South Tahoe swimmers shaving seconds late in season |

South Tahoe swimmers shaving seconds late in season

South Tahoe's Mark Allen receives his award for finishing first in the diving contest Saturday at Carson Valley Swim Center in Minden, Nevada.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Tahoe swimmers are shaving seconds off personal bests at the right time of year.

The Vikings boys and girls each glided past Sage Ridge on Saturday, April 27, at Carson Valley Swim Center in Minden, Nevada.

The boys won 148-83 while the girls prevailed 144-79.

Alexandra Otomo had another strong meet and leads a group of 18 Vikings who are qualified for the northern regional meet next Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, in Carson City.

Otomo won the 100-yard freestyle with the best time recorded this year in the northstate. She finished in 55.83 seconds, the second time she’s been under 56 seconds this season, as is nearly 1 seconds ahead of the next best time.

Otomo also won the 100 backstroke with the second best time this season, 1:04.72, coming over a second short of her previous best and the top time this year.

Otomo is quick in most events including the fourth fastest this year in the 50 and 200 free, second in the 500 free, fourth in the 100 breaststroke and second in the 200 individual medley.

Otomo also teamed with Alexis Haven, Hannah Trew and Hannah Lucas to take first in the 4×400 free relay and set the second fastest time this season.

Haven, a freshman, won the 100 butterfly and Lucas was third.

South Tahoe has added diving this season and Mark Allen claimed first place Wednesday at Carson Valley Swim Center with a score of 174 points.

For the South Tahoe boys this season, Tristan Klasko is fifth best in the 200 IM, seventh in 100 fly and eighth each in the 200 and 500 free, freshman Jerry Guebard is third fastest in the 55 free, sixth in 200 IM and eighth in 100 breast and Adrien Lomeli is fourth in the 50 breast.

“I am very happy with the way the team is performing at this point in the season,” said Vikings head coach Will Davenport. “Many swimmers are improving their best times every week. Our relays are starting to click and I think we have a chance to qualify eight to 10 swimmers for the state meet in Carson on May 18.”

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