Team-oriented Vikings sent record amount to zone
Dedication has been the key to the success of the South Tahoe High swim team this season.
With a record 22 swimmers heading to this weekend’s zone meet at the Carson Aquatic Center, the Vikings have a very good chance of sending numerous athletes to next week’s state meet in Las Vegas.
“There’s been a definite improvement in the team’s camaraderie this season,” senior co-captain Lisa Anton said. “The coaching staff did a great job of mixing all the swimmers together.
“They put the most experienced swimmers in the same lane as the least experienced during practice and it’s paid off.”
Anton is headlining a super cast of swimmers who all have their eyes set on the state meet in multiple events.
Anton will be swimming the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, while fellow co-captain Jessica Tinlin is swimming the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
Other girl swimmers making the trip are Melissa Anstett (200 free and 100 free), Tiffany Carter (100 breast and 200 free), Caitlin Robinson (200 and 50 free), Samantha Crosson (200 IM and 100 back), Sarah Belair (100 fly), Megan Meagher (500 free), Erin Quandt (100 breast) and Jorie Turner (100 fly and 100 back).
Boys co-captains Jeff Koeck and David Quandt are also swimming two events -Koeck in the 50 free and 100 back and Quandt in the 200 and 500 free.
Joining the Koeck and Quandt on the boys’ side are Erik (200 free and 100 back) and Luke Gallanty (100 breast), freshman sensation Zack Powers (200 free and 100 breast), Kory Collins (50 free and 100 breast) and Ansel Robinson (100 fly and 500 free).
The record amount of competitors for the Vikings should have a great effect on their performances Friday and Saturday.
“Cheering definitely helps out,” Koeck said. “Just knowing that your teammates are there really makes a difference.”
Heading into the meet, there are many unknowns about each race, many of the Vikings qualified for more than four events.
“It’s hard to tell who has the best chance of making it to the state meet,” Viking coach Dale Bogard said. “Hopefully I put the kids in their best events and they’ll make it.
“A lot of coaches strategize, but I just put kids in the events they want to swim.”
Along with the individual races, some swimmers will also be featured on relay teams.
Tinlin (back), Anton (breast), Turner (fly) and Anstett (free) make up the girls’ 200 medley relay, while Collins (back), Powers (breast), Ansel Robinson (fly) and Koeck (free) consist of the boys 200 medley.
The girls 200 free relay features Tinlin, Anton, Caitlin Robinson and Anstett and the boys team is Powers, Ansel Robinson, Collins and Koeck.
The other two relays to qualify for zone are the boys and girls 400 free. The boys team consists of Luke Gallanty, David Quandt, Scott Vallejo and Erik Gallanty with Travis Travis as the alternate.
The girls’ squad features Caitlin Robinson, Shauna Hixenbaugh, Carter and Turner with Brittany Barth, Katy Stovall and Megan Stanton serving as alternates.
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