Vikings excel at zone swim meet |

Vikings excel at zone swim meet

Michael Traum

RENO – South Tahoe High will have twice as many state swimmers than ever before, following the Northern Nevada 4A zone finals Saturday at the Lombardi Recreation Center.

Sarah Ross qualified in two events and Kristi Collins in another, leading a list of 14 Vikings who traveled to the zone event.

Ross first made the grade in the 50-yard freestyle. Normally not her strongest event, the sophomore raced to a fourth-place finish after nearly a half-hour wait due to timing problems.

“I hated swimming it until high school. Some coaches even thought I should skip (the 50 free),” said Ross, who also took second in the 100 backstroke. “It’s a big thing, just going to state. I can’t believe I actually made it. And it means a lot for our team, too. We’re a small team and the other schools swim year-round. We’re moving up the swimming community.”

Collins’ race was the most exciting for Tahoe fans, as the freshman came from behind in the final 10 yards to move into fourth place and earn the state trip in the 100 butterfly.

“I heard everyone cheering and I knew it must have been close. I just put my head down and pulled hard,” she said. “I felt like today was going to be a good day. I felt real good warming up, real smooth.”

In other individual action, senior Nick Romagnolo finished sixth in the 100 breast and 11th 50 free; sophomore Russell Grant was ninth in the 500 free and sixth 200 free; Denise Bogard, 11th, 200 IM and 10th, 100 breast; Adrian Hankoff, sixth, 50 free and sixth, 100 free; and Collins, sixth, 200 IM.

The state meet is scheduled in Las Vegas next weekend.

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