STHS sends 14 to zone swim meet |

STHS sends 14 to zone swim meet

Fourteen individual South Tahoe High swimmers will look to run the table in the Northern Nevada 4A zone meet at Lombardi Pool in Reno this weekend.

The trials are set for Friday at 2 p.m., with the finals taking mark Saturday. The Lombardi complex is on the University of Nevada campus.

Among those vying for a trip to the state meet is South Tahoe senior Nick Romagnolo. The 100-meter breaststroke specialist will look to repeat a sophomore-year trip to the Nevada finals. He missed last year by just two-hundreths of a second.

“Hopefully I can drop my time down,” said Romagnolo, currently sixth-fastest in the event. The top four continue to state. “It’s exciting. All the kids going down have a chance. You don’t need a whole lot of talent to swim, just the dedication and hard work. And people who do that succeed in life.”

Romagnolo will also swim the 50 free. Joining him on the boys side will be Russell Grant in the 200 and 500 free, Forrest Armstrong in the 200 and 500 free, Erick Luerken in the 50 and 500 free and Dustin Rath in the 50 and 100 free. A medley relay team of Romagnolo, Grant, Rath and Doug Wilson will compete, 200 free relay of Romagnolo, Rath, Grant and Luerken, and 400 free relay of Armstrong, Tom and Erick Luerken and Scott Miller will also compete.

On the girls side, Adrian Hankoff hopes to return to the state finals in the freestyle disciplines. Also competing will be Kristi Collins in the 200 individual medley and 100 fly, Denise Bogard 200 IM and 100 breast, Kim Hunt 200 free and 100 back, Shaina Willen 500 free and 100 back, Sarah Ross 50 free and 100 back, Nicole Fruitman 200 and 500 free, Fernanda Attie 100 breast and Chantelle Young 50 free. The medley and 200 free relay team of Ross, Bogard, Hankoff and Collins, and the 400 free relay of Chantel Touryian, Young, Hunt and Nicole Buell will also compete.

“There’s tons of fast swimmers on the other teams. We’re little guys in a big pond,” said Tahoe coach Stacy Romagnolo, who takes a record number of individuals to zone. “To place would be really good for us. And we have a really good chance of coming back on Saturday.”

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