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Stingrays treated royally at King Aquatic competition
Seven Duncan Stingrays raced in the popular King Aquatic Club's July Invitational meet in Federal Way, Washington.
More than 900 swimmers from all over the Pacific Northwest attended.
"It was an exciting experience for all of our swimmers, especially those who had never raced off of Vancouver Island,'' noted Stingrays' head coach Leanne Sirup.
For Cate Cochrane, 10, Olin Dahlstrom, 10, and Ty Dahlstrom, 8, it was a unique experience to race internationally at a large facility where the 1990 Goodwill Games and 2012 United States Olympic trials for diving were held.
The only other swimmer who was a first-time racer at the facility and at the high magnitude of competition was Lalaine Gower, 14.
Jessica Castle, 10, Oliver Castle, 12, and Cecilia Johnson, 14, all competed there last year.
Oliver Castle and Ty Dahlstrom both posted personal bests in all their swims. Jessica Castle, Cochrane, Gower and Johnson were each one short of personal best perfection and three personal bests were earned by Olin Dahlstrom.
Heat wins were enjoyed by all, with awards of the coveted rubber duck for each one. Gower and Johnson both qualified for five finals each.
Two Duncan Swim Team club records were broken by Oliver Castle in the 400- and 800-metre freestyles, originally set the previous week during the provincial AAAs at UBC. The 400 was previously held since 1982 by Kurt Vollmerhause and the 800 since 2002 by Colby Smith.
Top 10 placings were as follows: Oliver Castle (one silver, four bronze); Olin Dahlstrom (one silver); Ty Dahlstrom (two bronze); Johnson (one fourth, one ninth); Jessica Castle (one sixth, one eighth); and Gower (one sixth, one 10th).
"We are excited for our young team of swimmers who are learning to race in unfamiliar environments and achieve success,'' summed up Sirup. "This is a difficult skill to learn and our swimmers made it look easy.''