Vikings relay to swim meet sweep |

Vikings relay to swim meet sweep

Steve Yingling

When it came right down to it, South Tahoe High’s swimming wins against Manogue on Saturday in Reno were team efforts.

South Tahoe’s girls won three relays and were second or third in three others as they cruised to a 119-33 victory over the Miners. The boys faced a sterner test from Manogue, needing a first and two seconds in the relay races to clinch their win, 94-78.

The victories were the boys’ and girls’ second of the season. The boys are fourth in league and the girls sixth with one meet remaining.

Anton, Melissa Anstett, Jessica Tinlin and Caitlin Robinson combined to win the 200-yard medley relay in 2 minutes, 10.17 seconds. Robinson and Anton were also part of the victorious 200 free relay team that also included Jorie Turner and Tiffany Carter. Tinlin, Carter, Turner and Anstett picked up their second relay wins by taking the 400 free relay.

Brittany Barth, Shauna Hixenbaugh, Vanessa Porfiri and Katy Stoval finished second in the 200 free relay. Megan Meagher, Karen Grant, Hixenbaugh and Samantha Cross claimed third in the 400 free relay and Crosson, Stoval, Barth and Sarah Belair did the same in the 200 medley relay (2:30.58).

Providing the boys with a relay victory were Kory Collins, Mikey Ledesma, Scott Vallejo and Jeff Koeck in the 200 free relay. Koeck and Collins also contributed to the second-place 200 medley relay squad, which also included Zack Powers and Erik Gallanty. Gallanty, Ledesma, Vallejo and Powers also came back to earn second in the 400 free relay.

Collins, Koech and Gallanty each provided the Vikings with individual firsts. Koech won the 100 butterfly in 1:16.52, Collins took the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.78 and Gallanty captured the 100 backstroke in 1:21.51. Powers was second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 200 individual medley, Ledesma was runner-up in the 100 backstroke and third in the 50 freestyle – both were personal bests – and Vallejo came in second to Collins in the 100 backstroke and was third in the 100 freestyle.

Viking coach Dale Bogard was specifically pleased with the performances of Staphanie Gorevin and Tihisha Vaccaiah. Gorevin had a personal-best backstroke while Vaccaiah showed improvement in the backstroke.

Viking girls dominated the first-place medals, with Anton, Turner, Tinlin and Anstette winning two events. Robinson delivered two second places, while Carter, Crosson and Belair came through with seconds as well.

South Tahoe is preparing for its third-and-final home meet against Reed on Saturday at 9 a.m. The meet will serve as a tuneup for the zone, championships, which are May 11. The Vikings have qualified 15 swimmers for the meet, including eight girls.

“We were really pushing them hard this past week,” Bogard said. “The ones who don’t have zone qualifying times will be tapering off this week and hopefully get it this week. The ones who have made it, we’re pushing hard through next week and then they’ll cut down a couple days before.”

Strokes of genius: Vikings finish fifth in league

South Tahoe wrapped up the school’s highest overall finish in the Northern Nevada 4A golf league Monday.

The Vikings came in sixth at Northgate Golf Course in Reno to clinch fifth in the final league standings.

“It’s been a real good season and almost all of our guys are coming back,” said Vikings coach Mike Patterson.

But before the Vikings can focus on the 2002 season there’s a little business remaining. The Vikings will participate in the zone championships next Tuesday at Red Hawk in Sparks.

“It’s going to be really tough, but I wouldn’t rule it out,” said Patterson about the Vikings’ chance of grabbing one of the league’s three state tournament berths. “Galena and McQueen are outstanding golf schools and Reed will be playing on their home course.”

On Monday, Hunter Harris led the Vikings with an 18-hole total of 84. Also contributing to the Vikings’ sixth-place score of 435 were Sean Fannan, 85; Dan D’Angelo, 86; Ryan Kraw, 88; and Brian Ware, 92. Kenny Craig’s 96 wasn’t used in the team scoring.

Galena’s Bryson Young kept his tournament win streak going as he led all scorers with a 2-over-par 74. McQueen won the finale with 392 strokes.

The teams’ final order of finish for the regular season saw McQueen win a tiebreaker to edge Galena out for the top spot. Then came Reed, Carson, South Tahoe, Reno, Douglas, Sparks, Elko, Fallon, Wooster and Hug.

– Matt O’Neill contributed to this story.

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