A solid core of veteran swimmers led the Trail Stingrays Swim Club to another home-team victory at the Trail Aquatic Centre on the weekend.
The Trail team outdistanced six other pools at the meet, taking the overall team title.
“The meet went great this weekend, and for the third year in a row, the Trail Stingrays won their home meet,” said coach Ryan Gurney
Led by the 200-metre Free and Medley Relays, the Stingrays took nine, first-place finishes, six, second-place, and three, third place results in the relays alone.
“Relays are truly where the Stingrays excel because we have a very strong group of swimmers who have been swimming together for many years,” added Gurney.
The Division 4 boys and Div. 5 girls swept the podium, led by Martin Gonzalez and Jennifer Chung who each took home gold. The two also achieved Provincial Qualifying times in the 50-metre fly indicating they are among the top eight in the province in that event for their age group.
The Stingrays took top place with 1,006 points, followed by Castlegar Aquanauts, 904, and Grand Forks Piranhas, 520. The Kimberley Seahorses, Colville Sharks, Nelson Neptunes and Creston Wave rounded out competitors.
The Trail team won 16 aggregate medals up from 13 in last year’s win.
Dylan Kormandy nabbed gold in Div. 1, as did Eden Kormandy in Div. 3. In addition, Samme Beatson added another gold among veteran racers winning the Div. 7 aggregate.
Tess Markus and Jovan Santiago picked up silver in girls and boys Div. 3 respectively, while Kyla Frazer took bronze in Div. 2 and Josh Ballarin in Div. 3. Along with Gonzalez, Jerome Santiago won silver and Josh Zhang the bronze to complete the sweep in Div. 4.
In Div. 5 girls, Madison Green took home silver and Cassidy Martin bronze, to go with Chung’s gold.
In Div. 6 Eric Gonzalez was a silver medalist, while both Christine Cook and Ryan Gurney won bronze in Divs. 7 and 8.
The next swim meet for the Stingrays is Saturday and Sunday in Creston.