Record breaking swims for Stingrays

A small but powerful contingent of Trail Stingrays posted the fastest swims ever at the Creston Swim Meet on the weekend.

A small but powerful contingent of Trail Stingrays posted the fastest swims ever for their respective age groups at the Creston Swim Meet on the weekend.

Six swimmers drove over the Kootenay Pass to compete in the meet and returned  home with seven meet records to their credit, and 14 personal best times with only two disqualifications.

“I am very proud of the swimmers performances over the weekend and glad that the training has been paying off,” said Rays’ Head Coach Samme Beatson in an email.

“This meet has made me very optimistic for the rest of the season.”

Elijah Grebe broke the meet record in Division 6 boys 200 Individual Medley (IM) by a full second with his time of three minutes and 28.83 seconds. Diego Greenwood then beat the Div. 5 100-m backstroke record with his time of 1:13.43, while assistant Coach Jennifer Chung set the record in the open category for the 50 breaststroke with her time of 32.50.

Head Coach Beatson meanwhile smashed two meet records in the 50 and 100-metre butterfly, while the Div. 8 girls relay team of Keandra Billingsley, Madison Green, Chung and Beatson shattered meet records in the medley relay by an amazing seven seconds, and the free relay by five seconds.

Greenwood, Grebe, Chung, Green and Beatson all claimed aggregate medals and Connor Bruce also swam incredibly well in his first meet.

Greenwood participated in the eliminator swim at the end of the meet, swimming a personal best time in the first heat.

The Stingrays also included two athletes from the Colville Valley Swim Club who traveled to the meet with the Trail team to compete.