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Timberwolves take aim at a title

Swimming: The Tualatin girls, who have finished second at state the past two years, hope to take the next step
by: DAN BROOD, FLY AWAY — Tualatin High School senior Hannah Points is on her way to victory in the 100-yard butterfly event.

For Maggie Alexander, Hannah Points and the rest of the Tualatin High School girls swim team, it's been quite a ride.

Three years ago, Alexander and Points were on the Timberwolf squad that finished third in the team standings at the state meet. Two years ago, they were members of the Tualatin team that finished second to Westview at the state championships.

Last year, Alexander, Points and the rest of the Wolves placed second, again behind only Westview, at the Class 6A state meet.

It can't get much better than that.

Well, it can get a little better. And that's what the Timberwolves are hoping for this year.

Alexander and Points are hoping that maybe - just maybe - they end their senior seasons as members of the state championship team.

'Hopefully,' Points said with a smile. 'That would be great.'

'I dream about that at night,' Alexander said with a smile during the Wolves' Pacific Conference dual meet with Canby last Thursday. 'Winning a state title would be amazing.'

'Hopefully,' Points added, 'that would be great. We want to give Westview a run for their money again.'

With a strong group of returnees, as well as with some talented newcomers, the Tualatin girls look to have the potential to challenge the Wildcats for the championship this year.

'We're looking real good,' Alexander said. 'We have a strong team all around.'

The Tualatin girls showed Canby how strong they are by scoring a 112-58 win over the Cougars in the league meet held at the Canby Swim Center.

With the victory, the Wolves improved to 2-0 in league meets while moving to 6-0 on the season.

Points, Alexander and junior Jessica Medvec each won a pair of individual events for Tualatin at the meet.

Points triumphed in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1 minute, 0.65 seconds and she won the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:10.18.

Points is the defending Class 6A state champion in the 200 individual medley. She said she'll swim that event at the district meet and, also likely, the state meet this year. But she's not sure what her second individual event will be.

'I have no idea,' she said. 'I haven't swam the 500 (freestyle) at all yet this season.'

Alexander, at last Thursday's meet, sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in a time of 25.42 and she won the 100 backstroke in 1:02.05. She said that she'll likely swim the backstroke and the 200 freestyle at the postseason meets this season.

Medvec picked up a victory in the 200 freestyle race at Canby in a time of 2:03.32. She won the 100 freestyle in 55.39.

Also for the Wolves, Amy Herbst swam to victory in the 500 freestyle in 5:27.90.

The Tualatin girls also picked up wins in both the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

The team of Alexander, Points, Sarah Feil and Medvec won the 200 medley relay in 1:55.46 and the same foursome triumphed in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:43.91.

The Tualatin boys scored a 94-76 win at Canby to even their league record at 1-1.

'We lost four really good swimmers from last year,' Tualatin senior Will Dai said. 'But we're trying to keep on improving. We want to get a good spot at state.'

Dai scored a pair of individual victories for the Wolves at the meet. He won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:04.25 and he triumphed in the 50 freestyle in 22.80.

Dai, who swam the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley at district last year, is happy to get a shot at the 50 freestyle this year.

'I'm just assuming the next position in the line-up,' he said. 'I've been waiting my turn to do the 50. I like the race. It's nice to get in there and get it over with.'

Also for Tualatin, Jack Butcher picked up a win in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:06.36.

The Timberwolf team of Nick Kish, Chet Schuster, Sahsa Chedygov and Dai won the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:36.42.

The Tualatin teams will be back in action today (Thursday) when they host Tigard in a Pacific Conference dual meet starting at 4 p.m. at the Tualatin Swim Center.