Stingrays coach Jennifer Chung gives her swimmers tips on technique following their race at the Stingrays Swim Meet.

Trail Stingrays make a splash at home meet

The Trail Stingrays Swim Club raced to first place among seven swim teams from across the Kootenays.

The Trail Stingrays dove into a new season with a splash as they swam to the top of the podium at the Stingrays home meet at the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre on the weekend.

“The kids definitely blew me away and surpassed my expectations for the first swim meet of the season,” said Stingrays coach Jennifer Chung. “We were able to come first place again, making this our second consecutive year of being undefeated and having the Jeli Orrell award.”

With 30 swimmers on board, including competitors from the TRAX swim club, the Stingrays captured the Jeli Orrell Award for finishing first out of seven Kootenay clubs with 587 points, and 15 individual medals. Castlegar came second with 466 points, while Grand Forks edged Nelson for third with 383 points.

It was an impressive accomplishment for the ‘Rays club that had only been training for three weeks prior to the meet, which went a couple weeks early this year.

“I’m very proud of how well everyone swam,” added Chung. “The majority of the (Stingrays) swimmers achieved several personal best times and they showed a lot of great sportsmanship.”


In Divison 1 Girls Kate Fricke won gold, while Hudson Welsh captured bronze in the boys category.

Division 2: Girls – Leah McNair claimed silver and in the Boys, Fionn Miller took home bronze.

Division 3: Boys- Reuben Demmler won silver and Ripley Shubert, bronze.

Divison 5: Girls- Juilana Zhou won silver.

Divison 6: Boys- Diego Greenwood claimed silver

O’Cat 2: Girls- Aby Elwood captured gold, Kayla Fraser also won gold, and in Boys Ian Markus topped the podium with a gold medal as well.

Divison 7: Girls- Jennifer Chung, Gold. Boys- Connor Dunham, Silver

Divison 8: Boys- Sharman Thomas, Gold; Jackson Konkin, Bronze

The Stingrays next meet goes in Nelson on June 3-4.


The Trail Stingrays Submitted photo

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