STHS swims to five record, qualifies six for state
Six South Tahoe High swimmers qualified for the state finals by finishing in the top three at the regionals in Carson City on Saturday as five school records fell.
The South Tahoe boys had two qualifying relay teams, with both the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay finishing third with new school records. Devin Blann and Zack and Tim Powers were joined by Travis Travis on the medley team, while Sean Nelson was the fourth on the freestyle team.
Travis and Nelson will be the only first-timers at the state finals for South Tahoe and both had to earn their spots in the relay teams over the course of the season. Travis, who swam the butterfly leg of the medley relay, took more than 10 seconds off his individual time in the 100 butterfly as the season wore on.
“It’s nice as a coach to see the kids who really work hard get there,” South Tahoe head coach Dale Bogard said. “I wish I could take everybody, but Sean and Travis really wanted to be on those top relays and it showed.”
Zack Powers also qualified by finishing third in the 100 freestyle, setting a new school record at 49.41 seconds. Blann broke the school record in the 100 backstroke at 1:01.79, more than a second faster than Powers’ old mark, but finished seventh in the race.
Natalie Turner was the lone female Viking to qualify, placing third in the 200 freestyle and breaking her own school record in 1:57.62.
The girls’ 200 medley relay team finished just out of the money in fourth place, while the 200 freestyle relay team finished sixth. This year is the first that only the top three in each event go to state, as the old standard was the top five.
The Nevada 4A swimming finals will be held at Buchanan Natatorium on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus on Saturday, with competition set to start at 1 p.m.