Frosh Kyle Miller earns a pair of berths to state meet

by: DAN BROOD - UP FOR AIR -- Tigard freshman Kyle Miller takes a breath during the 500-yard freestyle event at the Pacific Conference district championships. Miller advanced to the state meet in two events. McMINNVILLE — The Tigard High School swim teams may be young, but those youthful squads seemed to step up at the Pacific Conference District Championships.

And the Tigers also showed that they might be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

The Tigard teams provided some optimism for the future as they turned in some strong marks at the district meet, held Friday and Saturday at the McMinnville Aquatic Center.

“I’m real happy,” Tigard sophomore Caleb Torgerson said after he set a personal-best time in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle event.

Tigard freshman Kyle Miller, competing in his first Pacific Conference district meet, also had reasons to be happy, as he qualified to compete in the Class 6A State Championships in a pair of individual events.

First, Miller qualified for state in the 200 freestyle event. He finished second in that race at the district meet with a time of 1 minute, 49.26 seconds, which was good enough to earn him a wild card bid to state in that event.

Later at the district meet, Miller placed a close second in the 500 freestyle.

His time of 4:52.79 in that race bettered the state-qualifying standard, giving him an automatic bid to state in that event.

In the 500 freestyle at district, Miller and Forest Grove senior Charles Morse swam virtually side-by-side nearly the entire way. Morse ended up getting the nod at the end, winning in 4:52.44.

Miller is the No. 5 seed in the 500 freestyle going into the state championships, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College.

Torgerson had his highlight in the 100 freestyle, where he finished in third place with a mark of 51.03, which bettered his personal time by a second.

“I tried to go out stronger and keep up with everyone,” Torgerson said.

Newberg junior Corbin Day won the 100 freestyle in 50.26 and Century junior Josh Galbraith was second at 50.65.

Torgerson also finished fourth in the 50 freestyle in 23.77.

Miller and Torgerson also teamed with senior Elliott Branen and freshman Jonathan Irving to finish sixth in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:40.62.

Freshman Molly Davis led the way for the Tigard girls at the district meet. Davis finished in third place in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:18.43 and she swam to seventh place in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.89.

Tigard freshman Sage Wagehaupt took seventh place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.35.

In the 200 medley relay, Davis and Wagehaupt teamed with sophomore Liz Irving and junior Kayla Wagenhofer to finish in seventh place in 2:04.78.

In the 400 freestyle relay, the Tigard team of Davis, Wagehaupt, junior Amanda Li and freshman Megan Ellis took sixth place with a mark of 4:10.64.

Ellis Wagenhofer, Li and sophomore Angela Shiau took sixth place in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:54.36.

The Tigard girls finished in sixth place in the team standings at the district meet with 138.5 points. The Tigers finished in seventh place in the boys team standings with 153 points.

The Tualatin girls and the McMinnville boys won the district meet team titles.

Action at the Class 6A state meet is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

On Saturday, the championship finals are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

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