Trail Stingrays dominate in Creston pool

The Trail Stingrays continue their winning streak, this time at the Creston Wave Swim Meet.

The Trail Stingrays continued their torrid pace in the pool last weekend as they swam to another team victory at the Creston Wave Swim Meet.

The Stingrays have won three major meets this season including Nelson, Trail and now Creston and will look to continue the streak in Colville July 7.

“Last weekend’s meet in Creston was absolutely amazing and nearly disqualification-free,” said Stingray coach Samme Beatson.

The Stingrays amassed 405 points with Castlegar Aquanauts coming in second at 325 and Kimberley Seahorses in third at 215.

One of the highlights at this meet was the eliminator challenge for the 50m freestyle.

The format groups the swimmers in two divisions – Div. 1 to 3 and Div. 4 and over.

The top six times for each group were selected to compete. Every round the last-place finisher would be eliminated resulting in five rounds of racing.

The Stingrays dominated the event with Eden Kormendy winning the junior girls’ race, Josh Ballarin won the junior boys, Jennifer Chung won the senior girls, and Oleg Liferovich came a very close second in the senior boys.

“All of the stingrays who participated in this event showed amazing stamina and made our club proud,” Beatson added.

Meanwhile Paige Marrandino and Dylan Kormendy won grand aggregate trophies in girls and boys Division 1. Ian Markus took top honours in Div. 2, and Eden Kormendy and Josh Ballarin won it all in Div. 3. Tess Markus topped the podium in Div. 4, Jennifer Chung and Martin Gonzalez added to their trophy case by winning it all in Div. 5 and Oleg Liferovich came first overall in Div. 6. Diego Greenwood was runner up in Div. 3, and Sharman Thomas placed second in Div. 4, while in Div. 6 Cassidy Martin placed second and Timothy Chung third.

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