Tigard's Ben Miller swims to pair of records
TIGARD — It's probably a pretty safe assumption.
Ben Miller is ready to go for the upcoming Three Rivers League district swimming championships.
Miller, a Tigard High School junior, showed just how ready he is — in record-breaking fashion.
Miller, in the final regular-season meet of the season, broke two pool records, and he broke a Tigard High School record, when the Tigers hosted rival Tualatin in a Three Rivers League dual meet finale held last Thursday at the Tigard Swim Center.
"It was cool to go this fast at a high school dual meet," Miller said. "I didn't expect it. Now, I'm excited to see what I can do at district, when I'm rested."
Despite Miller's record-breaking performances, the Tigard boys fell 109-61 to the Timberwolves at Thursday's meet. With the loss, the Tiger boys finished the regular season at 0-7, while Tualatin improved to 6-0-1.
Miller set his first record of the meet in the 200-yard individual medley. He won that race in a time of 1 minute, 56.92 seconds. That bested the old Tigard Swim Center pool record of 1:57.12 — held by Miller's older brother, and Tigard graduate, Kyle Miller.
"I might have to talk to him a little bit," Ben Miller said with a laugh. "But I know how hard he worked to get that record, and it's good that it's staying in the family."
Later in the meet, Miller won the 100 butterfly in a time of 50.26. That not only bettered the Tigard Swim Center pool record, but it also broke his own school record of 50.38, which he set while swimming to third place at last year's Class 6A state championships.
"That has me really looking forward to district and state," Miller said.
Miller will be swimming in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly at the TRL district meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.
"Today was a good sign," Miller said with a smile.
Also for the Tigard boys at Thursday's meet, freshman Nathaniel Whitehead won the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:00.29. Junior Ryan Wilkinson was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.91 and junior Elijah Maher was second in the 100 backstroke in 1:13.21.
The Tigard girls battled Tualatin to an 85-85 tie at Thursday's meet. The Tigers finished the TRL dual meet season at 2-5-1, while Tualatin finished up at 4-2-2.
Junior Kaitlyn Wornath was a two-time winner for the Tigard girls at the meet. Wornath sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 26.70, and she had a winning time of 59.10 in the 100 butterfly.
Tigard junior Sahana Saravanan won the 100 freestyle in 58.06 and she was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.42.
Tiger sophomore Jessica Woolfolk had a winning mark of 1:07.86 in the 100 backstroke. Junior Catherine Frisiras was second in the 200 freestyle in 2:08.76 and freshman MacKenzie Guentert was second in the 100 backstroke in 1:11.74.
Action at the Three Rivers League district meet is set to start at 8:45 a.m. on Friday. Saturday's finals are slated to begin at 9 a.m. Each event winner at the district meet, as well as those swimmers, or relay teams, that reach state-qualifying standards, or earn wild-card bids, will advance to compete at the Class 6A state meet, which will be held Feb. 16-17 at Mt. Hood Community College.