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Viking swimmers topple Tualatin

SWIMMING: Forest Grove secures its first-ever win over perennial powerhouse Tualatin

Looking back at the 2007 OSAA State Swimming Championship results, the Tualatin Timberwolves line the pages with individual athletes and relay teams in the top six of nearly every boys event.

Last Tuesday, Forest Grove traveled to Tualatin and beat the illustrious Timberwolves in their own pool.

Forest Grove held the lead from the first relay event to the last, beating Tualatin for the first time ever.

The final score: 90-79.

It all started with the first event - the 200-yard medley relay - where Jon Rooker, Patrick Rawson, Jake Cockeram and Steven Rawson beat a stacked Timberwolves relay team by a second and a half, clocking in at 1:47.02.

Jon Rooker (1:51.15) and sophomore Josh Sandage (2:00.91) kept the Vikings in the lead by taking first and fourth places, respectively, in the 200 freestyle.

Holding a slim two-point lead at 16-14, junior Daniel Rooker (2:01.91) and Steven Rawson (2:18.42) gave the Vikings a boost with a first- and third-place finish in the 200 individual medley to increase the Forest Grove lead to 25-21.

A close finish in the 50-yard freestyle cut the Vikings' lead to just one point at 31-30, despite a second-place finish by senior Nick Wallace in 24.42 seconds.

Cockeram (55.21) and Steven Rawson (58.73) gave Forest Grove a one-two punch in the 100 butterfly to push the lead to 41-36 halfway through the meet.

Second- and third-place finishes by Wallace (53.44) and senior Nate Alton (56.73) in the 100 freestyle held the lead.

Tualatin came on strong in the 500 freestyle, taking second, third and fourth place to narrow the gap to 56-53. That event was highlighted by Daniel Rooker's first place finish at 4:56.98, just two seconds off the state qualifying time.

The Vikings continued to fight back in the 200 free relay, where they took first and third to increase their lead to 66-57.

Taking first was the team of Wallace, Patrick Rawson, Steven Rawson and Daniel Rooker, while third place was captured by Sandage, junior Zack Cox, freshman Ian Harwood and sophomore Ethan Alton.

Another one-two punch - this time from Cockeram (1:01.99) and Nate Alton (1:06.47) - in the 100 backstroke took the Vikings' lead to double digits for the first time, 76-63, with just two events to go.

Daniel Rooker (1:03.91) and Sandage (1:09.90) took second and fourth in the 100 breaststroke to hold the lead for Forest Grove.

Even though Tualatin took second, third and fourth in the 400 free relay - the final event of the meet - the Vikings' first place finish by the team of Wallace, Jon Rooker, Cockeram and Daniel Rooker was enough for Forest Grove to hold on and win the meet.

The Vikings' next meet is one of just two remaining home meets, on Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. against Tigard.