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1980-1981 Season
1980-1981 Team Photo: Front Row: Jennifer Sherman, Jule Zohn, Sara Strand, Heather Broden, Barb Francis. Middle Row: Patsy Francis, Lisa Jones, Rachelle Slinger, Jill Bergstrom, Michelle Thayer. Back Row: Coach Mike Anderson, Diane Janey,Nora Strand, Vivita Rozenbergs, Anne Nelson, Monica Capra, Dawn Jensen, Ann Ness, Lois Mohs, Coach Neil Anderson.

Experience plays an important role in every sport.  Swimming is no different.  The 1981 South Yearbook reported that 35 women came out for the swimming team, but only 12 were from South.  Twenty-three swimmers were from neighboring junior high schools. Coaches Mike and Neil Anderson had the responsibility to melt the veterans and younger swimmers into a cohesive team.

The Tigers opened the season against Southwest.  Southwest racked up a 120-52 win.  This was followed by another loss to Washburn, 136-25.

South won their first meet of the season against Central.  In a close event, the Tigers pulled out a 44-37 victory. 

South took on Edison in the next meet.  South was in control from the first event and won their second meet of the season, 51-31.  This was the first time in school history that the team won more than one conference meet in a year!

South was not done though.  Against Roosevelt, the Tigers won their third straight meet, defeating the Teddies 48-32.

South finished the season with three losses.  West defeated the Tigers 107-55.  Henry then won 100-57.  Marshall-University handed the Tigers their last loss of the season, 109-49.

In the Region tournament, South finished in ninth place out of 11 teams.  Blake took the Region title. 

Individually, the season was successful.  New school records were set by sophomore Diane Janey in the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly, and sophomore Monica Capra in the 50 yard and 100 yard freestyle.  The 400 yard freestyle relay team of Janey, Capra, senior Lois Mohs and freshman Heather Broden also set a new school record.

South finished with a 3-5 conference record, tied for fifth place with Central, Edison, and Marshall-University.