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Buffalo boys swim and dive racing to cut the clock

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swimmers and divers line up on the edge of the pool

Buffalo High School’s swimmers and divers line up on the edge of the pool during the singing of the National Anthem by four of their teammates on Jan. 12. The tighter COVID-19 precautions mean that they aren’t bringing addition students onto the pool deck to do things like sing the national anthem or run timers.

They high school boys swim and dive team hosted their second to last home swim and dive meet of the season last Tuesday afternoon, winning a number of races and pushing the team closer to the state competition. The medley relay team beat their best by more than a second, Ryan Morrison swam a state qualifying time in the 50-yard freestyle and Josiah Bartlett won the diving competition. The team has only one more home meet left this season, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 29. 

Josiah Bartlett lifts his feet to straight over his head

Buffalo High School junior Josiah Bartlett lifts his feet to straight over his head before entering the water during his fourth dive on Jan. 12 at the YMCA. Bartlett won the diving with a total score of 194.45 total points across six dives, roughly four points under his personal high.

Ethan Barker breaks into the water

Buffalo High School senior Ethan Barker breaks into the water during his third dive out of six on Tuesday afternoon. Barker finished fourth overall in the diving with a total of 124 points collected across his six dives.

Andy Wages breaths while rising out of the water

Buffalo High School junior Andy Wages breaths while rising out of the water during the breast stroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay on Jan. 12. This relay team included Ethan Barker, Andy Wages, Johnathan Markovsky and Mason Morrison.

Johnathan Markovsky takes a breath

Buffalo High School sophomore Johnathan Markovsky takes a breath during the butterfly leg of the 200-yard medley relay on Jan. 12 at the YMCA. The relay team won their heat with a time of 2:10.18.

Charlie Wonka pulls forward during the breast stroke

Buffalo High School sophomore Charlie Wonka pulls forward during the breast stroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay on Jan. 12 at the YMCA. Wonka was a member of Buffalo’s fastest entered relay team and the group finished with a final time of 1:43.62, roughly two seconds faster than their team record.

The time board reflects over the pool deck

The time board reflects over the pool deck and into the water during a break between races on Jan. 12 at the YMCA.

Mason Morrison takes a breath during the first half of his 200-yard freestyle

Buffalo High School freshman Mason Morrison takes a breath during the first half of his 200-yard freestyle race on Jan. 12 at the YMCA. Mason was one of three Buffalo swimmers to compete in the two heats for the race.

Brogan Byrum points while John Wonka yells

Buffalo High School's Brogan Byrum points while John Wonka yells to help teammates Charlie Wonka and Brodyn Lambert during their 200-yard freestyle race on Jan. 12.

Hamlin Wing pulls himself back toward the blocks

Buffalo High School junior Hamlin Wing pulls himself back toward the blocks during the second half of the backstroke section of his 200-yard IM on Jan. 12. Hamlin finished with a time of 2:32.59, almost seven seconds faster than his season best.

Brogan Byram dives off the blocks

Buffalo High School sophomore Brogan Byram dives off the blocks to begin his 200-yard IM race on Jan. 12 at the YMCA. Byram finished with a time of 2:10.13, two seconds faster then his season high.

Brogan Byram takes a breath

Buffalo High School sophomore Brogan Byram takes a breath during the breast stroke leg of his 200-yard IM on Jan. 12 at the YMCA. Brogan also scheduled to compete in the 200-yard medley relay and the 100-yard freestyle

John Wonka celebrates with teammate Ryer Morrison

 Buffalo High School senior John Wonka celebrates with teammate Ryer Morrison after the conclusion of their 50-yard freestyle race on Jan. 12 at the YMCA. During the race, Ryer qualified for state with the race. 

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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