The Trail Stingrays finally fell from top spot, but it didn’t stop them from having another amazing week in the pool.
After four straight swim meet wins, the Stingrays placed second overall to the host Castlegar Aquanauts’ at the Sports Complex on the weekend, but that was far from disappointing for Stingray coach Samme Beatson.
“Our team had another amazing swim meet in Castlegar. There were many medals, some meet records, and lots of best times.”
The Stingrays set five meet records on the weekend with Eden Kormendy breaking the Div. 3 girls records for 100-metre individual medley (IM) and 50-metre breaststroke. In swim time, Dylan Kormendy smashed the Div. 1 boys records for 50 backstroke and 100 IM each by a full second, while James Pilla completely annihilated the record for the Div. 8 men’s 100-metre fly by a whopping seven seconds.
The Stingrays also repeated as the Mile Relay champs. The team of Oleg Liferovich, Maddie Green, Sam Theobald, Jennifer Chung, Timothy Chung, Martin Gonzalez, Eric Gonzalez and James Pilla, each swam 4 x 50 m. for a total of 64 lengths of the pool in 16 minutes and four seconds.
In Div. 1 Dylan Kormendy placed first and Paige Marrandino third. In Div 2 Ian Markus placed second while in Div. 3 Aby Elwood received bronze, the first aggregate medal of her swimming career, and Eden Kormendy tied for gold with Evonne Stehr from the Collville Sharks. In Div. 3 boys, Josh Ballarin took top spot and Diego Greenwood nabbed silver. In Div. 5, Jennifer Chung and Martin Gonzalez placed won gold, and Maddie Green tied for silver with Nicole Nuyten from the Grand Forks Piranhas. In Div. 6 Eric Gonzalez paced first, and finally in Div. 8 girls Sam Grebe claimed gold while for the boys James Pilla tied for gold with Nick Welychko from the Castlegar Aquanauts.