Buffs do well in the pool


Madras competes in Bend Winter Classic

Madras’ Sophie Gemelas earned a gold medal in the 100-yard butterfly, and the Madras boys won the 200 medley relay to lead the White Buffalo swimmers at the Bend Winter Classic, held Saturday at Juniper Swim and Fitness Center in Bend.

Gemelas barely beat the runner-up, Dhani Freeland of Hood River Valley, to claim to meet title in the event. Gemelas finished the race in 1 minute, 2.75 seconds, just .17 seconds faster than Freeland.

Gemelas also picked up a bronze medal in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:19.50.

The Madras 200 medley relay boys team of Bryce Williams, Ian Goodwin, Josh Hocker and Brandon Hunt were pushed to the bitter end as well. The quartet’s time of 1:49.25 was just .64 seconds faster than the team from Bend High School.

Goodwin picked up a pair of silver medals in individual events for the boys. In the 200 IM, Goodwin paddled to a time of 2:03.62 behind Mountain View’s Brandon Deckard. Goodwin finished the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.01, less than a second behind Bend’s Ben Brockman.

More top finishers on the boys side include Williams, who placed third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:58.22. Teammate Brady Tucker wasn’t far behind, and he finished in fourth with a time of 1:59.67.

Hunt placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.84) and Hocker earned a fifth-place spot in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.75.

Both 400 and 200 freestyle relay teams placed fourth for the Buff boys.

On the girls side, Aurora Gerhardt earned a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 100 backstroke (1:07.45) and the 500 freestyle (5:50.51).

Melissa Field finished fifth in the 50 freestyle, completing the one-length sprint in 29.13, and Maya Hoaglin was the Buffs’ best finisher in the 100 freestyle with a 10th place time of 1:11.03.

The Buff girls 200 medley team finished fourth with a time of 2:08.38, as did the 200 freestyle relay team with a time of 2:08.51.

Cirelle Frank finished 12th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:41.45.

The Buffs will have a weekend off coming up, but will hit the pool after Christmas at the Gresham Invitational on Dec. 28