Vikings’ relay team qualifies for state swimming meet
After his team’s only home meet of the season on April 25, South Tahoe swim team coach Jerry Erickson came away unsatisfied with the Vikings’ performance against the Lowry Buckaroos.
“Lowry isn’t real strong. Our kids swam well. But, to me, we made a lot of mistakes and we’ll have to pick up a little bit,” Erickson said last month.
South Tahoe certainly picked it up a little bit on Friday and Saturday at the Northern 4A regional meet, with the 400 freestyle relay team made up of Joe Stanton, Nathan Hansen, David Wise and Evan Rabbetts qualifying for state. Most of the Vikings’ other swimmers also improved their times in their respective events at the Carson Aquatic Center in Carson City.
“The kids did excellent, better than I thought,” Erickson said. “All the times came down. After that last meet in Tahoe, the kids really changed things that following weekend and did what they had to do.”
Only the top three finishers in each event qualified for the Nevada 4A meet on Friday and Saturday at Buchanan Natatorium on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
While only the Vikings’ relay team qualified, there were several other noteworthy performances.
Rabbetts placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke, Hansen seventh in the 200 freestyle and Wise seventh in the 500 freestyle for the boys, who finished with 126 points and finished ninth out of 17 teams in the team standings.
The only other top-eight finish for the STHS boys was the 200 freestyle relay team consisting of Hansen, Stanton, Rabbetts and Anthony Corvo which placed fifth. Freshman Hanna Bratton placed fifth in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 200 freestyle for the girls, who finished 13th out of 18 teams with 59 points.
“Being a freshman, Hanna will do better in these things once she gets more experience,” Erickson said. “All of her times came down, and that’s what is most important.”
Stanton, Hansen, Wise and Rabbetts will leave on Friday for Las Vegas and hopefully continue a memorable season for the boys’ team that won the Zephyr League title.
“It took them all having the best 100 time of the season to do it, but they knew that’s what had to happen,” Erickson said. “I wish a couple of individuals would’ve made it, but the competition is so tough in Reno and Carson. But I am only losing a few kids, so next year will be even better for both teams.”