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Tualatin girls keep swimming strong

The Wolves remain unbeaten in league with win over Tigard


by: DAN BROOD - SPLASHING SUCCESS -- Tualatin High School junior Alyssa Fuji is on her way to victory in the 200-yard freestyle event during the Wolves' meet with Tigard. Fuji also won the 500 freestyle. TUALATIN — There are some new faces in the pool for the Tualatin High School girls swim team this season.

But some things are still the same.

The Timberwolves are still strong, they’re talented, they’re deep and they’re still having a lot of fun.

The Tualatin girls showed their skill, and their penchant for fun last Thursday as they scored a 122-47 win over their friendly rivals from Tigard in a Pacific Conference dual meet held at the Tualatin Swim Center.

“We love this meet,” Tualatin junior Alyssa Fuji said during the event. “It’s a good rivalry. It’s definitely friendly. We all have people we know on the other team, but you have to beat your rivals.”

The Wolves have not only beaten their rivals from Tigard this season, but they’ve also downed every other Pacific Conference squad that they’ve faced.

With last Thursday’s victory, the Tualatin girls improved their league-leading Pacific Conference record to 5-0 at that point.

“We have a lot of new swimmers,” Fuji said. “There’s a lot of freshmen and sophomores, but they’re strong swimmers and they’re stepping up. I’m definitely having fun.”

Fuji, and her Tualatin teammates, sure seemed to step up during last week’s meet with Tigard.

Fuji, who placed second in the 500-yard freestyle event at last year’s Class 6A state championships, was a four-time winner at last week’s meet.

In individual competition, Fuji won the 200 freestyle in a time of 2 minutes, 6.86 seconds and she triumphed in the 500 freestyle in 5:30.82.

“I had OK races,” Fuji said. “Hopefully, I’ll be ready for district.”

Fuji was also a part of two winning relay teams at last week’s meet.

In the 200 medley relay, she teamed with freshman Teagan Goforth, sophomore Ashley Tam and senior Christine Ho to pick up a win in a time of 2:01.42.

In the 400 freestyle relay, the Tualatin team of Fuji, sophomore Kristian Kotchik, sophomore Emily Breyer and junior Sanjana Saravanan had a winning mark of 4:13.77.

The Tualatin girls also triumphed in the 200 freestyle relay. In that race, the Timberwolf team of Teagan Goforth, freshman Zoe Linford, Ho and senior Madison Goforth won in a time of 1:54.11.

Teagan Goforth and Linford also each had a pair of individual victories.

Goforth triumphed in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:24.45 and she had a winning mark of 1:03.03 in the 100 backstroke.

Linford sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 27.40 and she picked up a win in the 100 freestyle in 58.98.

Also for the Tualatin girls, Tam won the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:13.31.

Kotchik placed second in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. Breyer placed second in the 200 freestyle. Madison Goforth was second in both the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, Ho was second in the 100 freestyle and Saravanan was second in the 500 freestyle

The Tigard girls, who moved to 2-3 in league duals, also had some strong swims at the meet.

Tiger freshman Molly Davis won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.20 and she took second place in the 100 backstroke at 1:05.07.

Davis also teamed with freshman Sage Wagehaupt, junior Andrea Patru and junior Kayla Wagenhofer to take second place in the 200 medley relay in 2:06.05.

In the 400 freestyle relay, the Tigard team of freshman Megan Ellis, Wagenhofer, Wagehaupt and Davis took second with a mark of 4:14.77.

The Tualatin girls picked up another league victory on Tuesday, as they defeated Century 97-73 in a meet held at the Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center in Hillsboro.

The Tigard girls will be back in action today (Thursday) when they face Forest Grove in a league meet slated to start at 4 p.m. at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center.




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