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Vikings fill pool with talent

Michael Traum

Same strokes for different folks. Twenty-two new swimmers are out this season for the South Tahoe High team.

When those numbers are added to the 19 strong returners, eight of whom were individual zone qualifiers and two state participants, first-year coach Dale Bogard is anticipating another dip at a Sierra League championship.

“I’m excited. They’re all very enthusiastic. We’ve put in a lot of yardage in preparation for (Friday’s) league opener,” Bogard said.

Juniors Sarah Ross and Kristi Collins are defending state competitors, with Ross qualifying in the 100 back and 50 free and Collins in the 100 butterfly. Returning zone individuals include Nicole Fruitman, Kim Hunt, Shaina Willen, Russell Grant, Forrest Armstrong and Erick Luerken.

“I expect a lot out of all of them,” Bogard said.

There are 14 returning girls and five returning boys for a total of 11 boys – twice as many as last season. Both Viking teams were undefeated in the Sierra League last season.

Other returners include Denise Bogard, Adrian Hankoff, Andria Allen, Lisa Borges, Amy Cecil, Jan Goethals, Ashley Lacroix, Wendy Michal, Erin Walters, Tom Luerken and Scott Miller.

And once the younger swimmers get wet behind the ears, the coach thinks her Vikings will be in the deep end of the Sierra League.

“We did lose some seniors, but we picked up 22 new ones who have been practicing really hard. After winning last year and seeing how much fun they had, a lot of new kids wanted to come out,” Bogard said.

The Vikings open the season vs. Wooster on Friday at Truckee High.

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