The Timberwolf boys are looking to rebuild this season

by: DAN BROOD - STRONG AT STATE -- Tualatin junior Alyssa Fuji has placed high at the Class 6A state meet in each of the past two seasons.TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School girls swim team looks to have plenty of depth.

The Timberwolves also look to have plenty of speed to go with that depth.

That’s probably why the Wolves have high hopes as the 2012-2013 season continues.

“We have a pretty deep team,” Tualatin coach Jeanine Serrano said. “Our second and third swimmer in each event is pretty strong. And that will help in dual meets and at district.”

The Tualatin girls have a strong group of returnees from last year’s team that won both the Pacific Conference dual meet title (at 7-0) and the district meet crown.

Among those returnees is junior Alyssa Fuji. Last year, Fuji won the district championship in the 500-yard freestyle and she went on to place second in that race at the Class 6A state championships. She also won a state title in that race as a freshman.

Senior Madison Goforth returns and will swim in the breaststroke and the sprint freestyle events. Last year, she was second at the district meet in the 100 breaststroke.

Senior Christine Ho is another key returnee for the Wolves. She’ll compete in the sprint freestyle and backstroke events. She was third in the 100 freestyle at district a year ago.

Sophomore Ashley Tam returns in the breaststroke. She placed fourth in that event at district last year.

Sophomore Kristian Kotchik returns in the butterfly and the middle distance freestyle events. She was seventh in the butterfly at district a year ago.

Tualatin returns two other district placers in sophomore freestylers Emily Breyer and Sanjana Saravanan.

Among the key newcomers for the Tualatin girls are freshman Teagan Goforth, who will swim in the backstroke and “whatever else,” Serrano said.

Another freshman, Zoe Linford, will compete in the sprint freestyles.

Serrano sees Newberg as being the Wolves’ top competitor in the Pacific Conference this season.

The Tualatin girls scored a win in a dual meet at McMinnville on Tuesday to move to 4-0 in league meets so far this season.

The Tualatin boys will have a bunch of new swimmers in the pool after graduating a strong group of competitors from last year’s team that went 6-1 in league dual meets.

“We’re in a building mode,” Serrano said.

The top returner for the Tualatin boys looks to be senior John Cameron, who will swim in the distance freestyle events. Last year, Cameron took fifth place in the 500 freestyle at the district meet.

Junior returnee Andrew Arizala will compete in the butterfly and freestyle events.

Sophomore Adam Winkler will swim in the backstroke and junior Forrest Lofgren will swim in a utility role.

Freshman Owen Clark will swim in the butterfly and freestyle races. Another freshman, Adam Janetsky will be another utility swimmer for the Wolves.

The Tualatin boys lost at McMinnville on Tuesday to move to 0-4 in league meets, but they should improve as the season goes on.

“We’re looking to move up,” Serrano said.

The Tualatin teams will be back in action next Thursday when they host Tigard in a Pacific Conference dual meet set to start at 4 p.m. at the Tualatin Swim Center.

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