Thursday, July 23, 2009

Stingrays Enter District Swimming Competition

By Mike Sievers
The Socorro Stingrays have come to the moment of truth in their summer swim season. About 100 swimmers are entered into the District A meet that starts at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Riverpoint Wellness Center in Albuquerque.
Socorro’s youth swimmers will compete against athletes from Riverpoint, Four Hills and the Albuquerque Country Club. Stingrays coach Diedra Vinson said she doesn’t want to make any predictions, but feels confident that some of the swimmers will qualify for the state meet, which starts at 9 .m. Saturday, July 25, at the West Mesa Aquatic Center.
“Their technique just keeps improving, and they’re really working hard,” Vinson said. “They look really strong.”
The Stingrays hold practices at 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the city of Socorro’s swimming pool. Vinson said the team’s numbers just keep growing. The club entered more swimmers than ever before in this years’ district meet.
Vinson said her age group coaches have done an excellent job this summer. The coaches are Alyssa Higgs (13 to 18-year-olds), Carly Licha and Derrick Vinson (11 to 12), Ian Rice and Jordan Vinson (9 to 10) and Michelle Mora, Jennell Higgs and Roberta Abeyta (8 and younger).
Diedra Vinson said the top three swimmers in each event at district will automatically qualify for state, with the next four times from across the board also qualifying.
She said the team has had lots of success this season, with quite a few athletes finishing in the top 16 at an 8-and-under meet. At the New Mexico Games, the Stingrays earned a lot of ribbons, and two of them earned silver medals – Jeremy DiBartolomeo and Kendrick Simmons.

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