Swim team takes first at BVL championship

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The Winters High School swim team competed in the Butte View League Championship meet hosted in Sutter on Oct. 20. This week they swam against athletes from Durham, Sutter Union, Gridley, Orland, Willows, Las Plumas, Paradise, Oroville and Wheatland high schools.

Coach Devin Tice said the cold, rainy weather impacted some of the swimmer’s performances, but the team still placed in first with186 points (the combined teams score) over Durham (142 points) and Sutter (134 points). The men’s team placed first, and Tice noted the women’s team was down some swimmers but still placed third out of the nine participating teams.

Senior Diego Valencia placed first in the men’s 50-yard freestyle race with a finals time of 24.22, and in the men’s 100-yard butterfly with a finals time of 1:06.11.

Sophomore Amelia Doran placed first for the Warriors in the women’s 200-yard individual medley with a finals time of 2:24.26. Freshman Mikaila Anello also snagged first place in the women’s 500-yard freestyle race with a finals time of 6:01.63.

Some of the Winters relay teams also placed in the top spot. Valencia, senior John Rominger, sophomore Kenneth Matheson, Kenneth and freshman Trevor Grinbergs worked together to place first in the men’s 200-yard medley relay (finals time 1:59.18) and in the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay (finals time 1:44.84).

Juniors Ava Skinner, Kalyssa Grinbergs, Doran and Anello swam to a first place finish in the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay race with a finals time of 4:34.25.

We pushed through the cold and pessimism to an amazing meet. The swimmers continue to outdo themselves, and I am so proud of how far this team has come this year,” said women’s team captain Grinbergs.

Valencia, men’s team captain, said although they have lost a few swimmers this year, they have consistently earned a lot of points for Winters and have finished in the top three spots every time.

“Hopefully we will continue our success in sections and masters,” said Valencia.

The Warriors are headed to the Division II Championships on Oct. 27. Results from Wednesday’s meet will determine which swimmers will be headed to Shasta College this weekend to compete in the California Interscholastic Federation Northern Section Masters Swim Championship. The top 16 athletes from both the Division I and Divisions 2 championships qualify at Masters contenders.

*Kalyssa Grinbergs contributed to this article.

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