Trail Stingray swimmers dive in provincial competition

Eleven swimmers from the Trail Stingrays Club will take on BC’s best at the BC Summer Swim Association Provincial Championships in Kamloops this weekend, August 18-21.

The Stingrays have competed in ten swim meets in the Kootenays and in Colville, WA. this season, including the regional swim meet in Trail earlier this month.

“It’s been a really good season for the Stingrays,” coach Ian Markus said. “They had incredible results and great personal development as well. The Stingrays have been proud of themselves this summer.

At regional championships, Stingrays swimmers excelled in the pool winning 26 medals, with the top three in each event advancing to provincial competition.

“The results of the regionals were excellent. They had exceeded my expectations and quite possibly theirs as well.

Reuben Demmler led the way, winning four gold medals in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley (IM).

Claire Fricke won gold in the 100 freestyle and bronze in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. She narrowly missed the podium with a fourth place finish in the 50 freestyle.

Kate Fricke took gold in the 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley, and bronze in the 100m backstroke, while her brother Paul took silver in the 100m backstroke and fourth in the 50m butterfly.

Grady McAuley took the podium in the 100m butterfly, then took silver in the 50m butterfly, bronze in the 50m freestyle and fourth in the 100m backstroke.

Layla Plaxton won two bronze medals in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.

Ryder Tymchyshyn was a double gold medalist winning the 50m and 100m butterfly, winning a silver medal in the 50m freestyle and a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle, while Sawyer Tymchyshyn won an silver in the 100m backstroke.

Caleb Wright won silver in the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke.

Stingrays coach Markus won gold in the 100 freestyle and silver in the 100 backstroke and 50 butterfly, and his assistant Claire Cartwright won silver in the 100 backstroke.

More than 60 swim teams from eight regions across the province will compete in the provincial meet, making it the toughest meet of the season.

“The provincial championships will be a very tough playing field, but I believe my swimmers can achieve excellence if they put their mind to it,” said Markus. “There are plenty of events for everyone and I believe swimmers will do their best in whatever event they enter.

“I’m very excited to see the races.”

The Stingrays will dive into the pool at the Canada Games Aquatic Center in Kamloops beginning Friday at 8 a.m.

Results and more information can be found online at

BC GamesCity of TrailSwimming

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