Madison Berggren, relay team win district-meet gold

by: DAN BROOD - CELEBRATION TIME --The Tualatin High School girls 200-yard medley relay team, including junior Madison Berggren (left) begins celebrating following its victory at the start of Saturday's district meet finals. McMINNVILLE — The Tualatin High School girls swim team was looking to get off to a strong start to the finals of the Pacific Conference district championships.

Mission accomplished — in very thrilling fashion.

The Timberwolves opened the action at Saturday’s conference finals, held at the McMinnville Aquatic Center, by swimming to victory in the opening event of the day, the 200-yard medley relay.

“That was so exciting,” said Tualatin junior Madison Berggren, who teamed with fellow juniors Kristian Kotchik and Ashley Tam and sophomore Teagan Goforth to win the race in a time of 1 minute, 54.76 seconds. “We had so much energy.”

The victory in the 200 medley relay was just the start of a big day for the Tualatin squad.

“We’re having a real good meet,” Berggren said with a big smile on her face. “This is a lot of fun.”by: DAN BROOD - BACK AT IT -- Tualatin sophomore Teagan Goforth competes in the 200 individual medley at the district meet. She qualified for state in this event.

Now, the Timberwolves will be looking for more fun at the Class 6A state championships.

Each event winner at the district meet, as well as those swimmers and relay teams that meet state qualifying standards, and those who earn wild-card bids, advance to the Class 6A state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College.

“That’s going to be fun,” Berggren said. “I want everybody to have fun.”

The Wolves sure seemed to have a good time during the 200 medley relay — especially with the outcome.

“It was pretty amazing,” said Tam, who swam the breaststroke leg of the race. “It was really fun. I’m so happy.”

“It was a surprise,” said Goforth, who swam the backstroke leg. “But we were pumped up for it. We were ready to race.”

The Tualatin medley relay team went into Saturday’s finals as the No. 4 seed.

“I thought that we’d get third, or so,” said Kotchik, who swam the butterfly leg. “So first is pretty good. We were pretty excited.”

“We weren’t expecting it,” Goforth said. “But we all went as fast as we could.”

The relay team now wants to go even quicker at the state meet.

“I think we can go a little faster,” Tam said.

“I hope we do well,” Kotchik said. “I think we will. I hope we have fun and do our best.”

Berggren, a star player for the Tualatin girls water polo team that won the state championship back in the fall, also picked up her first-ever individual district title, as she sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.16.

Century junior Logan Neal was right behind in second at 24.34.

“Logan and I went back and forth,” Berggren said. “I love to compete.”

by: DAN BROOD - FOR THE TEAM -- Tualatin junior Ashley Tam helped the Timberwolves get a win in the 200-yard medley relay.But, at the end, it was Berggren touching the wall first in a personal-best time.

“Oh my gosh,” she said. “I was just so happy.”

Berggren will also be going to the state meet in the 100 freestyle, as her second-place time of 53.38 bettered the state-qualifying standard.

“I haven’t been there before,” Berggren said of the state meet. “I hope to get on the podium.”

Berggren will be competing at the state meet in yet another event, as she teamed with Goforth, sophomore Zoe Linford and junior Emily Breyer to finish third in the 200 freestyle relay with a state qualifying time of 1:43.20.

Goforth will also be going to the state meet in a pair of events. She qualified in the 200 individual medley with her second-place mark of 2:12.66 and she also advanced in the 100 backstroke, where she had a third-place time of 1:00.68.

Tualatin senior Alyssa Fuji earned a state bid with her third-place time of 5:21.24. Also in that race, Breyer qualified for state with her fourth-place time of 5:30.07.

The Tualatin girls finished in second place in the team standings at the district meet with a score of 315 points. McMinnville claimed first place with a mark of 413.

The Tualatin boys finished in seventh place in the team standings at the district meet with a score of 155.

by: DAN BROOD - SENIOR STAR -- Tualatin senior Alyssa Fuji qualified for state in the 500-yard freestyle race.Leading the way for the Timberwolf boys at district was sophomore Owen Clark, who placed sixth in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:10.55 and seventh in the 200 freestyle at 1:55.28.

Tualatin junior Adam Winkler was eighth in the 100 butterfly at 1:02.63.

The McMinnville boys won the boys district meet team title.

Action at the Class 6A state meet is set to start at 1:45 p.m. Saturday’s championship finals are slated to start at 1 p.m.

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