The Trail Stingrays swam to a number of personal bests at the Castlegar Aquanauts Swim Meet last weekend.  Jim Bailey photo

The Trail Stingrays swam to a number of personal bests at the Castlegar Aquanauts Swim Meet last weekend. Jim Bailey photo

Trail Stingrays swim to podium at Aquanauts’ meet

The Trail Stingrays swimmers competed at the Castlegar Meet last week clocking numerous PBs.

The Trail Stingrays competed at the Castlegar Aquanauts Swim Meet on the weekend with more podium results.

The Aquanauts meet is a unique event, but beneficial for the Trail Stingrays swimmers with many putting up personal best times.

“This was a four-event meet, so most of the kids had to swim their events twice, which I think is great because they get a second chance to get another personal best time,” said Stingrays coach Jennifer Chung. “Junior swimmers (Div. 1-3) have been doing very well. The majority of them are constantly taking off time.”

Highlights included Div. 1 swimmers Kate Fricke and Sarah Owatz achieving best times in all of their events during the meet.

For the final event of the meet on Sunday, Castlegar traditionally hosts the “Mile Swim Relay” where each team chooses eight swimmers to participate and each of them have to swim four 50’s. The Stingrays came in third place with a time of 18:44.53.

Results: Kate Fricke captured bronze overall in Div. 1, while Reuben Demmler, Div 3. boys, won silver. Juliana Zhou took home Bronze in Div. 5, Kayla Fraser won gold in O’Cat, Jennifer Chung claimed gold in Div. 7, and Jackie Neale swam to bronze in Div. 8.

Grand Forks claimed top club with 516 points, followed by Castlegar, 467, Nelson, 426, Trail, 423, Kimberley, 295, Colville, 203, and Creston, 148.

The Stingrays next meet goes in Kimberley, July 29-30.