The Pendelton Buckaroos came and provided great competition for the Hood River Eagles tonight at the Hood River Aquatic Center, where they split the meet. The lady Eagles came out on top 98-72, while the Buckaroos took the win in the mens column with a close 82-70 finish.
Faith Ocheskey won both the 100 and 200 freestyle events, and placed first in the 200 Medley relay with teammates Sarah Arpag, Jessica Galvez and Madaket Greenleaf. Other girl event winners were Sarah in the 400 free (she was also 2nd in the 50 free) and Madaket in the 100 butterfly.
Celilo Brun brought home two second place finishes – in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke while Miyuki Gerald placed 2nd in the 100 backstroke to help add points to the total. Other girls scoring individual points included Chloe Bullock (5th in 50 free), Jessica (3rd in both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke), Campbell Keller (3rd in 100 fly and 4th in the 100 breaststroke), Neilly Kendall (5th in the 100 free and 4th in the 100 back), Alea McCarty (3rd in both the 200 and 400 free), Maria Sandoval (5th in the 100 fly), Olivia Sumerfield (4th in both the 200 and 400 free) and lillie Tomlinson (3rd in 50 free and 4th in the 100 free).
Chad Klaas and Luke Southall were double event winners for the boys side. Chad won the 50 free and the 100 butterfly, while Luke took top honors in the 100 and 200 freestyle events. The two teamed up with Ethan Yoakum and Saylor Sundby to win the 200 free relay as well. Ethan also won the 100 breaststroke by 0.02 seconds in one of the many close finishes recorded at the pool tonight and was 2nd in the 200 IM. Finishing 2nd in the 400 free was Adam Burke, who also placed 4th in the 200 IM. Other boys scoring individual points for the Eagles included Charlie Bickford (3rd in 100 back), Corbett Blackman (3rd in 200 free), Mario Jaimez Villa (3rd in the 100 breaststroke), and Saylor (who placed 4th in the 200 free and 5th in the 50 free).
Next up for the Eagles is a morning rematch with Gresham on January 3rd in Hood River.