Carson swimmers take third

BRAD HORN/Nevada Appeal Carson swimmer Abby Niehoff, 14, competes in the 200 meter medely at the Carson Aquatic Center on Saturday.

BRAD HORN/Nevada Appeal Carson swimmer Abby Niehoff, 14, competes in the 200 meter medely at the Carson Aquatic Center on Saturday.

The Carson High boys and girls swim teams look to be in a battle for second in the Northern 4A Championships based on Saturday's Sierra League Championship results.

Both teams settled for third in Saturday's meet at the Carson Aquatic Center. Reno High maintained its position as the overwhelming favorite to win the zone boys title with 500 points to easily outdistance Galena at 286 and Carson at 282. McQueen was fourth at 272, Spanish Springs was fifth at 231 and Douglas was sixth at 198. Galena's and Carson's positions do not include the diving scores.

In the girls meet, McQueen won with 422 points and was followed by Reno (346), Carson (316), Spanish Springs (263), Galena (232) and Douglas (179). The zone meet will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday with the diving at the University of Nevada. The swimming preliminaries will begin at 2 p.m. Friday and the finals will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday at the Carson Aquatic Center.

Carson had many highlights on Saturday, including sweeping the 400-yard freestyle relays. For the girls, Julie Asire, Rebekah Niehoff, Tatum Boehnke and Abby Niehoff won in 3 minutes, 51.42 seconds while Matt Grunert, Sam Ballard, Garrett Clayton and Kevin Dyer won for the boys in 3:44.48.

Other individual champions for Carson were Rebekah Niehoff, who won the 200 free in 2:03.43, Abby Niehoff, who won the 500 free in 5:16.65 and Clayton, who won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.70.

Other top three finishes for Carson were: Clayton, third in the 200 individual medley in 2:13.55; Asire, second in the 100 free in 56.33; Barbara Perkins, third in the 500 free in 5:31.77; Dyer, second in the 500 free in 5:04.17; Carson's girls (Asire, Jessica Goddard, Boehnke, Abby Niehoff), second in the 200 free relay, 1:45.45; Carson's boys (Jacob Cornwell, Paul Chang, Grunert, Dyer), second in the 200 free relay, 1:41.48.

Rebekah Niehoff, third in the 100 back, 1:06.42; Grunert, second in the 100 back, 58.84; Carson's girls (Rebekah Niehoff, Abby Niehoff, Asire, Goddard), second in the 200 medley relay, 1:59.26; Carson's boys (Grunert, Clayton, Dyer, Chris Earwood), second in the 200 medley relay, 1:53.34.

Other top finishers for Carson were: Girls 200 free - Megan Hanke, eighth, 2:28.48; Melanie Gingell, ninth, 2:28.59; Taylor Stokes, 15th. Boys 200 free - Ian Murdock, sixth, 2:12.59; Cornwell, ninth, 2:13.91. Girls 200 I.M. - Perkins, fifth, 2:29.35; Danielle Judge, seventh, 2:31.45; Beth Lewis, 11th; Carrie Linn, 18th.

Boys 200 I.M. - Chang, seventh, 2:13.55. Girls 50 free - Goddard, sixth, 27.69; Jessica Wilson, 20th; Danika Keating, 21st; Llanet Robles, 22nd. Boys 50 free - Cornwell, 10th, 27.56; Alex Peckham, 16th; Kevin Patterson, 19th. Girls 100 buttlerfly - Goddard, seventh, 1:10.07; Melissa Wurster, 13th; Linn, 15th; Julia Lapham, 17th. Boys 100 fly - Ballard, sixth, 1:07.01. Girls 50 100 free - Hannah Nystrom, ninth, 1:05.11; Alex Banfield, 19th.

Boys 100 free - Kevin Patterson, 15th, 1:32.61. Girls 500 free - Beth Lewis, 13th; Gingell, 15th. Boys 500 free - Ian Murdock, fourth. Girls 100 back - Wurster, 14th; Robles, 22nd; Kelly Hazard, 23rd. Boys 100 back - Ballard, fourth, 1:05.94. Girls 100 breaststroke - Judge, ninth, 1:20.14; Boehnke, 10th, 1:20.36; Brittany Schirey, 19th; Stokes, 20th. Boys 100 breaststroke - Chang, sixth, 1:12.34; Peckham, 13th.

In boys diving, Todd Banko took fourth, Adam Updegrove was fifth and Kurt Anderson was eighth.


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