Swimming: Trail Stingrays set new standards

The Greater Trail Stingrays Swim Club garnered more great results at the Creston Invitational Swim Meet on the weekend.

The Greater Trail Stingrays Swim Club garnered more great results at the Creston Invitational Swim Meet on the weekend.

The Stingrays collected six aggregate medals, with Nicole Merry placing third in the girls Division 4, Diego Greenwood capturing second and Logan Blair taking home third out of the boys. Daniel Merry placed second in Div. 5 boys, and Cassidy Martin tied for second for Div 6 girls.

The Div. 4 girls 200-metre medley relay of Georgia Merry, Kayla Fraser, Keandra Billingsley, and Melissa Pitman smashed the 2011 record of 3:06.63 with a new time of 2:48.14. The Div. 4 girls 200-free relay with Georgia Merry, Fraser, Pitman, and Nicole Merry also beat last year’s record of 2:32.37 with a time of 2:21.63. Cassidy Martin beat her last year’s meet record in 100 fly by three seconds and finally, coach Beatson broke her last year’s 50 fly meet record with a time of 32.05.

Congratulations to Johmmy Hodgkins and Elijah Grebe for competing in The Eliminator. The Eliminator is a series of consecutive 50 freestyle races with swimmers who have a similar time. The last to finish is eliminated from the race. Elijah won a personal best time in the eliminator.

Hodgkins and James Robertson both had an exceptional swim meet. Hodgkins set four personal best times and took off a total of 26 seconds.

“This swim meet he was very focused on his technique for his races which helped him to succeed,” explained Beetson. “James swam 5-for-5 personal best times taking off a total of 28 seconds. James also learned that he was able to give 110% effort even if he wasn’t feeling very good and that this effort was sure to pay off.”

The Stingrays also placed third over all with 322 points, a great perfomance for the number of swimmers that attended.