The Tualatin High School girls blast Newberg to remain unbeaten on the season

by: DAN BROOD - DIVING IN -- Tualatin High School sophomore Zoe Linford gets off to a flying start in the 200 freestyle relay during Tuesday's meet.TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School girls swim team was full of energy and ready to have some fun.

Well, not only did the fired-up Tualatin girls have a good time, but they also came away with a very impressive victory.

The Timberwolves, in dominating fashion, splashed their way to a 113-53 win over Newberg in a Pacific Conference dual meet held Tuesday at the Tualatin Swim Center.

“This is great,” Tualatin sophomore Zoe Linford said at the end of the meet. “I’m kind of surprised. We beat them by just five points last year, but today we came out and kicked their butts. We were full of energy today. I’m proud of everyone.”

“Everyone stepped up,” Tualatin senior Alyssa Fuji said. “We had a lot of fun. That’s a big part of the high school season. We want to have fun and swim well for the team.”

That’s exactly what the Wolves have been doing so far this season. With Tuesday’s victory, the Tualatin girls improved their conference dual meet record to 3-0. They’re hoping that’s a good sign of things to come this season.

“We want to go for the district title,” Fuji said. “We know there’s good competition out there, but we’re hungry for it.”

“It’s going good so far,” Linford said. “Century and McMinnville have good teams. But we’re getting faster. We just need to keep the energy up.”

That didn’t seem to be a problem for the Tualatin girls on Tuesday.

Linford, in particular, seemed to be especially energetic.

“I was really pumped up for today,” she said with a smile. “Things went well in practice yesterday and I knew what I needed to do.”

What she did was set a new personal best with her winning time of 58.81 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle event.

“I was pretty excited about that,” she said.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Linford teamed with junior Kristian Kotchik, sophomore Teagan Goforth and junior Ashley Tam to pick up a victory with a mark of 1:51.87.

In the 400 freestyle relay, the team of junior Emily Breyer, Kotchik, Fuji and Linford swam to victory in a time of 4:07.69.

“Zoe really stepped up in the 100 freestyle and the relays,” Fuji said.

However, there was one race where Linford wasn’t the first to the finish — but she was OK with that.

In the 100 backstroke, Linford placed second in a time of 1:10.12. Goforth won that race in 1:08.62.

by: DAN BROOD - WINNING FORM -- Tualatin High School sophomore Teagan Goforth is on her way to getting a victory in the 100-yard backstroke event at Tuesday's meet with Newberg. Goforth also won the 200 freestyle.“Going one-two with Teagan was awesome,” Linford said. “I looked over and saw her next to me and said ‘sweet.’”

In addition to her win in the 100 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay victory, Goforth also picked up a win in the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:08.43. She made it a four-win day by teaming with Tam, Fuji and Breyer to win the 200 medley relay with a mark of 2:05.53.

Fuji also had a four-win day. In addition to her relay victories, the senior also triumphed in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:28.42 and she had a winning mark of 5:47.37 in the 500 freestyle.

“I had an OK day,” Fuji said.

Kotchik and Tam each had an individual victory to go with their relay wins. Kotchik placed first in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:06.03. Tam swam to a win in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.45.

Breyer sprinted to second place in the 50 freestyle in 28.70 and she was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:59.64.

Also placing second for the Tualatin girls at the meet were Kotchik in the 200 freestyle, Tam in the 200 individual medley and Emily Hoyle in the 100 breaststroke.

The young Tualatin boys team fell 131-39 to the Newberg boys, who remained unbeaten on the season, moving to 3-0.

The Timberwolves didn’t have any victories during the meet, but they still had some strong performances.

The Tualatin team of Jake Calder, Forrest Lofgren, Owen Clark and Andrew Arizala took second place in the 200 medley in 1:59.78.

Clark was third in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.57 and he took third place in the 500 freestyle in 5:19.36. Arizala took third place in the 100 butterfly in 1:07.16 and he sprinted to third place in the 50 freestyle in 25.26.

Noah Frank swam to third place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.56. The team of Calder, Lofgren, Frank and Arizala placed third in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:42.45.

The Tualatin teams will be back in action Tuesday when they host McMinnville in a conference dual meet set to start at 4 p.m. at the Tualatin Swim Center.

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