Stingray relay teams keep to form

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Swimmer Michael Fan dives in on Saturday, taking his turn after Scotty Bunning for the 200-meter relay.

The Socorro Stingrays swam at home last weekend against Chamisa Hills and The Dolphins of Albuquerque. Stingray relay teams kept to their form from the last few weeks, finishing first in all relays, including the 8 and under age group, ages 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18.

“The 9- and 10-year-old boys relay team, comprised of Skyler Bunning, Michael Fan, Aiden McComas and Matthew Chavez, has shown the most improvement,” coach Jordan Vinsin said.

Finals will be held at West Mesa Aquatic Center in Albuquerque on July 20.

Photos courtesy Jim Jacobs of Socorro Emma Montoya takes a breath during the 50-meter butterfly on Saturday for the Stingrays swim meet in Socorro.

“Now we are focusing on preparing for our district meet next Thursday,” Vinsin said. “We also compete against Tanoan on Friday and Albuquerque Country Club on Saturday. Those meets should help prepare us.”

The Stingrays is a city of Socorro swim team created to encourage family involvement in youth activities and to teach swimming efficiently and effectively with the goal of making swimming a lifelong sport. The mission is to provide low-level competition with an emphasis on fun, safety, teamwork, fair play and skill development. Children of all abilities are welcomed and given equal opportunity to participate.