Garrett Matheson, a freshman on the Winters High School swim team, is the Athlete of the Week. Matheson competed in his first high school meet last week and made quite of an impression on his coaching staff.
“Garrett puts hard work into very practice and shows he’s committed to improving,” said coach D.J Tice.
“We were impressed that he wanted to swim the 200-yard individual medley at the first meet,” coach Maya Tice added.
Matheson placed second in the 200 IM with a person best time of 2:47.44.
Water Warriors make big splash in opening meet
It was a great way to start the new season for the Winters High School swim team. The Water Warriors traveled to Sutter to compete in a Butte View League Meet on Wednesday, Aug. 30, against eight other schools, and had a very successful day.
The boys team won the meet with a total of 121 points over second place Durham with 98. The girls placed sixth with 48 points.
“All our freshmen and new swimmers showed progress and competitiveness in their races with some close to qualifying times,” said coach Maya Tice. “Our upperclassmen are close to their fastest time from last year and helped to lead the team to second place overall at the meet.
“The girls team got fifth with only five swimmers and the boys team got first by 23 points. Overall, the team is showing great improvement going into the start of the season.”
The meet started with the girls 200 medley relay. The Winters team of Marin Spalding, Lilly Wirth, Ivett Arellano and Cara Baker made the top ten by placing sixth. The boys team of Ruben Valencia, Jacob Roberts, Sam Petersen and Alec Matheson to first place.
Arellano took first place in the girls 200 free with a winning time of 2:22.05, while Darian Lopez took second in the boys with a time of 2:11.16. Garrett Matheson placed second in the boys 200 IM with a time of 2:47.44. Baker made the top ten in the girls 50 free with a ninth place finish in 31.20. In the boys 50 free Valencia won gold at 23.48, Alec Matheson placed fourth in 24.96 and Petersen took sixth at 25.31.
Arellano shined again in the girls 100 fly with a second place finish at 1:12.46. Moises Garcia took sixth in the boys event in 1:39.12. In the girls 100 free Wirth placed sixth with a time of 1:13.05 and Spalding was ninth at 1:16.87.
In the boys 100 free Winters had four swimmers in the top ten out of 30 competitors. Valencia placed first in 52.11, Roberts took second in 54.26, Davis Cooper was sixth at 58.47 and Lopez was eighth at 59.04. In the girls 500 free Baker took fifth place with at time of 7:06.20, while Petersen placed fourth for the boys team in 6:35.32.
In the boys 200 free relay, Winters took second place with Tommy Guidici, Garrett Matheson, Lopez and Valencia clocking a 1:56.52. Emanuela Corria took ninth place in the girls 100 backstroke with a time of 1:39.33. Roberts won the boys event with a time of 1:05.94 and Alec Matheson took third in 1:11.69. Wesley Bryan placed eighth in the boys 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:30.36. Corria, Baker, Wirth and Arellano teamed up to win the girls 400 free relay with a winning time of 5:02.36, while the boys team of Garrett Matheson, Cooper, Petersen and Roberts took second place in the boys event with a time of 4:48.80.