Trail Stingrays ride wave of success

The Trail Stingrays came second at the Grand Forks Swim Meet on Saturday despite a pared down squad

Trail Stingrays swimmer Charlie O’Hearn-Stone captured silver at the Grand Forks Swim Meet on the weekend.

Trail Stingrays swimmer Charlie O’Hearn-Stone captured silver at the Grand Forks Swim Meet on the weekend.

The Trail Stingrays Swim Club put up strong performances at the Grand Forks meet on Saturday.

With a pared-down squad, the Stingrays still swam to second place overall with 158 points, while the home team, Grand Forks, captured the overall aggregate with 228 points. Colville finished third, 133 points, with Nelson, Castlegar, and Creston rounding out the results.

“We sent a smaller group than usual but nonetheless, they were all still very eager to swim,” said Stingrays coach Jennifer Chung. “Many dropped major amounts of time and showed excellent performances. This meet is great because it gives new swimmers and those who don’t usually get a chance to be on the podium an opportunity to do so.”

Highlights for the Stingrays team included a Jill O-Hearn-Stone swim where the Division 2 athlete took off 20 seconds in the 50-metre butterfly, swimming a personal-best time of 56.6 seconds. Jill’s brother, Charlie O’Hearn-Stone, took off 36 seconds, swimming a new time of 1:20.81 in Div. 1 boys.

Paul Fricke in Div. 8 broke a meet record in the 100-m backstroke, setting a time new time of 1:17.81, five seconds faster than his previous best of 1:22.2.

Results:

Div 1 Boys – Charlie O’Hearn-Stone, Silver

Div 3 Girls- Claire Fricke, Gold

Boys- Reuben Demmler, Bronze

Div 5 Girls- Madi Fraser, Gold

Boys – Jaxzen Marion, Gold

Div 8 Men- Paul Fricke, Gold