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For rival swim squads it's all in good fun

Swimming: The Tualatin teams come up on top in the meet between the friendly rivals
by: DAN BROOD, NICE RACE — Tigard High School junior Melissa Myers (left) and Tualatin senior Hannah Points congratulate each other following the 100-yard breaststroke race at last week’s Pacific Conference dual meet.

TUALATIN - Fun.

Friendship.

Competition.

And some fast swims.

Like usual, the Tigard-Tualatin dual meet had it all.

'I look forward to this meet every year,' said Tigard High School junior Melissa Myers as she stood next to Tualatin senior Hannah Points. 'It's always a lot of fun.'

'It's fun, and the competition is still there,' Points added. 'It's always exciting.'

The Tualatin girls scored a 122-51 win over their friendly rivals from Tigard. The victory gives the Timberwolf girls a 3-0 record in Pacific Conference dual meets, keeping them tied with McMinnville for first place in the league standings.

The Tigard girls moved to 1-2 in league meets with the setback.

The Tualatin boys made it a sweep for the Wolves as they scored a 105-64 win over the Tigers. The win gives Tualatin a 2-1 league record while the Tigard boys dropped to 0-3 in league meets.

But scores and standings didn't seem to matter all that much at the meet held last Thursday at the Tualatin Swim Center.

'It's a very fun meet,' Tigard sophomore Tate Wegehaupt said. 'Tigard-Tualatin is just friendly competition.'

For Myers and Points, who are both members of the Tigard Tualatin Swim Club, the meet gives them a chance to go from being teammates to competitors - all the while remaining friends.

'I have to see her twice a day,' Myers said, smiling at Points, before rephrasing, 'I mean, I get to see her twice a day. It's all really fun. We trade caps the day of the meet.'

When Myers swam in the 500-yard freestyle event, Points held the lap-counting board for her. Not too much later, Points and Myers were racing side-by-side in the 100 breaststroke event.

'It's all just fun,' Points said.

Points triumphed in the breaststroke, winning the race in a time of 1 minute, 9.82 seconds. Timberwolf freshman Sarah Feil was second with a mark of 1:10.42 and Myers took third at 1:10.63.

The victory was part of a big day for Points. She won the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:10.44 and she also was a part of two victorious Timberwolf relay teams.

Points combined with senior Maggie Alexander, Feil and junior Jessica Medvec to win the 200 medley relay in 1:52.52. The same foursome had a winning time of 3:48.42 in the 400 freestyle relay.

The Tualatin girls made it a sweep in the relays as the team of Amy Herbst, Alysha Recore, Lainee Perala and Emily Lobbato triumphed in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:48.55.

Alexander and Medvec, like Points, also had a pair of individual victories.

Alexander won the 200 freestyle in 2:02.69 and she triumphed in the 500 freestyle in 5:11.73. Medvec won the 50 freestyle in 25.75 and she had a winning time of 55.97 in the 100 freestyle.

Perala picked up a win in the 100 butterfly with her mark of 1:05.90.

For the Tigard girls, senior Emily Skach triumphed in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:07.49.

In addition to her third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, Myers placed second behind Alexander in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:13.94.

Also for the Tigers, junior Stephanie Griggs was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.91.

Wegehaupt had a big day for the Tigard boys. He won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:54.92 and he picked up a victory in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.04.

'My time was pretty good,' Wegehaupt said of the 200 freestyle, where he edged Tualatin's Jack Butcher, who was second with a mark of 1:56.76. 'I just wanted to beat him.'

But, for the Tigard sophomore, his main even is the breaststroke, which is an event in which he's looking for big things in the future.

'I want to beat the district record,' he said. 'And getting to state is a big goal. I think I can do it.'

Junior Alex MacLean also had a pair of individual wins for the Tigard boys. He won the 200 individual medley in 2:13.36 and he had a winning mark of 59.48 in the 100 backstroke.

The Tualatin boys found their biggest success at last week's meet in the relay events as they took the top spot in all three races.

The Timberwolf team of Butcher, Will Dai, Sasha Chedygov and Chet Schuster won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.59. Schuster, Nick Kish, Chedygov and Dai teamed to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:36.24 and the team of Butcher, John Wirtz, Ian Harrison and Kish had a winning time of 3:42.73 in the 400 freestyle relay.

In addition, Dai won the 50 freestyle in 23.25, Chedygov triumphed in the 100 butterfly in 59.34, Kish sprinted to victory in the 100 freestyle in 53.42 and Butcher won the 500 freestyle in 5:11.29.

'This is always a fun meet,' Schuster said. 'It's special. Everyone knows each other and it's always competitive. You want to get bragging rights.'

Tigard and Tualatin will both be back in action today (Thursday). The Wolves will be home to face Newberg at 4 p.m. and Tigard swims at Canby starting at 4:30 p.m.