With the meet schedule creeping closer to the regional championships, the Trail Stingrays continue to hone their skills in the pool.
Last weekend, the club took a good look at the site of next month’s regionals with the annual Castlegar Aquanauts Swim Meet in Castlegar.
With the pool also hosting the regionals on Aug. 8 and 9, it was a perfect opportunity for the swimmers to acclimatize themselves to the Castlegar swimming complex.
With that in mind, the Stingrays took full advantage posting several personal best times and collecting a total of six aggregate medals with members of the coaching staff leading by example.
Junior coach Diego Greenwood placed first in Div. 5; assistant coach of the Rossland program, Jennifer Chung, was first in Div. 7 and head coach Samme Beatson was third in Div. 8.
Following their coaches’ cues, Kayla Fraser took gold in the Open Category 2, Logan Blair was second in Div. 6 and Juliana Zhou was third in Div. 4.
Of note, Reuben Demmler had an amazing weekend with six personal best times taking off a total of 51 seconds in his races.
Not only did the Stingrays have success individually but some teamwork led to great results too.
The Div. 3 girls Freestyle Relay team of Paige Marrandino, Lea Boiridy-Graves, Avery Zanussi and Maddy Fraser, turned in a great swim and placed first overall. Congratulations to
Eight of Stingray swimmers and coaches – Logan Blair, Jaxzen Marion, Keandra Billingsley, Fraser, Zhou, Greenwood, Chung and Beatson – participated in the Miracle Mile relay race in which the group placed second out of seven teams with a time of 18:01.22.
The team heads to Kimberley this weekend for its next meet.