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Turner, Powers expected to lead South Tahoe swimming

Jeremy Evans
Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune South Tahoe High freshman Anthony Corvo works out with the rest of the squad Tuesday at the city of South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department pool.

When Lissa Jones found out she was going to be the new South Tahoe swimming coach, she did what any young, aspiring coach should do – contact the old coach. In Jones’ case, this meant hooking up with long-time Viking coach Dale Bogard.

“We met once prior to me taking the team over, just so she could fill me in on things,” said Jones, a Sacramento native and South Shore resident for the past five years. “She groomed me a little bit. She’s been very helpful to me, but at the same time she wants this to be my team.”

In just 11 practices this season, Jones is well on her way. South Tahoe opens the season today at Douglas.

Dale Bogard, who was the coach of the Vikings the past eight seasons, gave Jones an endorsement. Although they only met once, Bogard feels the program is in good hands.

“I just tried to tell her a few things, but I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with her,” said Bogard, who now lives in Port Orchard, Wash. “She’s young, energetic and passionate about swimming. That’s a good combination. I’ll always be available if she wants help.”

Twenty-nine swimmers are currently on the team (19 girls, 10 boys), including 20 returners who hope to continue the team’s recent success. Natalie Turner, Lacey Payne, Tim Powers and Dan Rabbetts figure to be the Vikings’ top swimmers.

Turner finished sixth last season at the state championships in the 200-yard freestyle, while Powers was part of two relay teams that helped the South Tahoe boys take ninth at state. Jones, who works at the counselor’s office at South Tahoe High, hopes to build on that success.

“I think it will be worthwhile in the end, regardless of how we do,” Jones said. “Of course I want them to win and I want them to be competitive, but more importantly, I want them to have fun. There’s nothing more important to me than being on a team and contributing. They’ve won the sportsmanship award the last three years and I just want to continue the things they’ve already done.”

Powers is the younger brother of Zack Powers, who was a senior last year and the anchor on the 200-yard freestyle relay team that took fifth at state. Tim Powers swam the second leg on that team and should excel in both freestyle and butterfly events again this season.

Rabbetts’ times so far this year have been solid, but Jones is unsure exactly which event he’ll excel at. Turner, though, should once again be one of the North’s leaders in freestyle events, while Payne’s niche remains in butterfly races.

“The effort by these kids is amazing,” Jones said. “Right now, it’s just a matter of finding that happy medium and making it all click, with a new coach, new swimmers, etc. I’m really excited. I’ve swam my whole life, so I’ve always wanted to coach swimming. This is fun for me. I think we’re going to be all right.”

STHS Swimming Schedule

Date Location Time

Today Douglas 3 p.m.

March 19 REED 9:30 a.m.

March 24 Manogue 2 p.m.

April 5 Reno 2 p.m.

April 8 MCQUEEN 3 p.m.

April 15 Carson 2 p.m.

April 23 SPANISH SPRINGS 1 p.m.

April 30 GALENA 9 a.m.

May 13-14 *Northern 4A Tournament 1 p.m.

May 21 ^Nevada 4A Tournament Noon

Note: All home games in CAPS. Northern 4A Tournament is at Carson High. Nevada 4A Tournament is at University of Nevada.

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