Raiders set up SPSL swimming showdown


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The Thomas Jefferson girls swim team got it done Tuesday afternoon. The Raiders handed the Decatur Gators their first loss of the season at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, 93-87.

The win improved TJ to 7-0 on the season and sets up a huge dual meet with the Curtis Vikings Tuesday at the Aquatic Center that should decide the South Puget Sound League South Division championship. The Vikings also enter the meet with a perfect record after beating Beamer 115-71 Tuesday.

Against Decatur, the Raiders used their depth to outdistance the Gators. Jefferson won only four events during the meet, including a pair of individual wins and a relay victory by sophomore Amy Friedhoff, but used numerous second- and third-place finishes. Friedhoff won the 200- and 500-yard freestyles in state-qualifying times and also anchored the Raiders’ winning 200 free relay team. Diver Bonnie Ray picked up TJ’s other win with 122.45 points.

The Gators were led by the swimming of Briley Boggs, Katie Matulic and Alyssa Boggs.

The threesome all won a pair of individual events and were also parts of two relay victories.

Briley Boggs took the 100 butterfly and the 50 free and Matulic took the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Alyssa Boggs won the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle. They all also swam legs of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams.

Girls golf

The Decatur girls golf team did something plenty of teams in the SPSL haven’t been able to do in the last several years — beat the Auburn Trojans. The Gators downed Auburn Tuesday afternoon 89-71 at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club to move to 7-1 in league play. The Trojans had won 42 of their last 43 SPSL Central matches.

“It was a huge win for us,” said head coach Rick Dennison. “We have been trying to beat Auburn for the past five matches.”

The Gators scorched their home course for a season high in points. Junior Jenna Rochelle earned medalist honors by firing a 4-over par, 40 at Twin Lakes. Sidney Solomonson followed with a 43.

“Twin Lakes does present a different look for golfers that are used to playing on a course like Auburn,” Dennison said about the Gators’ home-course advantage.

The win avenged Decatur’s only loss of the season — an 80-57 Auburn victory.

“We have improved every match,” Dennison said. “Each week our collective scores have gotten higher. They came through on the right day. Practice on Monday was terrible and I was impressed with their turnaround. I think the pressure helped. They wanted the Auburn match.”

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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