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Tigers tune up for district championships

Both Tigard teams swim well in dual meet at Newberg


by: DAN BROOD - BACK AT IT -- Tigard High School junior Jacob Morris competes in the 100-yard backstroke event during Tuesday's Pacific Conference dual meet at Newberg. The conference's district meet is set for Friday and Saturday in McMinnville. NEWBERG — The Tigard High School swim teams were already excited for the upcoming Pacific Conference district championships.

But the Tigers’ very last race of the regular season added even more fuel to that fire.

In the final race in the final league dual meet of the season, the Tigard boys 400-yard freestyle relay team battled powerful Newberg to a dead heat — with both squads turning in times of 3 minutes, 29.89 seconds.

That race seemed to give the Tigers momentum as they looked ahead to the district event.

“That was exciting,” Tigard junior Caleb Torgerson said following the 400 freestyle relay. “Newberg has one of the best relay teams.”

“I’ve never been in a tie in swimming before,” Tigard junior Jacob Morris added. “Yeah, that was exciting.”

The Newberg boys defeated Tigard 103-67 at the meet, held Tuesday at the Chehalem Aquatic Center, to complete the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record. The Tigard boys finished the regular season with a 5-2 record.

“It’s been quite a season for the Tigard boys,” Tigard coach John Ruzicka said.

The Tigard girls also completed a winning regular season, finishing with a 4-3 mark following their 97-72 victory over Newberg at Tuesday’s meet.

Now, the Tigers are looking ahead to the Pacific Conference district championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the McMinnville Aquatic Center.

“I’m kind of nervous, but excited,” said Morris, who transferred to Tigard from Texas this season.

Action at the district meet will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s championship finals are scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Each event winner at the district meet, as well as those swimmers and relay teams that reach state qualifying standards and those who earn wild card bids, will advance to compete at the Class 6A state championships, set to be held Feb. 21-22 at Mt. Hood Community College.

by: DAN BROOD - WINNING WAYS -- Sophomore Molly Davis swims a leg for Tigard's victorious 400-yard freestyle relay team in Tuesday's meet. While the Tigers are looking to earn state-meet bids, the Tigard boys 200 freestyle relay team of Torgerson, Morris, sophomore Kyle Miller and senior Jonathan Yau has its sights set on another possible achievement.

“We want to qualify for state, but we also want to try and beat the school record,” Morris said.

“That’s our goal — the 200 freestyle relay school record,” Torgerson said.

The Tigard school record for the 200 freestyle relay is 1:32.62, set back in 1997. Earlier this season, the team of Miller, Torgerson, Yau and Morris approached that mark with a time of 1:34.34.

“I think the boys relay team should do good,” Ruzicka said.

Torgerson, who just missed out on qualifying for state last year as a sophomore, will also be competing in the 50 and 100 freestyle events at district. He very well got a confidence booster at Tuesday’s meet, as he defeated Newberg senior Corbin Day in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.50. Day is the defending district meet champion in the 100.

Miller should be another top swimmer for Tigard at district. He’ll be swimming in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Miller earned a bid to state in the 500 freestyle last year. He picked up a victory in the 200 freestyle in Tuesday’s meet at Newberg with a mark of 1:50.49.

Morris will be swimming in the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke at district.

Sophomore Molly Davis will be leading the way for the Tigard girls at the district meet. She’ll be competing in the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

Davis was a four-time winner on Tuesday.

She triumphed in the 200 freestyle in 2:09.88 and she had a winning time of 1:09.55 in the 100 butterfly.

In the 200 medley relay, Davis teamed with freshman Elizabeth Soldwedel, senior Kayla Wagenhofer and sophomore Sage Wagehaupt to win in 2:09.35. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Tigard team of Wagenhofer, Soldwedel, junior Angela Shiau and Davis was victorious with a mark of 4:08.52.

Soldwedel also swam to victory in the 100 backstroke with a time of 4:08.52. She’ll be swimming in that event and the 50 freestyle at the district meet.




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