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Buffs prove they are for real

Boys team rolls through Jay Rowan Invite field


The Madras High School boys swim team flexed its muscle against Class 5A competition Saturday.

The White Buffalos blasted the field at the Jay Rowan Invitational in Redmond, behind a relay sweep and four individual first-place finishes.

Madras, the reigning Class 4A-1A state champions, posted 320 points to win the 11th annual event by nearly 100 points. Summit placed second with 232 points, followed by Mountain View with 207 points.

The three contested relay events — the 200-meter medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle — belonged to the White Buffalos. The 200 medley was especially impressive for Madras, since they beat the runner-up, Rainier, by more than 10 seconds. The team of Bryce Williams, Brandon Hunt, Ian Goodwin and Brady Tucker finished the race in 2 minutes, 0.25 seconds, and the Columbians finished in 2:10.49.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the Buffs won with a time of 1:49.90, and Madras also won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:06.39.

Goodwin picked up two more gold medals during the meet to go with his relay wins in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle disciplines, and one of his individual wins was the most impressive of the meet.

In the 400 freestyle, Goodwin paddled to a winning time of 4:27.81, blowing his seed time of 4:40 out of the pool. In the process, he managed to beat the event runner-up, Summit’s Brodie Mead, by more than 1:30. Mead finished with a time of 5:55.99. Goodwin won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:12.41 to cap a quadruple gold day.

Tucker claimed victory in the 200 individual medley, outpacing the field with a time of 2:31.84, and Williams won the 50 freestyle with a time of 27.09.

Freshman Garrett Webb put together a nice meet for the Buffs. He swam a leg on both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, and picked up a third-place finish in the 200 individual medley (2:34.27) along with a fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:12.99).

Williams won a silver medal in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:09.34, and Hunt scored a pair of bronzes in the 100 butterfly (1:11.43) and 100 breaststroke (1:17.24).

Josh Hocker swam legs on both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that earned gold.

On the girls side, Sophie Gemelas won the 400 freestyle with a time of 5:01.56, but that wasn’t nearly as exciting as the finish in the 200 individual medley.

Gemelas, the reigning state champion in the event in Class 4A, finished second to Ridgeview’s Rachel Haney by .05 seconds. Gemelas beat Haney in the state finals last season to claim the top prize, so in a sense Haney claimed some redemption against the Buffs’ top swimmer.

Gemelas finished the race in 2:33.36, and Haney won this go-round with a time of 2:33.31.

Aurora Gerhardt placed second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:22.65, and teammate Melissa Field placed fifth with a time of 2:49.90.

Gerhardt claimed a fourth-place spot in the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 1:16.41.

Field also placed sixth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 32.93.

Cirelle Frank finished sixth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:16.10.

The Madras girls placed sixth with 141 points.

The Buffs are back in the pool on Thursday at Barlow High School for a dual against the Bruins. Next Saturday, Jan. 18, the Buffs will host the White Buffalo Classic at the Madras Aquatic Center.

Gresham Holiday Meet

The Greshman Holiday Meet at Gresham High School — which was originally schedule for Dec. 28 — was moved to Friday, and had a different format than a traditional swim meet.

The event was set up in eight individual events, four at each 50 and 100 meters. Each swimmer swam the distance they chose in all four strokes — freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly — and the swimmer’s combined time was how he or she was placed in the standings.

On the boys side, Goodwin was the top swimmer of the meet at the 100 distance. His combined time of 3:51.25 was more than a second better than Centennial’s Alex Bogdan.

Goodwin’s win in the 100 butterfly helped carry him to the overall gold medal. Goodwin swam a 55.34 in the event, more than three seconds faster than the runner-up, Centennial’s Andrew Ortega. Goodwin finished second to Bogdan in all three the backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, but his butterfly time held up and allowed him to earn the meet victory.

Tucker placed seventh with a combined time of 4:13.52 at the same distance, and Williams was just behind his teammate in eighth with a time of 4:13.60.

On the girls side at 100 meters, Gemelas placed third with a time of 4:23.40. Gerhardt was sixth with a combined time of 4:41.16.




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