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It was the second day of the GVL Championship Swim Meet at Bobbie Greenwood Community Pool, and the Winters Water Warriors continued to shine. Ruben Valencia led the Winters team, breaking two more individual championship meet records and bringing his career total to nine. He also helped a relay team break another.

On Sunday, July 23, Valencia broke a 2013 record in the boys 13-14 100 free with a time of 53.19, broke the 50 fly 2003 record with a time of 25.99 and teamed up with brother Diego Valencia, Tommy Guidici and Darian Lopez to break the 2005 record in the boys 13-14  200 free relay with a time of 1:46.26.

The day started with Maci Dodic winning event number 45, the girls 7-8 50 free. Chase Gibson won the boys event followed by Harper Brown in second. Dodic also placed second in the 25-yard breast stroke. Gibson won the boys event and Harper placed third. Dodic took another gold in the 25 fly and Grace McLaughlin came in third place, while Joseph Hawkins placed second in the boys event. The 100 free relay team of Angelina Passantino, McLaughlin, Ava Estepa and Dodic won gold for the girls, while Hawkins, Logan Anello, Christopher Rodriguez and Gibson took silver for the boys team.

In the 9-10 girls 50 free, Isabella Jurado took third place for Winters, while Trevor Grinbergs and Lane Brown took first and second respectively for the boys. Grinbergs took second in the 25 breast stroke. Brown was second in the 25 fly. The girls 100 free relay team of Mikaila Anello, Bella Laukkanen, Katie Rodriguez and Jurado placed second, while the boys team of Nikolas Garcia, Harper Brown, Lane Brown and Grinbergs won gold.

Marcus Lopez took second place in the boys 11-12 100 free with Colton Brown following at third. Brown also took third in the 50 breast stroke. In the girls 200 free relay Dodic, Rodriguez, Ava Skinner and Kalyssa Grinbergs teamed up for a second place finish, while the boys team of Lopez, John Rominger, Brown and Joel Barrera got the silver as well.

In the boys 13-14, Winters swept the top three with Ruben Valencia, Darian Lopez and Diego Valencia taking first, second and third respectively. In the girls 50 breast stroke, Paige Davis took second place, while in the boys event Lopez took first and Diego Valencia was second. Davis also took second place in the girls 50 fly, while Ruben and Diego Valencia took first and second respectively for the boys.

In the 15-18 age group, Taylor Davis and Casey Cox took gold and silver respectively, while Jacob Roberts and Alec Matheson respectively did the same in the boys group. In the 50 breast stroke, Cox took second place followed by Davis in third for the girls and Roberts won the boys event.

In the 50 fly for the girls, Davis won gold and Cox took the silver. In the boys Roberts won the gold and Angel Vital got the bronze. The day ended with Winters winning both the girls and the boys 200 free relay with Paige Davis, Marin Spaldin, Janina Jurado and Taylor Davis making up the girls team and Kyle Gardiner, Vital, Matthew Jurado and Roberts teaming up for the boys.

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