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Water Warriors shine at sections

Cox, Jiminez and relay team
set new records


By ERIC LUCERO
Express sports

It was yet another very successful week that ended a very successful season for the Winters High School swim team. The Water Warriors wrapped up their season competing in the divisional finals and the section finals.
Winters started their busy week taking 17 out of their 19 swimmers that qualified to the divisional championships at West Valley High School on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
“We had some awesome races and more personal best times,” said coach Maya Tice. “Our boys took fourth and our girls placed fifth with just seven competitors.”
Jules Jiminez made the highlights by breaking a seven year Winters High School 100 breaststroke record with a time of 1:14.28 in a second place finish. The irony here is she broke her own coaches record set in 2009 at 1:14.47.
“This is something I’ve been hoping for Jules to do all season,” Tice said. “Jules has been a strong breaststroker since a young age and she’s proven today that she is her school’s strongest in recorded history.”
On Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Masters, Casey Cox treated coach Tice with the same respect by breaking Tice’s eight year record in the girls 50 free with a new school record of 25.48 for a third place finish, eclipsing Tice’s old mark of 25.85 in 2008.
“After this race, Casey told me she will be working towards a record that may be able to stand the test of time,” Tice added. “As a coach, I think records are meant to be broken. The fact that these old records of mine are falling to some great athletes makes me very proud.”
One more school mark fell at the Masters for the girls team, and Jiminez and Cox were a part of it as well. The girls medley relay team of Cox, Jiminez, Ivett Arellano and Cara Baker set a new school record with a time of 2:03.18 breaking the old mark of — yes, you guessed it — Tice, Jamie Anderson, Tess Hyer and Meghan Hyde with a time of 2:04.52 in 2007.
“We were in disbelief that the girls beat the record since they did not change in standing. It was a pleasant surprise for the team,” Tice stated. 
Posting personal best times at the Division II finals meet were Ivett Arellano in the girls 200 free dropping nearly three seconds at 2:15.91 for a third place finish and dropped her 100 fly time to 1:09.85 for a second place finish. Cara Baker dropped over four seconds in the girls 500 free with a time of 6:59.91. Davis Cooper set a new personal best in the boys 200 free at 2:15.36. Cox had a personal best time in her 400 free relay split at 59.62.
Kyle Gardiner set his best time in the boys 100 backstroke at 1:12.83. Ruben Valencia dropped a second off his best time in the boys 100 free at 56.15. Sam Petersen dropped over a second in the boys 100 fly with a time of 1:07.42, while Jacob Roberts set his personal best time in the boys 100 free by winning gold with a time of 53.40.
Cox also won gold in the girls 50 free with a winning time of 26.47 and took the silver in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:07.22. The girls 400 free relay team of Marin Spalding, Cox, Arellano and Esther Myers placed third with a time of 4:33.16 and the boys team took the bronze as well with Alec Matheson, Cooper, Petersen and Roberts clocking a time of 3:45.90. Winters girls 200 medley relay team of Cox, Jiminez, Arellano and Baker took second place with a time of 2:06.63.
The Water Warriors traveled to Shasta College to compete in the Masters Meet against the top swimmers in the entire Northern Section and once again had a very impressive showing for such a small group. On Saturday, October 29, Winters placed Seventh in the girls against 18 other schools with just six swimmers, while the boys team placed eighth with 11 competitors.
Winters continued to improve on their performances with a handful of swimmers again clocking personal best times. Cox had a personal best time in the 100 backstroke at 1:04.07 for a third place finish and clocked a best time in her leadoff performance of the 400 free relay. Jiminez had a personal best time in the 50 free with a time of 26.94.
Matheson set two personal best times one in the 100 free at 55.35 and dropped his best time for his leg of the 400 free relay team. Roberts posted a personal best in the 100 free and the 100 backstroke with times of 51.90 and 1:03.53 respectively. Valencia also had two best times with a 50 free time of 24.91 and a time of 54.99 in the 100 free.
The boys 200 medley relay team of Valencia, Roberts, Petersen and Matheson took home the bronze dropping nearly four seconds off their season best with a time of 1:50.52. All four swimmers clocked a personal best time in the event.
The boys 200 free relay team also dropped five seconds off their overall time with Angel Vital, Moises Garcia, Noah Holmes and Andres Jiminez clocking a 2:08.89, while the 400 free relay team of Matheson, Cooper, Petersen and Roberts dropped over five seconds off their best time clocking a 3:39.21 for a fifth place finish.
“The boys relays always drops time at this meet due to all the other competition and the energy inside the complex,” Tice added.