Trail Stingrays: Great start for Trail swim club

Trail Stingrays place third in first meet of the season in Nelson.

The Trail Stingrays Swim Club clocked in some great times as it opened its season at the Nelson Neptunes Swim Meet on the weekend.

The Stingrays placed third out of eight teams overall, racking up 255 points with 16 swimmers. It was a significant result averaging about 15 points per swimmer, or the equivalent of two first place finishes, explained Stingrays coach Samme Beatson in an email.

“This is an outstanding result as we won more points than the Nelson Neptunes at their home meet with half as many swimmers on our team.”

The team captured four overall medals with Juliana Zhou taking home bronze in div. 3 girls, while Diego Greenwood claimed silver in div. 5 boys, and Elijah Grebe won silver in div. 7 boys. Assistant coach Maddie Green had an excellent meet, capturing gold in Open Category 2.

“Everyone from the Stingrays team swam best times since last season, with nine swimmers winning personal bests in all of their events.

“It was the first swim meet for Olivia Bruce who swam all of her races very well. There were only four disqualifications, most due to new season jitters, which is outstanding for the first meet of the season,” added Beatson.

Fionn Miller, a novice six-and-under swimmer, was one of the Stingrays to swim a personal best time in all of his events and took off a total of one minute and 29 seconds from his last year times.

The Stingrays travel to Grand Forks this weekend for the B meet and a chance for developing swimmers to get their feet wet and ready for competition.

Trail will host its own meet the following weekend, June 14-15 at the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

Hosting a swim meet is a lot of work and the Stingrays will need many volunteers and parents to help with a variety of jobs from time keeping and judging, to entering results, and supervising the marshalling and team tent areas, as well as ensuring your young swimmers make it to their races on time.

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