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Aloha snaps a 30-meet league losing streak that dated back to 2007

by: MILES VANCE - TOPS IN IM - Aloha's Hannah Vinkemulder races to victory in the 200-yard individual medley during her team's 106-64 win over Beaverton at Beaverton Swim Center on Jan. 24.

BEAVERTON — There may be just one meet left in the regular season, but it was another “one” that got the attention of the Aloha girls swim team last week.

The Warriors knocked off Beaverton 102-64 at Beaverton Swim Center on Jan. 24 to give Aloha a very important “one” — its first Metro League win of the season, its first league win since beating Beaverton back on Dec. 18 of 2007, and a win that ended a 30-meet league losing streak. The victory lifted Aloha’s Metro League record to 1-4 while the Beavers dropped to 0-5.

“The girls had a wonderful meet,” said Aloha coach Lisa Leslie. “There were bright spots all through the meet. We saw swimmers dropping seconds in all events.”

The Beavers, meanwhile, swam without two of their frontline regulars, but still found bright spots in the day’s results.

“In spite of that, I was very proud of the way the girls swam,” said Beaverton coach Judy Rusaw “Several (swimmers) had best times ... and we had some close races, which was great for both teams.”by: MILES VANCE - HEADS UP - Beaverton's Ingrid Erickson makes waves while swimming to second place in the 200 IM against Aloha last week.

While Aloha hadn’t won in Metro action for a very long time, they owned last week’s meet like they’d been in the winner’s bracket every week. The Warriors placed first in 10 of the day’s 11 events, including a sweep of all three relays, and got two individual wins each from Mackenzie Torres, Hannah Vinkemulder and Grace Lee.

Torres did her damage in the 200-yard freestyle and 500 freestyle, winning the 200 free with a time of 2 minutes, 28.67 seconds (with teammate Christina Budiselic second at 2:32.59), and coming back to take the 500 free at 6:51.37 (there with Beaverton’s Cienna Wall second at 6:54.53).

Vinkemulder did her part in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, taking top honors in the IM with a mark of 2:41.71 (with Beaverton’s Ingrid Erickson second at 2:21.99) and later topping the breaststroke at 1:20.71 (with Erickson second again at 1:29.78).

And Lee broke through in the sprints, setting the pace in the 50 freestyle with a time of 27.51 (Beaverton’s Kaitlyn Wright was second at 28.75, then winning the 100 free at 1:05.78 (this time with Beaverton’s Tamara Rutherford second at 1:10.20).

Torres “is finding new strengths each week (and) ... she has proven she can more than handle the task,” Leslie said, adding that Lee “is moving closer and closer on her (sprints) toward a great finish in the district meet,” while Vinkemulder “is really getting more aggressive and swimming for the win in each” of her events.

In the relays, Aloha’s Lee, Torres, Vinkemulder and Sara Emerick won the 200 medley relay at 2:13.47, Vinkemulder, Emerick, Ariana Gaspar and Lee took the 200 free relay at 1:58.50, and Budiselic, Emerick, Gaspar and Torres teamed to win the 400 freestyle relay at 4:40.42.

The Beavers’ lone victory on the day came from Wright in the 100 butterfly, where she posted a 1:13.73 to win (Aloha’s Ashley Martinez took second in the fly at 1:35.94).

Despite their lack of victories, the Beavers battled throughout the meet, finishing second in nine of the 11 events and third in another five. Erickson took second in both her individual events, the 200 IM and the breaststroke.

“Aloha did really well,” Rusaw added. “Our goal all season long has been to qualify as many swimmers as possible for consols and finals at districts. As a result, we hope that Beaverton will be represented at the state meet. This will continue to be our focus for the remaining portion of the season.”

In upcoming meets, the Beavers close out the regular season with a meet at Sunset at 4 p.m. today (Thursday), while the Warriors host Westview at 4 p.m. today.

To see a complete photo gallery from this meet, please visit milesvance.exposuremanager.com.

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