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Wildcats race toward district after rolling Aloha girls

Westview sweeps all 11 of the day's races in its '13 Metro finale


by: MILES VANCE - WILDCAT WINNER - Westview senior Michelle Cefal speeds to victory in the 100-yard backstroke during her team's Jan. 31 win over Aloha at Aloha Swim Center.

ALOHA — The Westview girls swim team is ready.

The Wildcats, looking ahead to this weekend’s Metro League district swim meet, flexed their muscles once more in the regular season, sweeping all 11 events to power past Aloha 132-36 at Aloha Swim Center on Jan. 31.

Buoyed by their success there and by hopes of more ahead — the Wildcats finished the 2013 regular season in second place at 5-1 — the Cats were excited about their prospects at district. The Metro district meet starts with preliminaries at 3 p.m. Friday at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center and continues with championship finals at 3 p.m. Saturday at T-Hills.

“I’m hoping to go (to district) and see what I can do, especially since I haven’t done the 100 fly for a while,” said Westview senior Michelle Cefal, who will swim next year at the University of Tennessee. “I’ve just started training for it again this week in practice so I’m excited for that. And the 100 backstroke will be exciting because I don’t normally swim that. I’m just looking to see where I am and prepare myself for state.”

The Wildcats showed they were ready for district, as well as the ensuing state meet, by putting together a dominant performance against Aloha, with Cefal, Tiffany Zhao and Sophia Zhou winning two individual events apiece.

Cefal took top honors in the 100-yard freestyle with a winning time of 57.79 (with teammate Cindy Chou second at 1:02.88), then came back four races later to take the 100 backstroke at 59.97 (with Aloha’s Hannah Vinkemulder second at 1:20.18).

“I was a little sore so I was trying not to push too much, but still work on some things that needed work, but I think it was OK,” Cefal said after her 100 free.

Zhou did her thing in the 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle, winning the 200 with a mark of 2:08.44 (teammate Charlene Harriswangler took second at 2:21.54), and later taking the 50 free at 26.56 (with Aloha’s Grace Lee second there at 27.45).

Zhao, meanwhile, won the 200 individual medley at 2:25.86 (Chou was second there at 2:38.42), then scored again when she won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:12.93 (with Vinkemulder second at 1:20.18).

Westview’s other winners included: Tiffany Huang in the 100 butterfly at 1:07.24 (with teammate Angelina Kostenko second at 1:09.14); Rachel Kwong in the 500 freestyle at 5:52.82 (with teammate Kendra Cheren second there at 5:55.39); the 200 medley relay team of Cefal, Zhao, Huang and Zhou at 1:54.31; the 200 free relay team of Kostenko, Kwong, Chou and Cheren at 1:52.75; and the 400 free relay team of Zhou, Huang, Zhao and Cefal at 3:57.77

Aloha, meanwhile, got runner-up finishes from Lee in the 50 freestyle and Vinkemulder in the 100 breaststroke to highlight its day. While the Warriors finished the regular season at just 1-5, that one win ended a 30-meet league losing streak that dated all the way back to 2007.by: MILES VANCE - DISTRICT READY - Aloha senior Hannah Vinkemulder races to a runner-up finish in the 100-yard breaststroke against Westview last week.

“In the girls, we had some bright spots with Grace Lee, Hannah Vinkemulder and Mackenzie Torres,” said Aloha coach Lisa Leslie. “We get stronger each week and we’ll be ready to peak at districts. I believe we are in for some great surprises.”

District event winners and any other swimmers who match or beat automatic qualifying times in their events will qualify for the coming Class 6A state meet Feb. 15-16 at Mt. Hood Community College.

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




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