SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Alexandra Otomo glides effortlessly through the water using smooth, fast, powerful swim strokes that have produced some of the best times this season in Northern Nevada.
The South Tahoe junior put together a personal best run Saturday, May 11, in the 200-yard freestyle in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 3A/4A Northern Region Swimming and Diving Championships at Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City. But she came up about two-tenths of a second short of winning the race to a rival swimmer who also produced a personal record.
Otomo did run away from the pack during the 100 backstroke to claim the Vikings’ lone individual championship from the meet and help the girls earn second place overall. The boys took third.
Otomo and 11 of her teammates have advanced and will vie for the ultimate prize this Saturday in the NIAA 3A State High School Swimming and Diving Championship, again at the Carson Aquatic Facility,
“I am very happy with our results from the regional championship meet this weekend,” said Vikings head coach Will Davenport. “We qualified more swimmers and one diver for state, than we have ever had in my three years. Our relays all have good chances to medal and our top swimmer, Alex, has a real chance to compete for a state title in her two individual events. All our swimmers are excited and looking forward to competing this weekend.”
The girls medley and 400 relays each earned second place, with the top four finishers in individual or relay events qualified for the state meet.
Otomo teamed with Hannah Lucas, Hannah Trew and Alexis Haven for the medley relay and Madelynn Evans subbed in for Trew in the 400 relay.
Each team will be seeded third at state.
The 4×200 free relay team of Darby Creegan, Evans, Trew and Elizabeth Nakamoto qualified in fourth place.
Other qualifying performances for the girls included Haven earning third in the 500 free and fourth in the 100 fly and Hannah Lucas finishing fourth in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
The Viking boys relay team of Jerry Guebard, Sam Evans, Luke Allen and Tristan Klasko qualified for state in the 200 and 400 free relays.
Klasko also earned third place individually in the 200 IM and Guebard was third in the 500 free.
A few days before the swim meet, Peter Anthony became South Tahoe’s first diver to ever place in the regional meet.
Anthony earned second place Wednesday, May 8, at the Lombardi Recreation Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The diving finals start at 9 a.m. at the Carson Valley Swim Center in Minden, Nevada and the swimming finals begin at 1 p.m.