Summer swim team hosted Golden Valley League Championship

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The Winters Summer Swim Team hosted the Golden Valley League Championships at the Bobbie Greenwood Community Swim Center on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28. The swim team is finishing up their season to make way for the Winters High School swim team to start their fall sports season in two weeks. The championship meet this past weekend was a five-way meet. The teams that attended the meet, were the Arbuckle Tidal Waves, Beale AFB Barracudas, Natomas Aqua bears, Vacaville and Winters. There were hundreds of swimmers and spectators to enjoy the days of competition.  The swimmers battled for two days, which were the hottest days of the year to date. Both days of the weekend were forecast to be 106 degrees. The city officials and team coach have taken measures to keep the athletes cool in between events during the extreme heat. Coach Aaron Vande Wege set up misters blowing through high volume fans on the pool deck and shade canopies in the cool grass areas outside the pool deck.  The meet started with preliminary trials to set qualifying times, then moved on to the finals round, which began with the mixed 6 and under 25 yard free kickboard. Throughout the championship meet each event–freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, individual medley and others–would progress through the age groups and most were segregated by gender. Each city team had four of their strongest swimmers compete in the relay events. Many of the swimmers competed in multiple events within their age group. In the mixed six and under age group the Winters team did very well. Skylar Marquez was the winner of the 25 yard freestyle kickboard event. Marquez covered the distance in 30.35. Charlotte Nowak followed closely behind, finishing at 30.47. Five-year-old Hector Jimenez came in a little over three seconds behind at 33.76. Matthew Reyna had a slight gap between Jimenez and himself, finishing with a time of 40.31. Judy Gibson completed the swim in 46.70. There were twelve swimmers total in the kickboard event. Trevor Grinbergs, a 12-year-old from Winters led his age group in all the events he competed in. Grinbergs had a preliminary swim in the 100 yard Individual medley of 1:25.18 and a final time of 1:22.16, coming in first place. Grinbergs swam the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 31.05, and in the 50 yard backstroke he finished in 37.96. Grinbergs also swam in the 50 yard butterfly, taking first place with a time of 41.02. Diego Valencia, a 15-year-old sophomore at Winters High School, swam in the boys 15-18 age group. In the 100 yard Individual medley Valencia finished his medley event with a time of 1:02.26. In the 50 yard freestyle Valencia made the swim in 23.76 seconds. Valencia finished first in the four other events that he competed in. Ten-year-old Maci Dodic competed in multiple events. She swam the 6-10 100 yard individual medley, coming in at 1:34.26, finishing second in the event. Dodic swam the 25 yard freestyle in 15.35 and the 25 yard backstroke in 19.82, taking first place in both events. Emily Dodic, Maci’s older sister, competed in the 13-14 age group. Emily came in first in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 27.98. Emily also competed in the 50 yard backstroke and came in second place with a time of 35.86.  Christopher Rodriguez competed in the boys 7-8 age range. Rodriguez swam the 25 yard freestyle and came in first at 20.44 seconds. In the 25 yard breaststroke Rodriguez completed the swim 24.74 seconds, taking first place again.   In the boys 9-10 age group Winters had two swimmers, both 10 years old. They did very well, and were  neck and neck in every event they competed in. Chase Gibson swam the 25 yard freestyle in 14.90. taking first. He was closely followed by Cole Jordling, who took second with a time of 15.52. In the 25 yard backstroke the boys took first and second once again. This time it was Jordling in first with a time of 19.40, and Gibson was next with 19.78.  Twelve-year-old Mikaila Anello competed in the 11-12 age group. Anello swam the 50 yard freestyle in 32.23, taking first place. Anello also finished in first with a time of 38.92 while competing in the 50 yard backstroke.  For a full set of the swimmers who competed and their recorded final times, go to]]>

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