The Trail Stingrays girls relay team captured gold in the Open Category at the Regional Swim Meet in Colville last weekend. The team includes (from back left) Sloan Welsh

The Trail Stingrays girls relay team captured gold in the Open Category at the Regional Swim Meet in Colville last weekend. The team includes (from back left) Sloan Welsh

A strong finish for Trail Stingrays

The Trail Stingrays capped off a successful season with more medals at the Kootenay Regional Swim Meet in Colville on the weekend.

The sun shone on the Trail Stinrays on the weekend as they competed in the West Kootenay Regional Swim Meet at Colville’s outdoor pool.

The Stingrays sent a modest but results-oriented school of swimmers to the Colville Sharks meet in what was the final swim of the season for most of the Stingrays.

“I am still extremely pleased with the results and how incredibly well the swimmers swam on the weekend,” said Stingrays swim coach Jennifer Chung. “For most, it was their last swim meet of the season so they really pushed themselves hard and showed me their competitive drive.”

The Rays finished in sixth place overall, but swam 45 personal best times, and brought home over 50 aggregate medals.

“Its been a really fast but great season and I’m so proud of every single one of them and how much improvements they’ve made,” added Chung. “I’m very excited to see what the next season will bring.”

Juliana Zhou topped the Regional Meet highlights with a gold medal and provincial qualifying time (PQT) in the Division 4, 100-metre breaststroke of one minute and 26 seconds.

Ripley Shubert in Div. 3 took off a total of 20 seconds throughout the weekend, and Reuben Demmler in Div. 2 took off a total of 14 seconds in all four of his events.

Swimmers qualify for the BCSSA Provincial swim meet by placing in the top three of their race, or by beating the PQT.

The Stingrays Fionn Miller, Reuben Demmler, Juliana Zhou and Diego Greenwood will be competing at the BC Summer Swimming Provincials in Coquitlam, Aug. 19-21.