Cheering drives Tualatin swim squads
TUALATIN — Members of the Tualatin High School boys and girls swim teams may not have won every race against Lakeridge, but there sure seems to be one area where the Timberwolves just can't be topped.
That would be team spirit.
With their loud cheering, and team support, the Tualatin squads turned in strong performances when they faced the Pacers in a Three Rivers League dual meet held at the Tualatin Swim Center last Thursday.
"The cheering makes it so fun, it gets all of us girls hyped for all the events, and it gets our adrenaline going," Tualatin junior Britney Muralt said.
"It's so nice being supported," Tualatin junior Abbi Karsseboom said. "When someone is cheering for you, you go faster because you say, 'man, I've got to go because they're all watching.'"
"It's always fun when people are cheering for each other," Tualatin senior Thomas Goforth said. "It makes for great team spirit."
The Tualatin girls were edged 88-82 by Lakeridge at last week's meet. The loss gives the Timberwolves a league record of 0-1-1, while Lakeridge improved to 1-1.
"We've only had two meets, and it's gone pretty well," Muralt said. "We're really happy with how we swam today. The girls and boys all did an amazing job."
The Tualatin girls had five first-place finishes at last week's meet, with two of those wins coming in the relays. In the 200-yard freestyle relay event, the Timberwolf team of sophomore Izzy Ehmig, freshman Erika Farring, junior Taylor Cockrell and Karsseboom picked up a victory in a time of 1 minute, 47.99 seconds. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Tualatin combination of Karsseboom, Farring, Cockrell and Muralt had a winning time of 3:56.86.
"The 200 and the 400 were good," Karsseboom said. "The 400 was really good. We were all hyped and ready to go. We just got up on the blocks and brought our 'A' game and went fast. It was a pretty good time."
Karsseboom also triumphed in the 100 butterfly with a personal-best time of 1:01.93.
"I actually got a best time," she said with a smile. "I think it was just the hype my teammates gave me."
Muralt picked up a win in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:39.41.
"My 500 free, I was pretty happy with, except at the end, when my cap fell off," she said with a laugh. "Our relay, we stepped up, we really wanted the win."
The other win for the Tualatin girls came in the 100 freestyle, where Cockrell sprinted to victory in a time of 59.26.
The Tualatin boys fell 113-57 to the Pacers at last week's meet. The Wolves moved to 1-1 in league meets with the setback, while the powerful Lakeridge squad improved to 2-0.
"It went alright," Goforth said. "We could have done a little better, but I think we did a really good job as a team."
Goforth swam to victory in the 500 freestyle, where he had a time of 5:22.30.
"It was exhausting," Goforth said. "I started off fast, and kept going fast."
Still, he had to fight off a challenge from a Lakeridge swimmer to get the win.
"On my turn, I saw him catching up to me, so I starting kicking and was able to break away," Goforth said. "It felt awesome."
Tualatin senior Brendan Ehmig ended up finishing in second place in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:24.86.
Timberwolf senior Connor Florey had a pair of wins at the meet. Florey took first place in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.91 and he had a winning time of 1:03.36 in the 100 breaststroke.
Tualatin senior Ryan Janetsky was second in the 200 individual medley in 2:15.71.
"It was really good. We did an amazing job today," Karsseboom said.
The Tualatin girls will be back in action Thursday, when they host St. Mary's Academy in a league dual meet starting at 4 p.m.