Madras hosts big swim meet, compete hard
The Madras High School swim team hosted the White Buffalos Classic home swim meet Jan. 11. Seven schools, including Madras competed in the swim meet Saturday.
The Madras men's team placed fifth with 119 points. Redmond (302), Pendleton (237) The Dalles (194), and Ridgeview (134) placed in the top four and Cove (50) placed seventh.
Madras's women's team finished in sixth place with 77 points. Pendleton (338), The Dalles (278), Ridgeview (227), Sisters (140) and Redmond (88) placed in the top five at the meet.
"I always like when a lot of teams can come because the kids can get a feel for what districts is going to be like," head swim coach Mikayla Howell said. "Also competing against these 5A schools is good because if these swimmers want to swim in college they need to know what the other divisions are competing at.
It's also good to just compete against other kids from some of these far away schools. If these kids want to make it to state, they need to commit to practice, meets and becoming better swimmers."
On the men's side, freshman Colby Anderson placed first in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2 minutes, 13.52 seconds. Jacen McGowan, of Redmond, placed second with a time of 2:16.57.
Anderson also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.20. His teammate, sophomore Julian Hollinshead claimed gold with a time of 56.78.
Anderson and Hollinshead were also part of a relay team with fellow swimmers Karson Hartman and Chema Lopez that took third in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:53.42. Redmond (1:51.08) and Pendleton (1:52.55) claimed the top times.
The same relay team also participated in the 200 yard freestyle relay, where they placed fourth with a time of 1:43.55. Redmond (1:35.97) was able to place first.
Hartman, a junior for Madras claimed silver in the 100- yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.69. He was bested by Andrew Williams, of Pendleton, (1:04.04).
In the 100-yard freestyle, Hollinshead placed third with a time of 53.84, with Hartman placing 10th (58.23) and lopez 19th (1:06.81).
"Colby Anderson and Julian Hollinshead compete year around," Howell said. "They are both phenomenal swimmers. Julian is just beating everyone out of the water. Looking at the records at the MAC, these two are already so close to beating the personal best times for the high school. Karson Hartman is looking great at the backstroke and is looking to make state."
"The boys relay team really impresses me," Howell said. "There first relay of the year against Bend, they were already beating everyone. That includes Bend, Summit, Mountain View, all the big schools and they blew them out of the water."
On the girls side, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kylie Borchert, Bailee Tucker, Emma Shierk, and Eryn McCourtney placed fourth with a time of 2:02.04.
Tucker also placed sixth in the 100-yard freestyle (1:10.46), with McCourtney placing 10th (1:15
19) and Hannah Holiday 21st (1:24.13).
Shierk was able to finish in sixth place in the 200-yard freestyle (2:43.17).
In the 50-yard freestyle, Shierk (29.54) and Borchert (30.08) placed sixth and seventh, while teammates Amber Simmons placed 16th (34.21), Aspen Holcomb 22nd (36.45) and Holiday 30th (38.44).
McCourtney placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:21.26) and Simmons finished in 10th place (1:36.13).
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Tucker placed ninth (1:34.39), Borchert 12th (1:38.39) and Holcomb 15th (1:57.58).
"The girls relay team is doing good too," said Howell. "We need to cut some time down, but other than that, they are really committing to getting to state. I am very impressed with Kylie Borchert. This year she is beating last year's times and cut six seconds off her 50-freestyle from the beginning of the season. Hannah Holiday and Aspen Holcomb came out this year. Aspen cut 15 seconds off her time from last week, which is unheard of. Hannah just keeps cutting time and is really dedicated to this sport."
Madras has a home meet against Corbett at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.
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