Fun fact: the tiger is one of the only big cat species that enjoys swimming and is adapted for it.

The BRF Tigers hope to live up to its namesake as the swim team has hit the pool for its first few meets.

A pentathlon in Colby was the first event for the team, a little shorter in length than usual, but it gave the girls and coach Cathy Matson something to work off of in the future.

Lauren Steien took first place overall for her grade at the meet, while teammate Elizabeth Pardoe took third.

Next up for the Tigers was a trip to Steven’s Point for a relay match.

BRF would walk away with a sixth place finish with its strongest event being the 4x50 butterfly where the Tigers took second place.

The Tigers also finished fourth in the 200-yard medley relay.

Results from the Menomonie relay would be similar for BRF, taking home another sixth place finish in a packed competition.

BRF did finish third in the 4x200 relay and first in the 200 fly relay. The 200 backstroke relay also netted the Tigers another first place finish as Steien clocked a 28.43 second finish.

Pardoe’s 12.30 second finish in the 100 free relay helped the Tigers get its third first place finish at the meet.

Wrapping up the string of meets would be a Marshfield invite where the Tigers found its stride.

BRF took second place overall only a handful of points behind Medford.

Maren Bakken and her 28.15 second finish in the 200-yard medley relay helped get the Tigers an early first place finish.

In the 100-yard individual medley Pardoe would take first place with a 1:07 finish after four laps.

The 100-yard free relay, 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard breaststroke all gave BRF first place finishes.

It wasn’t all or nothing for the Tigers who took second place in the 50-yard backstroke, third in the 100-yard medley relay, as well as having a number of individuals grabbing fourth place in different events.


Stephen Knoll is a reporter for Jackson County Chronicle. Contact him at 715-284-0085.

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