The Winters High School Warriors backed down to neither competition nor heat last Wednesday, Sept. 7. Regardless the 110 degree temperature, the Warriors served up healthy helpings of bubbles to their Orland High School hosts.
Kalyssa Grinbergs took care of business in the women’s 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:48 while John Rominger did the same for the men’s team, clocking in a 2:42. Both times were good enough to qualify these athletes for the championship meet at Shasta College at the end of the season.
Madeline MacMahon displayed her endurance in the 500-yard freestyle, then her speed in the 50-yard freestyle. Both events ended the same way, with her taking first.
Head coach Melanie Ellison raved about her swimmers shaving time off personal records. According to Ellison, Makayla Garland took off 1.6 seconds off her 50-yard freestyle time. Meanwhile, Gavin Pisani subtracted 2.5 seconds from his 100-yard freestyle time, with Grinsbergs taking 2.5 seconds off her aforementioned 500-yard freestyle time.
“That increase in speed isn’t a fluke, it comes from hard work during practice,” said Ellison. “The following swimmers showed courage as they completed new events that they don’t normally swim. There’s Mahalia Lafranco with the 200-yard freestyle, John Rominger in the 200-yard IM, Kenneth Matheson in the 100-yard backstroke, Charlie Baugh in the 100-yard breaststroke, Rachel Rominger in the 100-yard breaststroke, Kenliegh Kratzer in the 100-yard breaststroke and Makayla Garland in the 100-yard breaststroke as well. I am so proud of these swimmers for stepping out of their comfort zone, rising to a new challenge and doing their best. Many of them were pleasantly surprised by their times.”