Swim team splashes into action

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A new school year has begun and so too has the Winters High School swim team season. The Warriors kicked things off this past Wednesday, Aug. 31 with a trip up to Durham to take on the hosting Dolphins as well as Gridley, Orland, Willows, Oroville, Las Plumas and Paradise high schools.

Diving headfirst into the competition were the ladies in the women’s 200-yard medley relay. The squad of Mikaila Anello, Mahalia Lanfranco, Madeline MacMahon and Kalyssa Grinbergs managed to snag third with a time of 2:18.89.

The men’s team was able to take home third in the 200-medley relay with Kenneth Matheson, Logan Anello, Gavin Pisani and John Rominger clocking in a 2:25.64.

In the women’s 200-yard freestyle, senior Kalyssa Grinbergs won fourth with a time of 2:27.91. Meanwhile, Logan was able to win third in the men’s 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:42.29.

In the women’s 50-yard freestyle, sophomore Mikaila Anello won gold in the event with a scorching time of 30.08.

Rominger, a senior swim team veteran, clocked in a 26.78 for the Warriors in the men’s 50-yard freestyle which was good enough for fourth.

In the women’s 100-yard freestyle, senior, Madeline MacMahon torched the competition finishing in 57.48 – over 10 seconds ahead of second place.

Rominger kept the men’s heads above water in the 100-yard freestyle with third place finish time of 1:00.89.

In the torturous 500-yard freestyle event, Grinbergs took home second for the women with a time of 6:57.27

Then came the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay and the squad of Mikaila, Lanfranco, MacMahon and Rachel Rominger won gold for the Warriors clocking in at 2:05.85.

With hardly any time to dry off, MacMahon went on to win gold in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.39 with Mikaila taking bronze with a time of 1:17.69.

In the men’s 100-yard backstroke, Matheson finished third with a time of 1:17.48.

Finally, in the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, Charlie Baugh, Makayla Garland, Grinsberg and Ashley Rivas won third with a time of 5:29.64.

“It is a privilege to be working with this group of athletes,” raved head coach Melanie Ellison. “They are hard-working, respectful and intelligent humans and I’m thrilled to support them in achieving their swimming goals this season.”

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