The Tigard girls also swim to a victory against the Spartans

by: DAN BROOD - WINNING FORM -- Tigard High School junior Caleb Torgerson is on his way to victory in the 100-yard freestyle event during the Tigers' Pacific Conference dual meet with Hillsboro. Torgerson also won the 200 freestyle at the meet. TIGARD — The Tigard High School boys swim team seems to be powered by a big turnout and plenty of motivation this year.

And maybe no Tiger is more motivated than Caleb Torgerson.

Torgerson seems very determined to have a big junior year — after just barely missing out on earning a Class 6A state meet bid last year as a sophomore.

“I’m definitely motivated,” Torgerson said last week, when the Tigers faced Hillsboro in a Pacific Conference dual meet. “I want to make it to state in at least one (individual) event, and maybe also in the relays.”

Torgerson perhaps showed the results of his motivation at last week’s meet.

He won both the 100 and 200-yard freestyle events and was also part of Tigard’s winning 200 freestyle relay team as he helped the Tigers score a 103-67 win over Hillsboro in the conference meet held at the Tigard Swim Center.

With the victory, the Tigard boys upped their conference dual meet record to 3-1.

“They’re doing pretty well so far,” Tigard coach John Ruzicka said. “I think this is the biggest boys team ever for us, and they’re working really well as a team. They’re pushing each other.”

“We’ve got a lot of new kids out this year,” Torgerson said. “That really helped.”

Last year, Torgerson finished in third place in the 100 freestyle at the Pacific Conference district meet with a time of 51.03 seconds. That nearly earned him a spot at the Class 6A state meet.

At last week’s meet against Hillsboro, Torgerson triumphed in the 100 with a time of DAN BROOD - REACHING -- Tigard sophomore Sage Wagehaupt strides out in backstroke leg of the 200 individual medley.

“That wasn’t my best time for the season, but it was close,” Torgerson said. “I was tired before the race, so that is pretty good.”

Also in that race, Torgerson had to battle one of his Tigard teammates, junior Jacob Morris, for the top spot.

“That was pretty exciting,” Torgerson said of the Tigard vs. Tigard battle. “It hasn’t usually been that way in the past.”

In the 200 freestyle, Torgerson triumphed with a personal-best time of 1:53.29.

“I was racing a Hillsboro kid (Dylan Fisher) pretty close,” Torgerson said. “I felt good today.”

In the 200 freestyle relay, the Torgerson teamed with Morris, senior Jonathan Yau and sophomore Kyle Miller to win in a time of 1:34.34.

That winning mark is less than two seconds off the Tigard school record of 1:32.62, set back in 1997.

“We wanted to see how close they could get to the record,” Ruzicka said. “That was a good swim for all of them.”

Miller also had a pair of individual victories on the day. He triumphed in the 200 individual medley with a mark of 2:02.04 and he had a winning time of 56.41 in the 100 butterfly.

Morris, a transfer from Texas, sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 23.72. Tigard freshman Nick Speth triumphed in the 100 backstroke in 1:10.53.

The Tigard girls also picked up a team victory in last week’s meet, as they bested Hillsboro106-65. With the win, the Tigers improved to 3-1 on the league season.

Tigard sophomores Sage Wagehaupt and Molly Davis and junior Angela Shiau each won a pair of individual events at the meet.

Wagehaupt was victorious in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:33.58 and she won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:18.31.

Davis picked up a win in the 200 freestyle in 2:10.26 and she had a winning mark of 1:07.14 in the 100 butterfly.

Shiau sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 28.44 and she won the 100 freestyle in 1:03.58. Elizabeth Soldwedel won the 100 backstroke in 1:08.06.

Also for the Tigard girls, the 200 freestyle relay team of Davis, senior Kayla Wagenhofer, Shaiu and Soldwedel picked up a victory with a time of 1:51.68.

“The girls team is still really young,” Ruzicka said. “But they’re getting better. Sage Wagehaupt had a real good meet today.”

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

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