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2001-2002 Season
2001-2001 Swimming Team Photo: Players’ names were not listed in the 2002 South Yearbook.

The Consecutive Championship streak was now at 16 in a row, with the Tigers swimmers going for number 17.  Head Coach Jeff Sanders had to keep his swimmers level-headed with a goal of being the best each individual could be as well as keeping the team unified.

The team opened the conference season against the combined power of the Henry/North squad.  South took home the win, 83-71.

The second meet was against the combined Edison/Roosevelt team.  Edison/Roosevelt almost pulled off an upset, losing only by six points, 83-77!

Things were even closer in the meet against Washburn.  The Tigers eked out a five point win, 81-76.

The final conference meet was against Southwest.  In what most people expected to be the toughest meet of the year, the Lakers were shocked by the Tigers, giving South their largest conference win of the season, 96-79!

South lost two non-conference meets during the season.  A 58-41 defeat at the hands of Edina and a 132-62 loss to Eau Claire, closed out the non-conference dual meet schedule.

The Tigers traveled to Austin to participate in the Austin Invitational and finished third.  South finished 9th in their own invitational.

After winning their 17th consecutive regular season title, the Tigers went after the Conference meet championship.  South won with 646 points, taking home nine of the 12 event championships.  Southwest, who finished second with 481 points, won only one event. The North/Henry squad won two events and finished third with 264 points. 

Aurora Belk won both the 100 Yard Breaststroke, with a time of 1:09.69, and the 200 Yard Individual Medley in 2:15.18.  Katy Vandam won the two longest events, the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:02.34, and the grueling 500 Yard Freestyle in 5:22.75.  Katie Morris, the 100 Yard Butterfly in 1:03.88, and Alexis Robinson, the 100 Yard Freestyle in 59.46, were the other individual winners.

Three Relays also won conference titles.  The 200 Yard Freestyle relay team of Alexis Robinson, Gabe Fidelman, Bryna Fahrner and Katy Vandam won in 1:50.92.  The 200 Yard Medley Relay team of Aurora Belk, Michi Ushio, Katie Morris and Gabe Fidelman won in  2:03.70.  The 400 yard Freestyle Relay team of Alexis Robinson, Katie Morris, Aurora Belk and Katy Vanda won in 3:54.60

The Tigers fell to Cretn-Derham Hall in the Twin City meet 105-80.