For the first time since 2013, the Winters High School boys swim team finished in the top two of the Northern Section Division II Championship meet. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Water Warriors traveled to West Valley High School in Cottonwood to compete against the top swimmers in their division and had a very successful day.
The boys team was runner up, taking second place to University Prep, posting 283 points on the board to Prep’s 329. The girls team was just as impressive considering the lack of numbers they have taking fourth place with 159.
“Our boys team is runner-up!” said coach Maya Tice. “We were leading the boy’s leaderboard by close to 40 points up until the 100 backstroke event. Very impressive for our team and I am very excited for them. We haven’t had a boys team score at this meet (within the top two) since 2013. Such a big moment for them and I’m so proud.
“Our girls, with only eight competitors, were able to score fourth place overall. I’m so proud of what they have accomplished this year.”
Some of the highlights for the boys team were Jacob Roberts winning a section title in the 100 free with a time of 50.50 and Ruben Valencia winning the section title in the 50 free in 23.25. Sam Petersen swam the 100 fly in 59.84 for a fourth place finish and Davis Cooper dropped four seconds in his 200 free time of 2:10.38.
The boys 200 medley relay team of Valencia, Roberts, Petersen and Alec Matheson had a great showing taking second place in 1:49.90 and the 400 free relay team of Roberts, Cooper, Petersen and Valencia also placed second with a time of 3:33.54.
Highlighting the girls’ success was Ivett Arellano dropping two seconds in the 200 free with a time of 2:19.71 for a third place finish. Cara Baker dropped two seconds in the same event for a time of 2:31.50 making the top ten. Baker also dropped six seconds in the 500 free clocking a 6:48.22 for a ninth place finish, while Marin Spalding dropped six seconds as well in the 500 for a time of 7:05.44. The girls 400 free relay team of Spalding, Baker, Arellano and Emmanuela Corria clocked their best time of the season finishing third with a time of 4:38.44.
The girls 200 medley relay team of Lilly Wirth, Jules Jiminez, Arellano and Baker had a fourth place finish with a time of 2:15.45. Wirth posted a time of 2:34.24 in the girls 200 free. Roberts took third in the boys event in 1:57.06, Darian Lopez was eighth at 2:08.62 and Cooper made the top ten in 2:10.38. Garrett Matheson posted a time of 2:47.67 in the boys 200 IM. Alec Matheson took fourth place in the boys 50 free with a time of 24.47, followed closely by Petersen in fifth at 24.75. In the girls event Jiminez took sixth place with a time of 27.88.
Arellano got the silver in the girls 100 fly with a time of 1:11.17. Valencia took silver in the boys 100 free with a time of 50.89, Alec Matheson took sixth at 55.51, Cooper was eighth at 56.49 and Garrett Matheson clocked a 1:00.68.
In the boys 500 free, Lopez placed seventh in 5:55.08, Tommy Guidici posted a time of 6:39.85 followed by Montgomery MacMahon at 6:45.53, while in the girls 100 free Jiminez had a fifth place finish with a time of 1:20.73. The girls 200 free relay team of Soya Kangvanwanich, Valeria Ceja, Corria and Spalding made the top ten with a time of 2:21.12, while the boys team of Noah Holmes, Cooper, Lopez and Alec Matheson took the bronze with a time of 1:43.53.
The Warriors competed in the Masters Meet as well against the rest of the Northern Section swimmers on Saturday, Oct. 28. The results for that meet will be in next week’s paper.