Chico girls, Shasta boys win Masters Swimming titles

 Shasta’s Skyler Royse swims Saturday in the Northern Section Masters at Shasta College. Royse won three events and earned Male Swimmer of the Meet honors (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)

When you think of sports dynasties, the New York Yankees, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots – or currently, the Golden State Warriors come to mind. Don’t forget the Chico High School girls swim program in that conversation.

The Panthers capped of another unbeaten season, winning the Northern Section Masters running – swimming – away with 459 points, easily outdistancing second-place Foothill’s 235 point total.

“I think they legacy extends beyond this four-year group of girls Chico coach Dene Ehrhart said shortly before her annual pool bath courtesy of the Panther team. “It is a force to be reckoned with and it’s a cool thing.”

The Chico girls, collectively or individually, won the 200-yard medley relay, the 200 individual medley, the 100 butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay. The swept the top three in the 200 IM and the rest of the result sheet is littered with Chico finishers earning points for the Panthers.

“The challenge for me has been to keep them excited,” Ehrhart said. “They’re humble and to make them feel like they deserve these is the challenge.”

The Shasta boys team repeated as Section champions with 348 points, well ahead of Pleasant Valley’s 255 and Chico’s 237.5

“We had 22 seniors graduate last year and I’m always a realistic goal-setting and I did not expect us to rebound like that. I have to stop thinking that way,” said Wolves coach Jim Stack, who also took home boys Coach of the Year. “We lost so many strong boys from last year. I was trying to evaluate what our goals should be. It was at the league meet when we only lost to Chico by 3 that I thought ‘We have a chance.’ ”

Sykler Royse, who took Male Swimmer of the Meet honors, was a three-event winner. Foothill’s Olivia Parham was the Female Swimmer of the Meet, winning the 100 backstroke and 50 free. The Cougars’ Jessica Rowe was the Girls Coach of the Year.

But the story of the meet really was the Panther girls. The Chico seniors have not lost a meet and MacKenzie Hutler, a four-time winner Saturday, said she and her teammates were determined not keep that streak alive.

“It’s absolutely pressure, but I think it helps us to swim faster and brings us together as we’re freaking out but also cheering each other on,” she said.

Hutler won the 200 IM relay along with Amy Harter, Jordan Deas and Emily Hull in1 minute, 57.85 seconds.

“My medley relay was stacked. We had four seniors who I’ve grown up with. Emily, Amy, Jordan, I’ve known them forever and seen their strokes evolve.” Hutler said. “That’s probably my favorite relay to be a part of. It’s a sprint so you already have that adrenaline flowing through you and then to do it with family pumps you up even more.”

Hutler also won the 200 IM in 2:14.65 and the 100 butterfly in 59.54 and the 400 free relay with senior Harter and freshmen Sienna Cross and Maddie Smith in 3:53.32.

“My butterfly was my best time and it felt awesome,” Hutler said. “I was kind of screaming in my head to go fast and I felt prepared for that race.”

Other multiple race winners included Foothill’s Parham winning the 50 free in 25.01, the 100 back in 1:00.00, and Cougars freshman Sophie Lazaraton winning the 500 freestyle in 5:28. 51 and the 200 free in 2:02.50.

Red Bluff’s Jayne Brandt win the 100 free in 54.23 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.31.

Along with Royse, Chico’s Aaron Hull was a multiple event winner, taking the 200 free in 1:49.79, the 100 butterfly in 54.51. Royse won the 500 free in 5:02.34, the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.91 and was part of the 400 free relay that won in 3:29.49.

“Last year, we had very vocal leaders, my son being one of them, but he’s just a different leader,” Stack said of Royse. “You watched his professionalism in practice; you saw it at the meets especially. He did it by his actions and that works just as well.”

Team Totals
Girls – Chico, 459; Foothill, 235; Shasta, 207; U-Prep, 170; Pleasant Valley, 162; Red Bluff, 143; Paradise, 140; Durham,  106; American Christian Academy, 90; Orland, 82.

Boys – Shasta, 348; PV, 255; Chico, 237.5; U-Prep, 215.5; Paradise, 200; Durham, 154; West Valley, 122; Winters, 108; Redding Christian, 72; Foothill, 69.

Girls Event Winners
200 Individual Medley Relay – Chico, 157.85; Foothill, 1:58.86; U-Prep, 2:03.54; Red Bluff, 2:04.51, Shasta, 2:05.91.

200 Freestyle – Sophie Lazaraton, Foothill, 2:02.50; Kelly Ludlow, U-Prep, 2:06.93; Taryn Monnot, Oroville, 2:08.42; Ruby Testerman, Orland, 2:09.05; Sienna Cross, Chico, 2:09.83.

200 Individual Medley – MacKenzie Hutler, Chico, 2:14.65; McKenna Winzenz, Chico, 2:24. 66; Emily Hull, Chico, 2:27.86; Hannah Kozlowski, American Christian Academy, 2:30.33; Caroline Kikut, Shasta, 2:30.71.

50 Freestyle – Olivia Parham, Foothill, 25.01; Amy Harter, Chico, 25.33; Lauren Kalsbeek, Central Valley, 25.92; Kira Porzio, Foothill, 25.94; Ella Farris, PV, 26.65.

200 Butterfly – Mackenzie Hutler, Chico, 59.54; Hannah Kozlowski, American Christian, 1:02.30; McKenna Winzenz, Chico, 1:04.87; Jordan Deas, Chico, 1:06.11; Taryn Monnot, Oroville, 1:06.51.

100 Freestyle – Jayne Brandt, Red Bluff, 54.23; Ella Farris, PV, 58.52; Kendy Morphew, U-Prep, 59.11; Maddie Smith, Chico, 59.12; Kira Porzio, Foothill, 59.42.

500 Freestyle – Sophie Lazaraton, Foothill, 5:28.51; Lauren Kalsbeek, CV, 5:38.98; Kelly Ludlow, U-Prep, 5:43.60; Sienna Cross, Chico, 5:49. 94; Abbey Lair, Red Bluff, 5:51.42.

200 Freestyle Relay – Foothill, 1:44.89; Red Bluff, 1:49.19; Chico, 1:50.21; Shasta, 1:55.19; Pleasant Valley, 1:56.28.

100 Backstroke – Olivia Parham, Foothill, 1:00.00; Amy Harter, Chico, 1:02.94; Kendy Morphew, U-Prep, 1:06.36; Brooke Barkley, Shasta, 1:07.84; Rachel Brennan, Paradise, 1:08.75.

100 Breaststroke – Jayne Brandt, Red Bluff, 1:05.31; Emily Hull, Chico, 1:13.95; Danielle Walkup, Orland, 1:14.94; Isabel Bourne, Chico, 1:15.56; Alli Newton, Sutter, 1:15.61.

400 Freestyle Relay – Chico, 3:53.32; U-Prep, 4:03.15; Shasta, 4:10.95; Paradise, 4:14.89; American Christian, 4:27.09.

Boys Event Winners
200 IM Relay – Chico, 1:44.84; Shasta, 1:47.64; U-Prep 1:48.60; PV, 1:49.59; Durham, 1:50.02.

200 Freestyle – Aaron Hull, Chico, 1:49.79; Scott Bright, U-Prep, 1:54.41; David Lee, Shasta, 1:58.77; Tyler Jones, Durham, 2:00.32; John Parker, Shasta, 2:00.63.

200 Individual Medley – Jaxon Balken, Chico, 2:00.96; Jackson Black, Redding Christian, 2:07.64; Colton Agedeppa, Shasta, 2:09.42; Maddox Schweitzer, Durham, 2:09. 79; Austin Metroka, PV, 2:17.59.

50 Freestyle – Sam Warthen, PV, 22.68; JR Ohlin, U-Prep, 23.28; Liam Parrot, Paradise, 23.91; Ruben Valencia, Winters, 24.01; Tyler Wakefield, Shasta, 24.08.

100 Butterfly – Aaron Hull, Chico, 54.51; Colton Agedeppa, Shasta, 56.80; Ethan Vlach, Orland, 57.42; JR Ohlin, U-Prep, 58.57; Can Pascal, Las Plumas, 58.85.

100 Freestyle – Gabriel Tersigni, Chico, 50.41; Tyler Jones, Durham, 52.14; Ruben Valencia, Winters, 52.45; Spencer Flynn, Mercy, 54.50, David Cheng, PV, 54.51.

500 Freestyle – Skyler Royse, Shasta, 5:02.34; Zack O’Connor, Chico, 5:13.91; Can Pascal, Las Plumas, 5:24.70; John Parker, Shasta, 5:31.53; Hunter McGuire, PV, 5:39.77.

200 Freestyle Relay – Pleasant Valley, 1:36.09; Winters, 1:37.41; Shasta, 1:37.52; Paradise, 1:37.79; West Valley, 1:39.04.

100 Backstroke – Jaxon Balken, Chico, 54.46; Jackson Black, 56.60; Zack O’Connor, Chico, 1:00.73; Spencer Flynn, 1:01.89; Austin Metroka, PV, 1:04.59.

100 Breaststroke – Skyler Royse, Shasta, 1:02.90; Sam Warthen, PV, 1:03.30; Gabriel Tersigni, Chico, 1:04.31; Scott Bright, U-Prep, 1:04.31; Maddox Schweitzer, Durham, 1:05.98.

400 Freestyle Relay – Shasta, 3:29.49; Durham, 3:35.36; U-Prep, 3:36.90; West Valley, 3:47.78; Pleasant Valley, 3:51.81.

About Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. In addition to coaching freshman football, Williams is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football team.

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