Stingrays storm Colville meet

Despite swimming in stormy weather, the Trail Stingrays Swim Club put in a great effort at the pool in Colville on the weekend.

Despite swimming in stormy weather, the Trail Stingrays Swim Club put in a great effort at the pool in Colville last the weekend.

“All the swimmers were courageous enough to swim their races in the outdoor pool in the chilly water and through torrential downpour,” said coach Samme Beatson. “Swimmers even swam impressive best times with some taking up to 13 seconds off in their races.”

Many Trail swimmers competed for the first time in 100-metre races including Nicole Merry and Diego Greenwood for the 100-metre butterfly, Maddy Fraser, Juliana Zhou and Paige Marrandino for the 100 breaststroke, and Issy and Olivia Ady for swimming the 100 freestyle.

Josh Ballarin and Greenwood opted to do an exhibition relay of only two swimmers rather than the requisite four so that each had to swim twice in a row.

Ballarin  then competed in the “Guts and Glory” 400-m Individual Medley (IM) race at the end of the meet and placed second after a swimmer from the Penticton Pikes won it.  Ballarin finished the race with a time of 6:24.7.

Greenwood placed second in Div. 4 boys, while more Aggregate medals went to Juliana Zhou who placed third in Div. 3, Nicole Merry who placed third in Div. 4 girls, Samme Beatson who placed third in Div. 8, and Kayla Fraser and Maddie Green who tied for third in Open Category 2.  Jen Chung placed second in Open Category 2.

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