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1996-1997 Season
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1996-1997 Team Photo: First Row: K. Nelson, A. Snow, A. Sateran, E. Moseng. Second Row: C. Davidson, J. McClure, L. Flannigan, H. Ortell, S. Kahle, V. Yancey, J. Lundquist, C. Richey, E. Hanson, E. Giles, K. Sullivan, M. Olsen, K. Norman. Third Row: N. Trudeau, S. Ludwiczak, M. Grandbois, A. Ushio, M. Kimball, B. Fakahmer, K. Wattson, A. Skarie, L. Burbank, A. Barr, M. Norman, A. MacLennan Fourth Row: L. Griffith, K. Moody, A. Bouta, M. Wiencke, D. Cobbs, Q. Zappia, M. Erickson, B. Fahmer, C. Murphy, J. Stenzel, C. Rassmusson, A. Spensly, S. Berg, M. Norman, R. Lenzen. Fifth Row: L. Snyder, K. Larsen, J. Sanders, M. Schold, K. Sweet. Back Row: S. Miller, R. Moor, T. Slarks, K. Snow, M. Holtz, S. Ekerholm, A. Substad, K. Liesinger, A. Olander, J. Mugge.

As the 1996-97 season opened, the target on the Tigers swimmers’ backs seemed to get larger.  The Minneapolis Conference opponents began to wonder if the South team would ever lose a conference regular season meet or title.  It was the goal of Head Coach Jeff Sanders and Assistant Coach K. Moody to keep the swimmers focused and working hard so the Tigers roll would continue,

South opened the regular season against the Henry/North team.  Extremely improved, the Northside squad gave the Tigers everything they could handle.  South came away with a slim 88-82 victory.

Edison also gave the Tiger a run for their money.  The Tommies fell, but again it was only by six points, 49-43.

South had an easier time with Washburn.  The Millers fell 99-82.

This brought up the annual meet against Roosevelt.  Another close contest gave the Tigers a 79-70 win.

Southwest also gave the Tigers a big challenge, but again, South won 96-87.

In the conference triangular, South won with 147 points.  Roosevelt scored 108.  The school and results of the third team were not reported.

South participated in three non-conference invitationals.  In the Austin meet, South finished in second place.  At the Eau Claire Relays, the Tigers finished fourth.  A third place finish was where South ended up at the Woodbury meet.

South again claimed the title at the Conference Meet, amassing 629 points.  South then took on St. Paul Highland Park/St. Paul Academy in the Twin City Meet and won 97-84.

Junior Amy Bouta advanced to the State Meet for the fourth consecutive season.  For the third consecutive year, she won the 100 Yard Breaststroke.  She also took home the gold in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

This was the 12th consecutive conference title for the Tigers.  They ran their conference regular season winning streak to 61 meets.  South also won their ninth-consecutive Twin City title, and their 10th in 12 years.