Rossland well represented at BCSSA Swimming Provincials

<p>The Kootenay contingent at Provincials in Kamloops. (Lesley Chisholm/Special to Black Press) </p> -

The Kootenay contingent at Provincials in Kamloops. (Lesley Chisholm/Special to Black Press)

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Throughout the summer, swimmers from the Greater Trail Stingrays have competed in local swim meets from Grand Forks, to Kimberley to Colville.

The summer swim season it a busy one, with training most week days and swim meets most weekends. With a strong focus on developing skills while having fun, the kids love going to these meets, where they make new friends from around the region.

At the beginning of August the Regionals were held in Nelson, and were well attended by Stingrays, who sent almost 30 swimmers. They finished the weekend with over 70 personal best times, and brought home over 50 medals. This was also the qualifying event for the Provincials, held in Kamloops this year.

A group of eight swimmers from the Stingrays (seven of whom reside in Rossland) headed off to Kamloops on Aug. 17 for the BC Summer Swimming Provincials. These included Aubrey Demmler Div 1, Sawyer Tymchyshyn Div 1, Keira Demmler Div 2, Fionn Miller Div 2, Ryder Tymchyshyn Div 2, Reuben Demmler Div 3, Juliana Zhou Div 5, and Caleb Demmler Div 8.

With very strong competition from swimmers across B.C.'s mainland and the Island, the Stingrays put in some great performances.

Juliana Zhou (14) made finals in two of her four events, placing 5th in 100m Breaststroke and 7th in 100m Backstroke. She also placed 12th in 50m Fly and 17th in 50m Free.

Other results included Sawyer Tymchyshyn (7) coming in 23rd in his 100m Free, Keira Demmler (9) placed 22nd in her 50m Fly and 24th in 50m Breast, Ryder Tymchyshyn (9) placed 22nd in his 50m Breast, Fionn Miller (10) placed 23rd in his 50m Free and 24th in 100m Individual Medley.

Reuben Demmler (11) placed 16th in the 50m Breaststroke, 18th in his 50m Free, 19th in 100m Individual Medley and 22nd in 100m Free.

Caleb Demmler swam in the open mens category and placed 18th in both the 100m Breast and 50m Fly, 19th in the 100m Free and 21st in the 50m Free.

Aubrey Demmler competed in the Stringrays 200m Freestyle relay, along with Sawyer, Fionn and Reuben on the Saturday, while on the Friday Sawyer, Ryder, Fionn and Reuben made up the 200m Medley Relay team. There were many more personal best times set at the Provincials by the swimmers as well.

Greater Trail Stingrays was lead by Jennifer Chung over the summer season, with assistant coaches Diego Greenwood and Kayla Fraser.

The fall season starts Oct. 2 with registration on Sept. 27 at the Trail Aquatic center. There is always room for new swimmers, with the only requirement at any age being that they can swim a length of the pool.

Fall swimming is two days a week on a Monday and Wednesday. For more information you can check out their website

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