The Trail Stingrays are getting used to hoisting trophies. The team won the Colville Meet last weekend marking its fourth straight meet championship this season.

The Trail Stingrays are getting used to hoisting trophies. The team won the Colville Meet last weekend marking its fourth straight meet championship this season.

Trail Stingrays’ wave of success continues

The Trail Stingrays continued to leave its competition in its wake following another successful meet last weekend.

The Trail Stingrays continued to leave its competition in its wake following another successful meet last weekend.

The swimmers headed south of the border for the annual Colville Valley Sharks meet and for the third consecutive year the team captured the overall title.

It not only continued a successful string in Colville but kept the Stingrays perfect winning all four “A” meets the team has attended this year.

Swimming in Colville bodes well for the club. The Colville pool will be the site of the regionals Aug. 4 and 5.

Coach Samme Beatson raved about some of the individual performances over the weekend including the efforts of Melissa Pitman, in her first meet of the year, and Maria and Elyse Phelan, in their first ever meet.

Of course many of the accomplished swimmers continued to outdistance their competition as the Stingrays topped the field with a whopping 3,297 points.

Leading the way was Dylan Kormendy who broke two Div. 1 records. He posted a time of 49.612 seconds in the 50m breaststroke bettering the old record of 50.90.

He was at it again in the 50m backstroke clocking a time of 44.68, which was almost a second better than the previous best of 45.30.

Needless to say Kormendy went on to win the aggregate gold in his division.

Maddie Green participated in the “Guts and Glory” Challenge swim. The event features 100m of swimming in all four disciplines – butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly.

Green outlasted the competition finishing first with a time of 6:11.

Ian Markus and Reid Dunham took gold and silver respectively in Div. 2.

Josh Ballarin and Diego Greenwood gave the Stingrays another one-two punch in Div. 3 winning gold and silver respectively.

Eden Kormendy was a silver medalist in Div. 3 girls while Tess Markus matched that feat in Div. 4.

Jennifer Chung was golden in Div. 5 while Green and Daniel Merry both took silvers in their respective events.

The Stingrays won double gold in Div. 6 with Cassidy Martin and Eric Gonzalez leading their respective fields. Oleg Liferovich was second.

On June 30 and July 1, Beatson traveled to Kelowna with Stingray athletes Jennifer Chung and Sharman Thomas for the Kelowna invitational swim meet.

Both athletes achieved a majority of best times and represented the club with pride. Chung highlighted the weekend by finishing second overall in Div. 5.

The team will have a short trip to Castlegar this weekend for the annual Aquanauts meet.