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Forest Grove girls swim team takes all but one event against the Tigers to move to 1-3

NEWBERG — As it turns out, the Forest Grove girls swim team is a pretty speedy bunch when everyone is available.

Earlier in the season, several Vikings missed meets — primarily due to illness — and that hurt the team’s bottom line. But with everyone on hand Thursday against Newberg, Forest Grove racked up 10 first-place finishes, three seconds and six thirds to pick up a 102-67 victory against the Tigers at the Chehalem Aquatic Center.

That win was the first of the season for the team, which moved to 1-3. The boys, who fell 139-39, dropped to 0-4.

“It feels really good, as expected a win would,” Forest Grove coach Tabor Waterstreet said about the girls’ victory. “We finally got all of our girls here, which we haven’t had at all this season. Had we had all the girls, I think we could have had a couple more wins by now, but it feels good to finally get them all here and prove we can actually win.”

Alondra Martinez, Oriene Shiel and Prudence Rooker breezed to two individual victories apiece and swam on the Vikings’ winning freestyle relay teams. Rachael VanLoo picked up a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, and Chloe Janko led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 individual medley.

In the 100 butterfly, Martinez won by more than 10 seconds in a time of 1 minute, 5.39 seconds. She also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.57.

Shiel bested all comers in the 50 free in a quick 26.11, and she finished almost 20 seconds ahead of the field in the 100 backstroke (1:09.52).

In the middle of the meet, Rooker cruised in the back-to-back 100 and 500 free races. She took the sprint in 55.21, with VanLoo second in 1:03.04. The Liberty-bound senior’s 500 time (5:14.50) was more than a minute faster than that of the next finisher.

“I felt pretty good. It was probably my best swims this season,” said Rooker, the reigning Class 6A 100 breast state champion. “I was pretty tired on all of them, but I just tried to give it my best shot.”

In the third varsity race of the day, Janko (2:44.53) led Jensen Borrego (2:44.53) and Jessica Bohms (2:47.67) to a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 IM that gave the Vikings their first lead of the afternoon and one they would not relinquish.

Just prior, VanLoo won the 200 free in 2:15.18. She swam the third leg on both free relays, teaming with Rooker, Martinez, and Shiel to win the 200 free relay in 1:47.45 and the 400 free relay in 3:56.90.

“All-around, I’m stoked,” Waterstreet said. “They did great. It was a good meet.”

A trio of Vikings boys recorded second-place efforts against the Tigers. Trevor McGougan did so in the 200 free (2:05.40). Erik Myers was second in the 500 free (5:43.54) and Jake Alton was the runner-up in the 100 back (1:06.66). McGougan, Alton and Myers teamed with Jon Faris to cap the meet with a close second place in the 400 free relay (3:40.82).

Forest Grove resumed competition Tuesday, when it hosted Century. Results were not available at press deadline. The Vikings are off until Jan. 30, when they visit Tigard.

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