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Tualatin, Grizzly girls swim to tie


Both teams are still unbeaten in conference meets

TUALTIN — In the battle for supremacy in the Pacific Conference girls swimming standings, neither team won.

Then again, neither team lost.

In other words, the front-running Tualatin and McMinnville squads fought to a tie.

With first place in the conference dual meet standings on the line, the Timberwolves and Grizzlies battled to an 85-85 tie in a meet held Jan. 14 at the Tualatin Swim Center.

The tie left both teams with 3-0-1 records in conference meets.

In order to stay unbeaten, the Tualatin girls needed a clutch performance in the last race of last week's meet, and they got it.

Trailing going into the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Timberwolves got a winning swim from their team of junior Emily Breyer, junior Kristian Kotchik, senior Alyssa Fuji and junior Madison Berggren to tie the final team score. The Tualatin team won that race in a time of 3 minutes, 50.46 seconds, edging the McMinnville team of Mari Sato, Erika Sato, Molli Hartzell and Rosie Porter, which had a mark of 3:50.98.

The win in the 400 freestyle relay was one of eight victories the Wolves had in the meet.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the Tualatin team of sophomore Zoe Linford, Kotchik, sophomore Teagan Goforth and Berggren had a winning time of 1:46.05.

Berggren and Goforth also each had a pair of individual wins.

Berggren sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 24.72 and she triumphed in the 100 freestyle in 55.17.

Goforth had a winning time of 2:21.87 in the 200 individual medley and she won the 100 backstroke with a mark of 1:02.84.

Kotchik swam to victory in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:04.29. Fuji triumphed in the 500 backstroke in 5:37.67.

The Tualatin boys fell 124-46 to McMinnville at last week's meet. The loss gives the Wolves a record of 0-4.

Tualatin got a victory from sophomore Owen Clark in the 500 freestyle with his time of 5:20.07. Clark also took second place in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.40.

The Tualatin teams will be back in action today (Thursday) when they face rival Tigard in a Pacific Conference dual meet set to start at 4 p.m. at the Tigard Swim Center.