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2008-2009 Season
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2008-2009 Team Photo: Players’ names were not listed in the 2009 South Yearbook

As swimming has become less popular in the city, the number of team has dwindled.  First it was Henry and North combining. Then Edison and Roosevelt teamed up.  All four of the previously mentioned schools then had to combine because of lack of numbers.  The most recent combination was of Southwest and Washburn, which took effect for the 2008-09 season. But the Tigers were confident since there were only two other teams now in the conference.

South opened the season participating in the Eau Claire Relays.  The Tigers finished a disappointing 11th.

After 125 consecutive regular season conference wins and 23 consecutive Conference regular season titles and Conference Meet titles, the unthinkable happened.  South finally lost a conference meet.  It happened on September 10, 2008 in their first conference meet of the season against the newly combined Southwest/Washburn team.  The Tigers fell 99-87.

The Tigers participated in the St. Paul Central invitational in their next contest. The team finished 8th in the meet out of nine teams.

South bounced back against HREN and won 80-60.

South hosted their own invitational and finished in 14th place out of 18 teams.

In a non-conference dual meet, the Tigers lost to Eau Claire Memorial 119-67. 

The team travelled to Austin for their next meet.  They finished 8th.

The Tigers saw hope at the Conference Relays, amassing 279 points and finishing in first place.  Southwest/Washburn was second with 239 and HREN finished third with 182.

The hope of a 24th conference regular season title rested on the results of their return meet with Southwest/Washburn.  The meet was close and came down to the final events.  Southwest/Washburn pulled off a 53-49 win and claimed the regular season crown.

South participated in the Region 6AA True Team meet.  It seems as if the drain of the streak came crashing down in this meet, as the Tigers finished in last place 900 points behind the winning Edina team.

South finished the Regular season with a 44-39 win over HREN.

South bounced back and won the Conference Meet, scoring 456 points to edge Southwest/Washburn, who scored 447.  HREN finished with 237.  It was decided after the meet that Southwest/Washburn would represent Minneapolis in the Twin City Meet.

Jeff Sanders was the Head Coach.