The friendly rival Tigard and Tualatin High School squads push each other to strong swims

by: DAN BROOD - NICE RACE -- Tigard senior Kayla Wagenhofer (back) and Tualatin junior Emily Breyer congratulate each other following the finish of the 200-yard freestyle relay.TIGARD — As usual, there was plenty of fun, cheering and laughing.

But, when the friendly rivalry between the Tigard and Tualatin high school swim teams was renewed last week, there definitely seemed to be more to it than that.

In addition to all the enjoyment, there was an abundance of competition and fast times.

“It went really well,” Tualatin sophomore Teagan Goforth said at the end of the meet. “This was a lot of fun because we all know each other. And it was really nice to win.”

The Tualatin girls came away with a 97-73 victory over the Tigers at the Pacific Conference dual meet held last Thursday at the Tigard Swim Center.

The Timberwolf girls improved to 4-0-1 in conference meets with the victory, keeping them in a tie with McMinnville for first place in the league standings.

“The team is doing pretty good,” Tualatin junior Kristian Kotchik said. “We still haven’t lost yet.”

The Tigard girls moved to 3-2 in conference meets with the setback.

by: DAN BROOD - BIG DAY -- Tualatin sophomore Teagan Goforth is on her way to victory in the 200-yard individual medley. She also won the 100 backstroke and swam for two winning relay teams. “The season is going well,” Tigard sophomore Molly Davis said. “We’ve got a lot more people out this season.”

And there were a lot of people — both Tigers and Timberwolves — cheering on each other at last week’s meet.

“This meet is really fun,” Kotchik said. “I know a lot of girls from Tigard. I like hanging out with Tigard, and with my team.”

And the friendly rivals seemed to push each other to fast times.

Goforth turned in a strong performance for the Tualatin girls, as she was a four-time winner at the meet.

“This meet is definitely different,” she said. “We were really pumped up for it.”

Goforth triumphed in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 23.65 seconds. She also won the 100 backstroke with a mark of 1:04.31.

“My day was pretty good,” Goforth said. “But there’s still a lot to work on.”

In the 200 medley relay, Goforth teamed with junior Ashley Tam, Kotchik and junior Madison Berggren to pick up a win in a time of 2:02.09. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Tualatin team of senior Alyssa Fuji, junior Emily Breyer, Goforth and Berggren triumphed in 3:57.16.

Also for the Tualatin girls, sophomore Zoe Linford sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 27.21. Berggren had a winning time of 55.97 in the 100 freestyle.

Breyer edged Kotchik to win the 500 in 5:35.09 and Tam had a winning mark of 1:14.64 in the 100 breaststroke.

“We swam some different events than usual,” Kotchik said. “It was nice to try something different. This was a really fun meet.”

The Tigard girls, led by Davis, also had some strong swims during the meet.

by: DAN BROOD - FLY AWAY -- Tigard sophomore Molly Davis is on her way to winning the 100-yard butterfly event in last week's meet.Davis won the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:03.05 and she had a winning mark of 1:04.41 in the 100 butterfly.

“It was good,” Davis said. “Those times were around my best.”

Davis also teamed with sophomore Sage Wagehaupt, senior Kayla Wagenhofer and Elizabeth Soldwedel to win the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:50.08.

“That was really good. It was probably our best time of the season,” Davis said. “We hope to make it to state.”

Wagehaupt also had what looked to be a solid meet for the Tigard girls. She took second place in the 200 individual medley with a mark of 2:35.10 and she was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.76. Wagenhofer took second place in the 50 freestyle in 27.28.

The Tigard team of Davis, junior Angela Shiau, Soldwedel and Wagenhofer was second in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:04.28.

The Tigard boys continued their strong season at last week’s meet by scoring a 107-63 win over the Timberwolves.

With the victory, the Tiger boys improved to 4-1 in Pacific Conference meets. The Tualatin boys moved to 0-5 on the conference season.

Junior Caleb Torgerson and sophomore Kyle Miller both had big meets for the Tigard boys, each coming up with four wins.

Torgerson won the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:15.57 and he triumphed in the 100 butterfly in 58.83.

Miller won the 200 freestyle with a mark of 2:01.12 and he had a winning time of 4:59.09 in the 500 freestyle.

In the 200 medley relay, Torgerson and Miller teamed with junior Jacob Morris and freshman Noah Torgerson to get a win in 1:51.12.

In the 400 freestyle relay, the Tiger team of Miller, senior Jonathan Yau, Morris and Caleb Torgerson was victorious is 3:39.89.

Morris also picked up a pair of individual wins. He triumphed in the 50 freestyle in 23.65 and he won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.52.

by: DAN BROOD - WINNING FORM -- Tigard High School sophomore Kyle Miller is on his way to getting a win in the 500-yard freestyle event. Yau sprinted to victory in the 100 freestyle in 56.13. In the 200 freestyle relay, the Tigard team of sophomore Sam Larson, sophomore Chasen Callahan, Noah Torgerson and Yau had a winning time of 1:44.37.

For the Tualatin boys, senior Forrest Lofgren picked up a win in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:15.63. He also took second place in the 500 freestyle in 5:48.62.

Timberwolf senior Andrew Arizala was second in both the 50 freestyle, in 24.30, and the 100 butterfly, in 1:04.21.

The Tigard and Tualatin squads will both be back in action today (Thursday). The Tigers will be home to face Forest Grove and the Tualatin squads will host Century. Both of those meets are slated to start at 4 p.m.

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