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Boys grab another trophy while setting school records

by: KRISTIN HOCKER - Members of the Madras boys swim team celebrate a third-place finish at the state meet in Gresham.So far so good may be a good enough mantra for some programs. But for Bobby DeRoest, that will not cut it at Madras High.

Despite some recent success, including a state title last season, DeRoest is pushing for bigger and better things. So when his boys team followed up its state title with a third-place finish Saturday at the 2014 4A/3A/2A/1A state swimming championships at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham, the easy-going coach said he was pleased.

But there was a definite air of disappointment in his voice.

“We should be a little disappointed because we are trying to create a culture of winning here and we didn’t win,” DeRoest said. I hope it drives us to challenge ourselves to do better. I’m pleased that we seem to want more.”

The Buffs finished off the year strong, but fell short of their ultimate goal, placing third at the state meet with 43 points. Cottage Grove, by winning the final event of the day, claimed the team title with 52 points while Newport ended up second with 47 points.

As the scores show, the boy's meet was as close as it could get. It came down to the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the day. The teams finished in the final standings the same way they placed in the relay.

“I was really pleased with how we performed,” DeRoest said. “I think we performed better this year than last year. We had a lot of the same people and they swam better, but the competition was much more fierce.”

The White Buffalos set five school records during the meet, besting all three relay times, while Ian Goodwin and Brandon Hunt scored individual event records.

Bryce Williams, Hunt, Goodwin and Garrett Webb posted a time of one minute, 44.89 seconds to get the 200 medley relay school record, while Williams and Webb teamed with Josh Hocker and Brady Tucker to eclipse the 200 freestyle relay mark with a time of 1:35.58.

Tucker, Williams, Hocker and Goodwin capped off the record run with a time of 3:24.38 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Goodwin, who placed second in the 200 and 500 freestyle swims, set a new Madras mark of 1:44.89 in the 200, while Hunt bested the 100 breaststroke mark by swimming a 1:04.08.

While Goodwin was a known commodity entering the meet, Tucker used the platform to get some attention for himself. Ranked 12th in the 100 butterfly, he finished fifth with a nice time of 55.57.

Tucker also picked up three spots in the 200 individual medley, finishing sixth.

“I was very excited about his performance,” DeRoest said. “He swam amazing for us.”

Hunt also saw his times improve from last week’s district meet, DeRoest said.

On the girls' side, the Buffs placed 10th with nine points.

Sophie Gemelas placed fourth in the 200 IM and was third in the 100 breaststroke, setting school records in each event. Gemelas and Aurora Gerhardt were the lone individual swimmers for Madras, while the Buffs did qualify two relay teams but neither placed.

“The girls' meet was much more competitive,” DeRoest said. “We just don’t have much depth and you can’t score a lot of points that way. I’d like to get back to the point of the girls earning some hardware.”

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