Swim team closes out season at Championship, Masters

Kenneth Matheson, Rachel Rominger, John Rominger and Madeline MacMahon were the four Winters High School swim team athletes who competed at the Northern Section CIF Masters Meet at Shasta College last weekend. (Tracey Matheson/Courtesy photo)

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The Winters High School swim team closed out its season last Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the divisional championship up in Redding. Much like they’ve done all season, the squad continued to improve their times and compete hard to the last lap.

WHS had eight swimmers attending the championship and they squared off against stiff competition from 18 other schools around northern California.

Madeline MacMahon scorched the competition in the women’s 50-yard freestyle, winning first with a time of 25.28. Mahalia Lanfranco took home fourth with a personal best time of 29.6 seconds.

Meanwhile, in the men’s 50-yard freestyle, John Rominger finished seventh with a personal best time of 25.64.

MacMahon wasn’t finished with firsts, however, as she took home another one for the Warriors in the women’s 100-yard freestyle. She finished with her best time of the season with a 55.54. Mikaila Anello finished fourth with a time of 1:06.38.

John Rominger swam yet another personal best in the men’s 100-yard freestyle finishing with a time of 58.43 which was good enough for seventh.

Then in the women’s 100-yard backstroke, Rachel Rominger took home fifth with her own personal best time of 1:18.88.

In the women’s 100-yard breaststroke, Lanfranco finished fourth with a personal best time of 1:27.54. Mikaila Anello finished sixth with a time of 1:28.12.

On the men’s side of the 100-yard breaststroke, Kenneth Matheson took home third for the Warriors finishing with a time of 1:17.32.

In the women’s 500-yard freestyle, Kalyssa Grinbergs finished eighth with a time of 6:49.30. For the men’s team, Logan Anello finished 10th with a time of 6:50.55.

A few days later, on Saturday, Oct 29, four Warriors would go on to compete at the Northern Section, CIF Masters Meet.

MacMahon’s speed proved unbeatable yet again in the women’s 50-yard freestyle as she took home the gold with a 25.11. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she won gold again in the women’s 100-yard freestyle as well clocking in a time of 54.94.

John Rominger clocked in with a 25.97 in the men’s 50-yard freestyle which was good enough for 14th place. He also competed in the men’s100-freestyle and clocked in a 58.97, also good enough for 14th place.

Meanwhile, Rachel Rominger finished 15th place in the women’s 100-yard backstroke with a 1:19.74.

Kenneth Matheson competed in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke and finished ninth place with a time of 1:15.64.

“We had eight swimmers at this championship meet and they accumulated six personal best times. That’s evidence of these swimmers’ continued hard work at practice,” praised head coach, Melanie Ellison. “Seven of those swimmers qualified to move onto the Northern California Section Masters Meet. That means half our team ranks amongst the very best high school swimmers in Northern California. It has been a privilege to spend this swim season with all 16 of our Warrior swimmers.”

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