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STHS swimmers aren’t in over their heads

Michael Traum

Go ahead, call the South Tahoe High swim team girlish.

But don’t underestimate the potential of the 43 Lady Vikings. The bunch lost just once last year en route to a second-place finish among small schools behind league-winner Fallon.

“We’re looking for them to have great results. They could win it all (league) this year,” said fourth-year coach Stacy Romagnolo.

Anchoring the girls side will be sophomores Adrian Hankoff and Sarah Ross, and freshmen Denise Bogard and Kristi Collins.

Hankoff, whose strengths include 50 freestyle and 200 individual medley, qualified for state last year, finishing fifth in the 50 free. Ross is tough in the 100 backstroke, while Bogard best swims the 100 breast and Collins can contend in a number of events.

“They also can do well in the relay events. A top-four (zone) and trip to state is a real possibility,” Romagnolo said.

Amelia Owens, one of a dozen senior girls, said she’s aiming toward a fun, winning year.

“The young swimmers are showing the seniors what’s up,” joked Owens. “We’re all having a good time and we’re looking forward to winning.”

On the boys side, just eight Vikings were brave enough to sport the Speedos. They’re a hard-working group, which Romagnolo said comes to compete.

Senior Nick Romagnolo and sophomore Russell Grant return as the top Vikes. Romagnolo was a state finalist in the 100 breast two years ago and just missed a spot last season. Grant excels in the 500 free and 200 free.

“This is a good team. We haven’t done much timing in practice. I’ll now a lot more after this weekend,” Romagnolo said.

The Vikings open the season Saturday vs. Sparks in Reno at the Lombardi Recreation Center on the University of Nevada campus. Warm-ups begin at 9:30 a.m.


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