. Kellen Gronwold, Enkhbayar, Filce and Knudson swam a 4:37.50 to beat their Fernley counterparts by 16 seconds.

South Tahoe concludes the regular season Friday at Incline in a Div. I-A Northern meet against the host Highlanders and Sage Ridge. 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 the following week — both events will be held at Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City.

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