Water Warriors honored at awards ceremony

The award winners for the Winters High School Swim team are, from left, coach DJ Tice, Davis Cooper, Jacob Roberts, Ivett Arellano, Darian and coach Maya Tice. Photo by Tracey Matheson

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It was a time for the Water Warriors to reflect on their successful season and to give special recognition to a few swimmers who received individual awards. An awards ceremony was held at Jeff and Tracey Matheson’s house on Nov. 4.

The Winters High School boys swim team won the Butte View League Championship this year and the girls team placed fourth.

“All the swimmers awarded were well deserved after my assistant coach D.J. Tice and I reviewed our season,” said coach Maya Tice.

Davis Cooper received the Most Improved Award.

“Davis has made leaps and bounds in not only this season but in the past three seasons,” Tice said. “He became one of our strongest swimmers this year.”

Jacob Roberts received the Most Valuable Swimmer Award.

“Jacob was a very influential player in our boy’s league win and division II runner-up,” Tice said. “His ability to swim a variety of events was valuable to the team.”

Ivett Arellano earned the Senior Scholar Athlete Award and the Coaches Award.

“Ivett has always been a hard worker and encourages her teammates,” Tice said.  “She’s everything a coach expects out of an athlete.”

Darian Lopez received the Rookie of The Year Award.

“Darian was one of our strongest freshmen swimmers this season,” said Tice. “He made it to the NSCIF Masters meet for both of his individual events the 200 and 500 freestyle which is very impressive for his first season.

“We also honored Bobbie Greenwood who will be turning 100 years young this November. She has been so influential with the swim program since it began in 1962. We love having her at all of our meets.”

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