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Buffalo swimming hosts Cody, Douglas for home meet

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Buffalo hosted a triangular meet Friday with Cody and Douglas traveling in for an 11-dive format meet. Unlike the six dive format, the meet opened with five dives and then kicked off the meet as per usual, completing the remaining six at their normal time. Buffalo’s hosted a second swim meet the following day and will host the third home meet in a row on Friday, Oct. 16.

Keesee Bennett wears her mask during the pre-meet cheer

Keesee Bennett, center, wears her mask during the pre-meet cheer with the rest of the team on Friday. Masks are supposed to be worn on the pool decks by athletes, coaches and spectators.

Olivia Maertens completes her first dive

Buffalo High School diver Olivia Maertens completes her first dive on Friday. This week’s meet had an 11 dive format that had the first five dives before any swimming events and then the final six dives during their normal time after the 50 yard freestyle. This dive had a difficulty level of 1.5 and Olivia scored rankings of 5.5, 6, 6.

McKinley Kessler closes her eyes as she enjoys the warm sunlight

Buffalo swimmer McKinley Kessler closes her eyes as she enjoys the warm sunlight before the start of the meet on Friday.

Payton Redden takes a breath from inside a patch of sunlight

Buffalo swimmer Payton Redden takes a breath from inside a patch of sunlight during the post-dive warmups on Friday. Patches of light from the windows danced over the sixth lane of the pool and the swimmers as they moved in and out of the sun and shadows.

Vivyan Gripp, left, and Sarah Johnson right, hold their masks as they cheer

Buffalo High School swimmers Vivyan Gripp, left, and Sarah Johnson right, hold their masks as they cheer on Luci Riddle, as the completes the final few strokes of their 200 yard medley relay on Friday. The team finished in second with a time of 2:05.51.

River Bills takes a breath during her 200 yard freestyle race

Buffalo High School swimmer River Bills takes a breath during her 200 yard freestyle race on Friday. Riddle finished with a time of 2:47.77.

Makenna Lambert rises out of the water during the breast stroke

Buffalo High School swimmer Makenna Lambert rises out of the water during the breast stroke portion of the 200 yard IM on Friday. Makenna won the race with a time of 2:20.75, 21 seconds faster than the next swimmer.

Keesee Bennett rises to the surface after her starting dive

Buffalo High School swimmer Keesee Bennett rises to the surface after her starting dive for the 50 yard freestyle on Friday. Keesee finished with a time of 27.58.

Bella Johnson pulls through he second half of her backstroke

Buffalo High School’s Bella Johnson pulls through he second half of her backstroke as the first leg of the 200 yard medley relay on Friday. She was part of the first of two Buffalo teams to compete in the event.

Grace Wagner takes a breath during her 200 yard freestyle race

Buffalo High School swimmer Grace Wagner takes a breath during her 200 yard freestyle race on Friday. Grace finished with a time of 2:20.40.

Keesee Bennett surfaces during her butterfly leg

Buffalo High School swimmer Keesee Bennett surfaces during her butterfly leg of the 200 yard medley relay on Friday. Included on Gripp’s team were Sarah Johnson, Vivyan Gripp and Luci Riddle.

Makenna Lambert takes a breath during the final leg of her 200 yard IM

Buffalo High School swimmer Makenna Lambert takes a breath during the final leg of her 200 yard IM on Friday. Other teams included in the meet were Cody and Douglas.

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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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