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Madras White Buffalos boys swim team places second at last home meet of year; team gearing for districts.

STEELE HAUGEN - Freshman Colby Anderson came in first in both the 200-yard medley (2:23.10) and the 100-yard butterfly (58.59) for the White Buffalos. The boys team scored 58 points to place second at their last home meet of the year Feb. 4.

The Madras swimming program hosted three teams Tuesday, Feb. 4, and celebrated senior night for some of the White Buffalo swimmers.

The Buffalos had four seniors this year, Grayson Dominguez, Eryn McCourtney, Amber Simmons and Aspen Holcomb.

"Aspen and Amber had swam in previous years, but this was really the first year they swam competitively in around 10 years," head coach Mikayla Howell said. "At the beginning of the season, they were the newcomers and didn't really know anything other than freestyle. By the end of the season, they were breaking records. Amber continues to surprise me with her backstroke (improvements), and she just worked really hard."

"Grayson is part of the relay team that we are really hoping goes to state," she said. "Looking at last year's state times, they are right up there. He is a really great swimmer and is dedicated to the sport. Eryn is a phenomenal swimmer but had some struggles at the start of the season with some strokes. She never swam anything but freestyle, and this year she did the backstroke and is really phenomenal at it."

The boys team was able to place second at the home meet, scoring 58 points as a team. Redmond (131) claimed gold at the tournament, while Ridgeview (48) placed third and Sisters (41) fourth.

The girls team came in fourth place, scoring 29 points as a team. Ridgeview (108), Redmond (54) and Sisters (51) finished as the top three.

The boys 200-yard medley relay race was won by Madras' Karson Hartman, Julian Hollinghead, freshman Colby Anderson and Grayson Dominguez with a time of 1 minute and 50.47 seconds. Redmond was close behind with a time of 1:51.10, placing second.

Anderson came in first in both the 200-yard medley (2:23.10) and the 100-yard butterfly (58.59) for the White Buffalos.

Hollingshead claimed silver in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.80. He was edged out by Ryan Konop, of Redmond, who had a time of 50.13.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay race, the Madras team of Anderson, Dominguez, Hartman and Hollingshead came in second, finishing the race in 1:38.50. The winning team was Redmond (1:37.06).

Hartman came in second in the 100-yard backstroke (1:09.07), with Redmond's Lucas Montgomery (1:06.94) claiming gold.

On the girls' side, Emma Shierk came in second place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:34.06, and teammate Kylie Borchert placed third in the race (2:35.74).

In the 50-yard freestyle, Shierk placed second (29.28), Bailee Tucker third (29.61) and Borchert fourth (29.89) for the Lady Buffalos.

Senior Eryn McCourtney took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (1:12.04), while Tucker came in fifth with a time of 1:12.29.

Senior Amber Simmons finished the 100-yard backstroke in fourth place with a time of 1:30.73.

The White Buffalos travel to Molalla for the district swim tournament Feb. 14-15.

"Julian Hollingshead is a great swimmer, and I was looking at state times, and right now, he is shooting for those state times," Howell said. "Same with Colby Anderson. Right now there is only one other kid swimming as fast as him. The boys relay, looking at times, is so close to making it to state for their 200-yard freestyle relay and for the medley relay. We are really shooting for the girls 200-medley relay team. They cut a significant amount of time off their relay. Hopefully, we get to the finals and see what happens from there."

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