Water Warriors host championship meet

Winters Swim Team hosts championship event, new records set.
Natalie Rominger (left) and Emily Dodic fight to the finish in the butterfly even at a recent Winters Swim Team home meet.

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In a two-day event, the Winters Water Warriors Swim Team hosted the league championship meet at Bobbie Greenwood Pool and watched two Winters swimmers break meet records. Jacob Roberts won the boys 15-18 50 yard freestyle with a record time of 24.03 in the finals , while Ruben Valencia broke the boys 13-14 50 yard back stroke time  of 28.87 in the preliminaries.

The meet started on Saturday, July 22, and finished on Sunday, July 23. This article will focus on the Saturday events and will show Sunday’s results next week. On Saturday, there were 44 events, starting with 6 & Under swimmers to the 15-18 age group.

In the 6 & U mixed 25 kickboard event, Kosta Glaros took first place followed by Frances Lundy and Zoey Neal at second and third respectively. In the girls 6 & U 25 free, Kale Ann Meyers won gold. In the boys 25 backstroke, Anton Ogando took second place and Tony Passantino was third. In the mixed 100 free relay, Winters placed third with Gabriella Morales, Alison Hawkins, Passantino and Aiden Estepa teaming up

In the 7-8 age group, Maci Dodic won the girls 25 free, while Chase Gibson won the boys event. Dodic took second place in the 25 backstroke for the girls, while Gibson won the boys event. In the girls 100 medley relay, Winters took second place with Ava Estepa, Angelina Passantino, Dodic and Grace McLaughlin teaming up.

For the 9-10 age group, Trevor Grinbergs won the boys 100 IM and Lane Brown followed in second place. Isabella Jurado made the top three in the girls 25 free, while Grinbergs won the boys event, with Brown placing third. In the 25 backstroke, Brown won gold, with Grinbergs following with a silver. In the 100 medley relay, Winters’ Mikaila Anello, Katie Rodriguez, Bella Laukkanen and Jurado teamed up for a third place finish.

The 11-12 age group had Colton Brown taking third place in the boys 100 IM. Emily Dodic won the girls 50 free, while Marcus Lopez and Brown placed second and third respectively. Kalyssa Grinbergs placed third in the girls 50 backstroke and Brown took the silver in the boys event. The girls 200 medley relay team of Grinbergs, Lily Back, Dodic and Annie Rodriguez took third place, while the boys team of Brown, Lopez, John Rominger and Joel Barrera took the sliver in second place.

Winters showed a strong presence in the 13-14 age group with Paige Davis placing second in the girls 100 IM. Diego Valencia won the boys event followed by Darian Lopez in second place. Winters swept the boys 50 free with Ruben Valencia taking gold, Diego Valencia winning silver and Lopez capturing the bronze. The Valencia brothers took the top two spots again in the boys 50 backstroke with Ruben taking first and Diego placing second. In the boys 200 medley relay, Winters won gold with Ruben Valencia, Eithyn Mello, Matthew Jurado and Lopez teaming up.

The 15-18 age group had Taylor Davis winning the girls 100 IM and Casey Cox placing second. Jacob Roberts won the boys event. In the girls 50 free, Cox took the gold with Davis earning silver. Roberts won the boys event followed by Alec Matheson in second. Cox and Davis took first and second respectively in the girls 50 backstroke, while Roberts and Matheson took first and second respectively in the boys event. The day finished off with the 200 medley relay event and Winters winning both the girls and the boys events. Cox, Paige Davis, Taylor Davis and Janina Jurado won the girls, while Kyle Gardiner, Roberts, Matheson and Angel Vital won the boys event.

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