Stingrays perform swimmingly at New Mexico Games and Invitational

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The Socorro Stingrays has 14 swimmers who qualified for the Games of America in Hershey, PA, this past weekend, when they participated in the New Mexico Games in Albuquerque. Over 30 swimmers from Socorro Stingrays participated in the New Mexico Games on Saturday and Sunday, and 17 participated in the Sundance League’s Eight and Under Championship meet. Both meets were held in Albuquerque. Some swimmers participated in both meets.

Qualifying individual swimmers were: Miquilla Barrela in the 50-yard backstroke; Olivia Beames in the 100-yard breaststroke; Skyler Bunning in the 25-yard freestyle, the 50-yard freestyle and the 25-yard butterfly; Matthew Daw in the 50-yard freestyle, the 50-yard breaststoke, and first in the 50-yard butterfly; Jeremy DiBartolomeo in the 50-yard breaststroke; Joshua Walsh with first in the 25-yeard breaststroke; and Matthew Chavez in the 25-yard freestyle and the 25-yeard butterfly. The Stingrays relay team also set a new New Mexico Games 8×50-yard freestyle relay record with a time of 4:04.87. The relay team was 1) Dionne Vega 2) Skyler Bunning 3) Charlotte Eveleth 4) Alana Chavez 5) Matthew Lucero 6) Tyler Crespin 7) Avery Ngo and 8) Matthew Daw.

Also, Swimmers who placed in the topped three at last year’s New Mexico Games are eligible for the games in Hershey. Those swimmers are: Aiden McComas, Matthew Chavez, Matthew Lucero, Angelina Stanzione, Chloe McComas, Skyler Bunning, Kayla Botko, Dionne Vega, Joshua Walsh, and Scott Bunning.

Many of the swimmers are planning to participate in the Games of America, according to Coach Jordan Vinson. The swimmers and their families are responsible for raising funds as needed for their trip.

In all, the Stingrays participated in over 50 events at the New Mexico Games, and 26 events at the Sundance League’s Eight and Under Championships.