Tualatin relay squad excels in excitement at state
For the Tualatin High School girls 200-yard medley relay team, the Class 6A state swimming championships included a bit of everything — drama, excitement, a new record, and, finally, a spot on the podium.
And the Timberwolf squad is happy about it all.
The Tualatin relay team of seniors Erika Farring, Abi Karsseboom and Britney Muralt, and junior Izzy Ehmig finished its season by placing eighth in the finals of the 200 medley relay event, held Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
"So, three of us our seniors, and this was our last high school race ever, and we were so excited," Farring said after the team received it eighth-place medals. "Oh my goodness, it's been such a wonderful year, and I couldn't have imagined it any other way."
"I think it's amazing," Karsseboom said. "It's the first time for our relay to be in the finals in awhile, and we broke our record yesterday, and we won a swim-off."
That's right, just to get to the finals the Tualatin team had to win a swim-off during Friday's preliminaries. The Wolves and Sunset, in the preliminaries, tied for the ninth, and final spot, for Saturday's finals, each with a time of 1 minute, 52.10 seconds. The teams had a swim-off for the final spot in the finals, with Tualatin winning in a school-record time of 1:51.23, besting the old mark that was standing since 2005.
"We tied for ninth, yesterday, in the 200 medley relay, and so we went out and dominated," Muralt said. "We won our swim-off, and broke our school record by .04 (seconds), and qualified for finals. We got eighth, and now we're all super pumped, and really happy."
"We were so excited yesterday," Farring said. "Our parents, on the deck, were just jumping up and down. We were screaming for about five minutes afterward."
In Saturday's 200 medley relay finals, the Tualatin team finished in eighth place in a time of 1:51.78.
"It was a little bit slower than yesterday, but we placed, and we got a medal, so we're all really excited," Muralt said. "It's most of first time making finals at state, and the first time in the relays, so we're all super excited."
"I couldn't have done it without my amazing teammates, honestly," said Ehmig, who turned in swam the leadoff backstroke leg of the race, and got the Wolves off to a strong start. "They pushed me to be the best swimmer that I could be, and I'm just super happy with how the results turned out."
Karsseboom also competed in a pair of individual events at the state meet. She placed 13th in the preliminaries for the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:12.13, and she was 13th in the 500 freestyle preliminaries with a mark of 5:23.67.
The Tualatin girls 400 freestyle relay team of Karsseboom, Farring, senior Taylor Cockrell and Muralt finished in 16th place in the preliminaries with a mark of 3:48.95.
The Timberwolves finished in a tie for 19th place in the final team standings at the state championships with four points.
For the Tualatin boys team, three freshmen gained their first state-meet experience.
Logan Mendez placed 12th in the 500 freestyle preliminaries with a mark of 4:59.21. Ben Glasser finished in 13th place in the 100 butterfly preliminaries with a time of 54.10. Kent Pham was 18th in the 100 freestyle preliminaries at 50.17.
Jesuit won both the boys and girls Class 6A state team championships.
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