Stingrays open with big splash

Eight teams and over 220 swimmers from across the Kootenays and Okanagan gathered by the pool in Nelson over the weekend to compete in the season’s first swim meet.

The Nelson Neptunes ‘A’ event is a six-event meet, which means swimmers can compete in all six disciplines in one meet.

For the rest of the season, swimmers  compete in only four events per meet, so Nelson is an important gauge that allows swimmers to evaluate and select their best swims.

The 34 Stingrays that raced last weekend performed superbly, as the team came second to the Revelstoke Aquaducks.

“We narrowly missed out on first place at the meet,” said coach Ryan Gurney. “The Revelstoke team from the Okanagan brought over 40 swimmers and stole the meet in our own region.”

Expectations are high, after a very successful 2010 season in which Trail finished first in the Regionals as well as winning its own meet and taking top honours in Colville.

The Grand Forks ‘B’ meet hits the starting blocks on Saturday and the Stingrays meet swims at the aquatic centre June 18-19.

Aggregate winners:

Division 1 – Dylan Kormendy – Gold

Division 2 – Kayla Fraser – Silver

Division 3 – Eden Kormendy – Gold

Division 3 – Jovan Santiago – Silver

Division 4 – Sharman Thomas – Bronze

Division 5 – Cassidy Martin – Silver

Division 5 – Jennifer Chung – Gold

Division 6 – Oleg Liferovich – Bronze

Division 7 – Christine Cook – Silver

Division 7 – Samme Beatson – Gold