Swimming: The Tigard girls each turn in strong performances in Sunday's finals
by: DAN BROOD, SWIFT TIGER — Tigard sophomore Melissa Myers placed fifth in the 500 freestyle at the state meet.

GRESHAM - For Ellie Bradley, it was her last chance to represent the Tigard High School girls swim team on the award stand at the state meet.

For Melissa Myers, it was her first time to stand on the award stand.

And they both were pretty happy.

Bradley, a Tigard senior, and Myers, a Tigard sophomore, each turned in strong performances at the OSAA Class 6A state championships, which concluded Sunday at Mt. Hood Community College.

'It was fun,' Bradley said of her high school swim career with the Tigers. 'It's weird that it's over. It's going to feel real different next year when I'm not here, but it was good.'

Bradley, who will swim for Texas Christian University next year, placed in two of Sunday's state meet finals. She finished fourth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 7.71 seconds and, later in the meet, she had a fast finish as she swam to fourth place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.53.

'I finished strong, but not quite strong enough,' she said with a smile.

Bradley had season-best times in both of her events on Sunday.

'I would have liked to have done better, but it was pretty good,' she said.

Myers placed as an individual at the state meet for the first time by swimming to fifth place in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:11.88.

'It's exciting,' Myers said. 'I was nervous before the race, but it turned out to be close to my best time. Placing at state is cool. That was my goal for this season.'

In addition to her fifth-place finish in the championship finals of the 500 freestyle, Myers also had a fifth-place finish in the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.23.

'The experience will help me,' she said.

Also for the Tigard girls, the 200 medley relay team of Bradley, Myers, sophomore Stephanie Griggs and junior Wendy Kral just missed qualifying to compete in the consolation finals.

The team of Bradley, Myers, Griggs and junior Janae Winden swam in the preliminaries of the 200 freestyle relay at state.

The Tigard girls finished in 13th place in the team standings at the state meet with 34 points.

For the Tigard boys, senior Louis Rogers swam in the prelims in both the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Rogers also teamed with sophomore Alex Maclean, freshman Tate Wegehaupt and junior Zach Eastwood to swim in the preliminaries of the 200 medley relay.

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