Quality depth paid handsome dividends for Spring Valley’s swim teams at last weekend’s Class 4A state meet at the USC Natatorium.
The Vikings had no individual champions at the season finale, but the boys and girls teams combined for yet another impressive showing at the biggest event of the short season.
Spring Valley’s boys finished in third place with 284 points, while the girls were eighth with 167 points. The boys matched their best-ever state finish, and their state point total was the second highest in program annals. The girls, meanwhile, continued their unabated run of Top 10 finishes. In fact, the Vikings are one of only three teams, male or female, to crack the Top 10 at state every year since the sport debuted in 1998. The other consistent producers are Class 3A girls powers Riverside and J.L. Mann.
Hunter Bagnal, Jonathon Boland and Ben Spinek were the headliners for the SV boys. All three had two individual Top 10 efforts and did work on two Top 10 relay teams.
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Bagnal came away with two bronze medals. He was third in the 500 free and joined forces with Mason Thornley, Andrew Ewing and Michael Gastright on the third-place 200 medley relay team.
All of the six Vikings named contributed to the team point total in four events.
The girls leader was Sarah Boyle, who picked up a silver medal for a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke, was fourth in the 100 butterfly and work on two Top 10 relay teams.
Otherwise Caroline Spinek finished sixth in the butterfly and was on two relay teams, and Katie Voss, who did not score individually, contributed on all three relays teams.