Trail Stingrays open with big splash

Trail Stingrays were triumphant in their first meet of the season.

If the Trail Stingrays swim team’s first meet of the season with new head coach Samme Beatson is any indication of things to come, the swim team is in for a very successful year.

The Stingrays topped all other teams including an upstart Revelstoke Aquaducks swim team that invaded the West Kootenay determined to take home top spot.

But the Rays prevailed amassing 816 points over the two-day meet, while the Aquaducks took second with 675 and Castlegar third with 349.

“We had an amazing meet this weekend,” said Beatson. “We had lots of aggregate medals as well. The team achieved countless best times, including many individuals who set best times in the 50 freestyle race on Saturday and bettered them still in the freestyle relays on Sunday.”

It was a great start to the swim season for the Rays, even first-time meet goers like Amie, Kiri and Tayne Steven, Logan Blair, T. J. Worsley, and Elijah Grebe preformed courageously, said Beatson.

“I am incredibly proud of the team’s performance, and I can’t wait to see even more improvement over the season.”

Next up is the Grand Forks meet this weekend followed by the Trail Stingrays Swim Meet hitting the pool June 16-17 at the Trail Aquatic Centre.

Results:

Dylan Kormendy placed first overall for Division 1 boys, while Ian Markus was runner up in Div. 2 boys. Eden Kormendy took top spot overall and Kayla Fraser placed third in Div. 3 girls and Diego Greenwood placed first and Josh Ballarin second for Div 3 boys, In Div. 4 girls, Tess Markus came second, while Sharman Thomas placed third for Div. 4 boys. Jennifer Chung took the Div. 5 girls aggregate and Madison Green placed second. Martin Gonzalez raced to second in Div. 5 boys, Megan Robertson placed second in Div. 6 girls, as Eric Gonzalez claimed first overall in Div. 6 boys and Timothy Chung third.