Tualatin girls best Century to stay unbeaten in league

by: DAN BROOD - GOING FAST -- Tualatin High School junior Ashley Tam is making waves in the 100-yard breaststroke event during last week's meet. Tam helped the Wolves get a win over Century. TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School girls swim team used its depth.

The Timberwolves used their talent.

And they also used a record-breaking performance.

They put them all together and got a hard-fought win over a talented Century team.

Tualatin, sparked by a record-setting swim by junior Madison Berggren, splashed to a 93-77 win over the Jaguars in a Pacific Conference dual meet held last Thursday at the Tualatin Swim Center.

With the win, the Tualatin girls improved to 5-0-1 in conference meets. Century, coached by former Tualatin High standout Sarah Holman (formerly Sarah McCauley), moved to 4-2 in conference meets with the setback.

Berggren, who helped lead the Tualatin High School girls water polo team to the state championship back in the fall, paced the Wolves in last Thursday’s win over Century, as she was a four-time winner at the meet.

Berggren’s biggest win came in the 50-yard freestyle event, where she set a new pool record with her winning time of 24.70 seconds. That broke the old pool record of 24.8, set by McMinnville’s Robin Klein.

In addition to her record-breaking win, Berggren also sprinted to victory in the 100 freestyle in a time of 53.90. In the 200 medley relay, she teamed with sophomore Teagan Goforth, junior Ashley Tam and senior Alyssa Fuji to get a win with a mark of 1:59.01.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Berggren teamed with Goforth, sophomore Zoe Linford and junior Kristian Kotchik to swim to victory in 1:46.32.

by: DAN BROOD - BACK AT IT -- Tualatin's Adam Winkler is on his way to a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke event at last week's meet.Those were the only first-place finishes the Tualatin girls had during the meet, but they relied on their depth to get the winning points.

Goforth had second-place finishes in the 200 individual medley, in 2:16.78, and in the 100 backstroke, in 1:02.63.

Junior Emily Breyer took second place in the 200 freestyle with a mark of 2:06.29. Kotchik was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:05.39. Fuji was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:31.29 and Tam took second place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.70.

Tualatin also got a second-place finish from its 400 freestyle relay team of Fuji, Breyer, Tam and junior Marissa Lovos.

Century junior standout Ellie Thornbrue won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.32 and she triumphed in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.86.

The Tualatin boys were edged 96-74 by the Jaguars in last week’s meet. The loss gives the Timberwolves a league record of 2-4.

Tualatin picked up a win in the 200 freestyle relay, where the team of senior Andrew Arizala, sophomore Jake Calder, senior Forrest Lofgren and sophomore Owen Clark turned in a victorious time of 1:42.21.

Arizala, Clark and junior Adam Winkler each had a pair of individual second-place finishes. Arizala sprinted to second place in the 50 freestyle in 25.31 and he was second in the 100 freestyle in 55.75.

Clark was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.98 and he took second place in the 500 freestyle in 5:18.78. Winkler was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.51 and he took second in the 100 backstroke in 1:05.94.

The Tualatin teams will finish their regular season schedule today (Thursday) when they face Hillsboro in a meet starting at 3:45 p.m. at the Hillsboro Aquatic Center.

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