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Tigers splash off to a strong start

The Tigard swim teams both compete strong in the meet at Beaverton
by: DAN BROOD, WINNING FORM — Tigard senior Louis Rogers is on his way to victory in the 200-yard freestyle.

BEAVERTON - It was a good start.

And, the Tigers hope, a sign of good things to come.

Both Tigard High swim teams turned in strong performances in their season-opening contests last Thursday at Beaverton.

'We're having a nice start,' Louis Rogers, one of only two seniors on the Tigard boys team, said during the meet. 'We're looking real strong. We've got some new additions. We're building on what we did last year.'

The Tigard boys were edged 87-83 by Beaverton in the non-league dual meet held at the Beaverton Swim Center. The Tigard girls rolled to a 114-44 win over Beaverton.

'We're looking pretty good,' said Tigard junior Ali Davis, who also recently finished up a strong girls cross country season at Tigard. 'I think we're going to have a lot of fun this season.'

Davis helped the Tigers pick up their season-opening win as she triumphed in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1 minute, 11.50 seconds. She also swam to second place in 200 individual medley with a mark of 2:38.75.

'That was a good time for me,' she said. 'It was close to my PR (personal record).'

Courtney Darr, Kelsey Darr and Stephanie Griggs each had a pair of individual wins for the Tigard girls.

Courtney Darr, a freshman won the 200 freestyle in 2:16.75 and she had a winning time of 5:58.12 in the 500 freestyle.

Kelsey Darr, a junior, triumphed in the 200 individual medley in 2:31.96 and she won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:21.55. Griggs sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 28.25 and she had a winning mark of 1:09.78 in the 100 butterfly.

Tigard junior Janae Winden added another win for the Tiger girls as she triumphed in the 100 freestyle in 1:04.21.

The Tigard girls also won all three relay races. The team of Davis, Kelsey Darr, Griggs and Winden had a winning time of 2:08.53 in the 200 medley relay.

Darr, Amy Liu, Alyssa Zakrzewski and Emily Skach teamed to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:57.43. Winden Griggs, Emma Beringer and Kelsey Darr combined to win the 400 freestyle relay in 4:20.34.

For the Tigard boys, Rogers and sophomore Alex MacLean each had a pair of individual victories. Rogers triumphed in the 200 freestyle in 2:03.25 and he had a winning time of 1:03.0 in the 100 backstroke.

'I'm hoping for a big senior year,' Rogers said.

MacLean turned in a winning time of 2:17.56 in the 200 individual medley and he won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.32.

Also for the Tigard boys, Tate Wegehaupt won the 100 breaststroke with a mark of. 1:09.59.

The Tigers also picked up victories in two of the three relay events. Rogers, Wagehaupt, MacLean and Tim Engvall won the 200 medley relay in 1:51.93. and they also won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:49.96.

'It's a non-league meet, so there's not as much pressure,' Rogers said. 'But it's still a good meet. It's nice to see some different competition.'