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Tualatin girls grab district title

Goforth, Fuji help lead the way for the Wolves at the league meet


McMINNVILLE — They stepped up.

They showed their depth.

They had plenty of fun.

And they emerged as champions.

The Tualatin High School girls swim squad, working efficiently as a team, captured the crown at the Pacific Conference District Swim Championships, held Friday and Saturday at the McMinnville Aquatic Center.by: DAN BROOD - FAST FROSH -- Tualatin High School freshman Teagan Goforth swam to first place in the 100-yard backstroke event at the Pacific Conference district meet.

The Timberwolves, who also went 7-0 in the regular season to win the conference’s dual meet title, triumphed at the district meet with 343 points. McMinnville took second place with a score of 321.

“I’m really proud of our girls,” Tualatin junior Alyssa Fuji said during the meet. “Everyone is stepping up. Teagan (Goforth), Ashley (Tam) and Christine (Ho) all had great swims. And we’re having fun. That’s what it’s all about.”

It’s also about advancing swimmers onto the Class 6A state meet.

Each event winner at the district meet, as well as those swimmers and relay teams who meet state-qualifying standards or earn wild card bids, advance to compete at the Class 6A State Championships, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College.

Goforth, a Tualatin freshman, will be going to the state meet as a district champion.

She triumphed in the 100-yard backstroke event at Saturday’s Pacific Conference district finals in a time of 1 minute, 0.37 seconds.

“That’s really exciting,” Goforth said of winning a district title. “And I get to compete at state.”

In the 100 backstroke district finals, Goforth took the lead right from the start, and she kept it the rest of the way, finishing nearly a second and a half ahead of the second-place finisher, Yuliya Lunina of Century.

“I tried to go out fast and stay ahead,” Goforth said.

Her time for the race was her second fastest ever for the event. Now, she’s looking to better that mark at the state meet.

“I hope to do well,” she said. “I’d like to beat a minute and get to the finals.”

Goforth will also be competing in the 200 individual medley at state. She finished second in that event at the district meet with a time of 2:16.23, which was good enough to garner her a wild-card bid to state.

Fuji also will be competing in a pair of individual events at the Class 6A state meet.

She finished second in the 500 freestyle at the district meet with a time of 5:14.18, which was good enough to get her a wild-card berth to state in that event.by: DAN BROOD - STATE BOUND -- Tualatin HIgh School junior Alyssa Fuji is on her way to a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle event at district.

“I was happy with that,” Fuji said. “I was hoping to get a little closer to 5:10, but it was an honor to swim next to (Century sophomore) Ellie (Thornbrue, who won the race in 5:01.46). She’s such a good swimmer. It was fun.”

Fuji also earned a wild-card berth to the state in the 200 freestyle. She placed third in that race at district with a time of 2:00.18.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Fuji said of the state meet. “We’ll see if I can drop my times.”

Fuji and Goforth are also part of a pair of Tualatin relay teams that shined at district and earned state-meet berths.

In the 200 medley relay, the Tualatin team of Goforth, Tam, who is a sophomore, Fuji and freshman Zoe Linford finished in fourth place in a time of 1:58.29.

In the 400 freestyle relay, the Timberwolf combination of sophomore Kristian Kotchik, Fuji, Ho, who is a senior, and Goforth finished in third place with a mark of 3:46.72.

Also for the Tualatin girls at district, Tam finished in third place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.59 and she was seventh in the 200 individual medley in 2:24.43.

Ho placed sixth in the 100 freestyle in 57.22 and she also finished sixth in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 1:07.19.

Kotchik raced to fourth place in the 200 freestyle at 2:01.13 and she was sixth in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.09.

Sophomore Emily Breyer was fourth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:34.96 and she took sixth place in the 200 freestyle in 2:05.68.

Tualatin senior Madison Goforth placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.11.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the Timberwolf team of Madison Goforth, Ho, Kotchik and Linford swam to third place with a mark of 1:47.68.

The Tualatin boys finished in fifth place in the team standings at the district meet with 204 points.

Freshman Adam Janetsky led the way for the Wolves at district. He finished in fourth place in the 200 individual medley in 2:07.46 and he was also fourth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.69.

Tualatin senior John Cameron took fifth place in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:08.04 and sophomore Adam Winkler was sixth in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.19.

In the 200 medley relay, the Tualatin team of Winkler, Cameron, junior Andrew Arizala and Janetsky placed sixth in a time of 1:54.02.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the combination of Winkler, junior Forrest Lofgren, senior Clay McKean and freshman Noah Frank was fifth at 1:46.07.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Janetsky, Cameron, freshman Owen Clark and Arizala were fifth at 3:40.19.



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