Winters swim team competes at Masters

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Alec Matheson uses his wide wing span to push himself to the front of the pack in the butterfly during a recent home Winters High School swim meet. Photo by Ken Stewart.

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It was another very successful day for the Winters High School swim team as they traveled to Shasta College on Saturday, Oct. 28, to compete in the Northern Section Masters Swim Meet. The Water Warriors were just one of 19 schools competing at the meet and they made their presence known.

The boys team took fourth place overall behind Shasta, Pleasant Valley and Chico High Schools, all division one teams that quadruple Winters enrollment. The girls team placed 10th with just a handful of swimmers.

“This was a very successful meet for us,” said coach Maya Tice.

Some of the highlights for the Warriors included Jacob Roberts placing third in the 100 free in 50.64. Ruben Valencia placed seventh place in 52.23. Alec Matheson also competed in the 100 free and clocked a personal best time 53.71 and placed ninth. Cara Baker swam her season goal and had a personal best time in the 500 free with a time of 6:36.75. Jules Jiminez swam a season best time in the 100 breast stroke in 1:20. 03.

The boys 200 free relay team of Tommy Guidici, Davis Cooper, Darian Lopez and Matheson placed sixth with a season best time of 1:42.85, while the girls 400 free relay team of Lilly Wirth, Marin Spalding, Baker and Ivett Arellano clocked their season best time of 4:32.04 for a fourth place finish.

The meet started with the girls 200 medley relay team of Wirth, Jiminez, Arellano and Baker clocking a time of 2:14.99 for an eighth place finish. The boys team of Valencia, Roberts, Sam Petersen and Matheson took fourth place with a time of 1:48.54.

Arellano took 12th place in the girls 200 free with a time of 2:20.35. Roberts placed fifth in the boys event with a time of 1:56.14, Lopez placed 10th in 2:05.75 and Cooper had a time of 2:12.36. Jiminez swam a 27.96 in the girls 50 free. Valencia took sixth place in the boys 50 free with a time of 23.25, Matheson was ninth in 24.37 and Petersen made the top ten with a time of 24.66.

Arellano made the top ten in the girls 100 fly with a time of 1:11.49, while Petersen took eighth place in the boys event with a time of 1:00.13. Cooper posted a time of 56.95 in the boys 100 free and Lopez had a time of 5:48.88 in the boys 500 free. In the boys 400 free relay, the Winters team of Valencia, Cooper, Petersen and Roberts had a sixth place finish with a time of 3:36.69.

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