The Tiger teams swim to league wins over Hillsboro

by: DAN BROOD - FAST FRESHMAN -- Tigard High School freshman Kyle Miller is on his way to victory in the 500-yard freestyle at last week's meet. TIGARD — Youth is served.

The youthful Tigard High School boys swim team is reaping those benefits — and those young Tigers are also having fun at the same time.

The Tigard boys evened their Pacific Conference dual meet record at 2-2 by swimming to an impressive 103-61 win over Hillsboro in a league meet held last Thursday at the Tigard Swim Center.

“I think we’re having more fun as a team,” said Tigard freshman Kyle Miller, who had a pair of individual wins at last week’s meet. “Hopefully, we’ll keep dropping our times and keep getting better.”

“It’s exciting,” Tigard coach John Ruzicka said. “We’ve got a lot of brand new guys, and they’re stepping up. And it’s nice to have a big group.”

The Tigard girls also picked up a win at last week’s meet, as they downed Hillsboro 94-71 to also even their league dual meet record at 2-2.

“We’re having a pretty good season,” Ruzicka said. “The work ethic is there.”

The Tigard boys, in their victory over Hillsboro, picked up victories in eight of the 11 races in the meet.

Miller triumphed in the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2 minutes, 12.21 seconds and he also had a winning mark of 5:46.64 in the 500 freestyle, where he won by nearly a minute over the second-place finisher from Hillsboro.

“It was alright,” Miller said of his two wins. “They weren’t great times. I wasn’t really pressured in the 500, but I wanted to make sure to get points for the team.”

Tiger sophomore Caleb Torgerson also had a pair of individual wins. He sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 23.89 and he won the 100 freestyle in 52.47.

Also for the Tigard, boys, freshman Jonathan Irving won the 200 freestyle in 2:17.00 and senior Elliott Branen won the 100 butterfly in 1:10.65.

Miller, Irving, Torgerson and Branen also teamed up to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:44.05.

The Tigard boys also got strong swims from Harrison Le, who was third in the 100 breaststroke at 1:22.88, and from freshman Sam Larson, who was third in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle.

“He’s really stepped up,” Ruzicka said.

The Hillsboro boys moved to 0-4 in league dual meets with the setback.

Freshman Molly Davis had a pair of individual wins for the Tigard girls in their victory. Davis won the 200 individual medley in 2:28.70 and she had a winning time of 1:09.15 in the 100 backstroke.

Davis also teamed with freshman Sage Wagehaupt, sophomore Angela Shiau and freshman Megan Ellis to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:59.34.

Also for the Tigard girls, junior Kayla Wagenhofer won the 50 freestyle in 28.63 and Wagehaupt triumphed in the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.30.

The Hillsboro girls dropped to 1-3 in league meets with the loss.

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