The Tualatin boys edge Tigard to get the league victory

by: DAN BROOD - WINNER -- Tualatin senior John Cameron is on his way to victory in the 100-yard butterfly. TUALATIN — Sure, it was sociable.

Everyone seemed to be friendly.

But, it’s still a rivalry. The competitive spirit certainly was there. And, with all that in mind, the youthful Tigard and Tualatin boys swim teams gave it all they had when they clashed last Thursday— resulting in some lively races.

“It’s a fun meet,” Tualatin senior John Cameron said. “But it’s a rivalry, like in any other sport. And we want to win.”

“This is a lot of fun, but it’s definitely a rivalry,” Tigard sophomore Caleb Torgerson said. “We’re trying harder, and everyone wants to win. This is a cool meet.”

In the end, it was the Timberwolves who got to celebrate a victory over their rivals, as they scored a 96-71 win in the Pacific Conference dual meet held at the Tualatin Swim Center.

“It was fun to come out and do what we wanted to do,” Cameron said.

With the win, the Timberwolves improved to 1-4 in league meets at that point. Tigard moved to 2-3 in Pacific Conference meets with the setback.

“We lost a lot of guys from last year, but we have a few up-and-coming freshmen,” Cameron said.

Cameron, the veteran on the Tualatin team, also was a key to the victory, as he won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1 minute, 1.29 seconds. He also teamed with sophomore Adam Winkler, freshman Owen Clark and freshman Adam Janetsky to win the 200 medley relay in 1:59.56.

In the 100 breaststroke, Cameron was edged by Tigard freshman Kyle Miller, who had a winning time of DAN BROOD - TRIUMPHANT TIGER -- Tigard sophomore Caleb Torgerson picked up a victory in the 100-yard freestyle race.

“I’ve swam with Kyle in club for a long time,” Cameron said. “That was tough.”

Janetsky had a pair of individual wins for Tualatin. He triumphed in the 200 individual medley with a mark of 2:15.28 and he had a winning time of 1:01.69 in the 100 backstroke.

Also for the Wolves, Clark won the 200 freestyle in 2:05.22 and junior Austin Arizala sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 25.64.

Tualatin also got a victory from its 200 freestyle relay team of Winkler, Clay McKean, Noah Frank and Arizala. That group combined to turn in a winning mark of 1:49.29.

Torgerson had one of four victories on the day for the Tigers, as he triumphed in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.29.

“That was a good race,” said Torgerson, who also was a close second to Janetsky in the 200 individual medley.

Miller had a pair of wins for Tigard. In addition to his victory in the 100 breaststroke, he also triumphed in the 500 freestyle.

Torgerson and Miller also teamed with senior Elliott Branen and freshman Jonathan Irving to win the 400 freestyle relay with a mark of 3:41.42.

“We’re doing good,” Torgerson said of the Tigard team. “We’re young, but we’ll get better. We’re definitely going to do better than last year.”

The Tualatin boys picked up another league victory on Tuesday, as they defeated Century 106-63 in a meet held at the Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center in Hillsboro.

The Tigard boys will be back in action today (Thursday) when they face Forest Grove in a meet starting at 4 p.m. at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center.

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