Devin Tice and the Warriors concluded their swim season Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Northern Section California Interscholastic Federation (NSCIF) Masters Championship Meet. Showing no signs of rust from a pandemic-long hiatus from the pool, the small school made a big splash in the competition.
Not only was this the first full season since the pandemic began, it was also Tice’s first season as head coach. A former WHS swimmer himself, Tice reflected on diving into this new experience and finishing with his team at the masters meet.
“There was a lot of hard work and cooperation the teammates showed each other to win at so many meets and to place at the league championships. There were some challenges we endured in the season, but all persevered to prove themselves in the pool,” Tice said raving about his team. “I was impressed on how a lot of the kids dropped their times and even make it to the top-level meets.”
While the team swam away with win after win this season, seven of the Warriors qualified for the NSCIF masters meet on Oct. 30.
In the girls 500-yard freestyle, Mikaila Anello clocked in a time of 6:08.66 and took sixth.
Meanwhile, in the girls 200-yard individual medley, Ameila Doran finished in second with a time of 2:21.15.
Diego Valencia competed in the boys 50-yard freestyle and blazed into the finish line with a 23.98 taking fourth. He also took third in the boys 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.59.
The men’s relay squad of Trevor Grinsberg, Kenneth Matheson, Valencia and John Rominger raced in the 200-yard medley relay and took sixth with a time of 1:58.88. They also swam in the 200-yard freestyle relay and clocked in a time of 1:44.76 to take fifth.
Overall, the women’s squad scored a 56 while the men scored 107, tallying up to a total of 163 to take seventh overall in the championship out of 20 teams.
“These last two meets up at Shasta College in Redding had the best swimmers in the northern section and was really impressive to have Winters swimmers be there and compete,” said Tice. “I’m super proud that so many did well this year.”
Although they didn’t win the championship, the Winters Warriors athletes made their coach, school and their hometown proud.