In a very competitive meet, the Winters High School swim team more than held their own on Wednesday, Sept. 13, placing third overall with the boys team placing first against five other schools. Winters traveled to Durham High School to take on the host team along with West Valley, Paradise, Orland and Sutter High Schools.
The boy’s team took first place with 129 points to the second place Paradise with 114, while the girls were able to total 54 points to help give the Warriors an overall third place finish.
“We saw a lot of the competition this week from our league, and even one from our section,” said coach Maya Tice. “It was a very fast meet and strong competition for our team.”
Coach DJ Tice added, “It was great to see our swimmers race all the people next to them at a tough mid-season meet. I was quite pleased with how well our boys team did in a meet where a win was hard to come by, and with the girls team scoring 54 points with only four swimmers causing a dent in the other competition.”
The meet started with the girls 200 medley relay with Marin Spalding, Lilly Wirth, Ivett Arellano and Cara Baker teaming up for a sixth place finish with a time of 2:30.82. The boys put two teams in the event with Ruben Valencia, Jacob Roberts, Sam Petersen and Darian Lopez placing third in 1:54.32, while Montgomery MacMahon, Noah Holmes, Moises Garcia and Garrett Matheson placed sixth at 2:34.09.
In the girls 200 free, Arellano took second place with a time of 2:23.18, Baker placed sixth in 2:38.51 and Wirth made the top ten in 2:41.94. In the boys 200 Lopez took third place in 2:12.25 and Davis Cooper was fourth in 2:14.31.
Garrett Matheson took sixth place in the boys 200 IM with a time of 2:49.78, while Tommy Guidici followed in seventh with a time of 2:51.65. Valencia won the boys 50 free with a time of 23.18, while Alec Matheson followed in second at 25.14.
For the girls 100 fly, Arellano took second place in 1:12.78 and Petersen took second for the boys with a time of 1:04.60. Wirth placed fifth in the girls 100 free with a time of 1:10.90. In the boys event, the Warriors took the top three spots with Roberts posting a winning time of 53.94, Cooper took second at 57.68 and Alec Matheson was third in 57.70. In the 500 free, Baker placed fourth for the girls with at time of 7:04.14, while Spalding was fifth at 7:21.84. Lopez placed second for the boys event with a time of 5:51.48.
In the 200 free relay, Winters once again had two boys teams competing with Alec Matheson, Petersen, Roberts and Valencia placing first with a winning time of 1:37.73, while the team of Wesley Bryan, Angel Vital, Guidici and Cooper placed fifth in 1:57.72.
Valencia had another first place finish, this time in the boys 100 backstroke, with a winning time of 1:01.70. Roberts took second in the boys 100 breaststroke in 1:11.26 and Guidici placed ninth in 1:26.24. In the 400 free relay, the girls team of Baker, Wirth, Spalding and Arellano clocked a winning time of 4:43.62, while the boys team of Alec Matheson, Garrett Matheson, Cooper and Lopez took second place with a time of 4:03.57.