Athletes of the Week

Gwynne McBride, Buhach Colony; Connor Hoppe, Golden Valley

Gwynne McBride

School: Buhach Colony

Sport: Swimming

Class: Freshman

Events: 200 free and 500 free

The Week: McBride took home two individual titles at the Central California Conference championships. The Thunder freshman won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 0.92 seconds. She also won the 500 freestyle in 5:25.77.

Connor Hoppe

School: Golden Valley

Sport: Swimming

Class: Senior

Events: 50 Free and 100 Breast

The Week: Hoppe broke his own Central California Conference record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 55.68 seconds. He also turned in the second fastest time ever in CCC history in winning the 50 freestyle with a time of 21. 39 seconds.

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