Viking pool sharks hold own at state swim meet |

Viking pool sharks hold own at state swim meet

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

They belonged.

Qualifying for the state meet a week ago, South Tahoe High swimmers Denise Bogard and Kristi Collins broke team records in their respective events. But with Carson City and Reno dominating the sport as of late, Viking swimmers rarely are showcased with the state’s best swimmers.

They were Saturday at the state championships at Buchanan Natatorium on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas. The Viking juniors showed why they are among the top eight 100 butterfly and 100 breast strokers in Nevada.

Bogard, who shattered the school mark of 1:11.52 in the 100 breaststroke with her time of 1:09.57 at zone, placed fifth among the state’s eight best. The fourth-seeded Bogard’s time was 1:10.15, with Amber Rais of Reno capturing the state title in 1:05.72.

“She was ready and had one of her best starts ever,” Viking coach Dale Bogard said.

Collins also wasn’t able to top her record-setting zone performance, but impressed her coach.

“She swam really well and made good turns,” coach Bogard said.

Collins’ time of 1:02.50 in the 100 butterfly translated into a sixth-place finish. Rachelle Carano of Bishop Manogue won the event in 58.68.

En route to a fourth-place finish at zone, Collins completed the 100 butterfly in 1:01.52. The old school mark was 1:02.21.

The Vikings celebrated by taking their coach on a wild roller-coaster ride at New York-New York Hotel Casino.

“I didn’t breathe for 3 minutes. I don’t usually go on those things,” coach Bogard said.

Carson and Reno were the class of the girls competition, with the Senators outscoring the Huskies 131 to 116 for the team title.

Besides Collins’ and Bogard’s marks, other Viking records set the previous week at zone were by Ryan Theilemann in the 100 butterfly, 1:03.91 (old mark, 1:04.32); and the 200 free relay team of Theilemann, Russell Grant, Jeff Koeck and Jon McKean, 1:42.82 (old mark, 1:42.92).

The Vikings will hold their season-ending awards banquet tonight at 6:30 in the Horizon Resort Casino.

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