Stingrays sting opponents in regionals and state

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Photo courtesy of Derry and Tisha Webb of Webb Photography: The 2013 Socorro Stingrays team had a terrific end to their season last weekend, having 30 state qualifiers and bringing home 15 medals from the state meet.

The Socorro Stingrays placed fifth overall in the New Mexico state swim meet last Saturday in Albuquerque, the best they have ever done at a state meet. Two individual swimmers — Aidan McComas and Skyler Bunning, both in the 9- to 10-year-old age group — came in third overall in their divisions. The team collectively brought home 15 gold, silver and bronze medals.

Photo courtesy of Jim Jacobs: Aidan McComas is in the lead in this race. McComas brought home six medals from the New Mexico state swim meet and came in third overall, with his teammate, for his age group at the meet.

The team also made a good showing at the regional meet on July 18, with 30 of them qualifying for state. Two days later, they continued to show their prowess.

Individual gold medalists include: Aidan McComas in the 25-yard freestyle, the 50-yard freestyle and the 25-yard breast stroke; Olivia Beames in the 50-yard breast stroke; and Danielle Moore in the 50-yard butterfly.

Individual silver medalists were: Skyler Bunning in the 25-yard freestyle and 50-yard freestyle; and Charli Gonzales in the 100-yard breast stroke. Michael Fan brought home a bronze in the 100-yard individual medley.

Skyler Bunning

The relay teams kept pace with their performance all season. They had one relay gold medal, the nine to 10-year-old boys freestyle relay consisting of Skyler Bunning, Zedikiah Ochoa, Michael Fan and Aidan McComas; and one silver medal relay, the 9- to 10-year-old boys medley relay consisting of McComas (back stroke), Joshua Walsh (breast stroke), Bunning (butterfly) and Fan (freestyle). There were four relay bronze medals: the 11 to 12-year-old girls medley consisting of Miquilla Barela (back stroke), Olivia Beames (breast stroke), Danielle Moore (butterfly) and Paige Pyke (freestyle); the 11- to 12-year-old girls free relay consisting of Pyke, Beames, Barela and Moore; the 15- to 18-year-old girls medley relay consisting of DamiAna Contreras (back stroke), Charli Gonzales (breast stroke), Angelina Stanzione (butterfly) and JeriAna Contreras (freestyle); and the 15 to 18-year-old girls free relay consisting of DamiAna Contreras, JeriAna Contreras, Gonzales and Stanzione.

Qualifiers who made it to the state meet but did not place include Miquilla Barela, Scott Bunning, Warren Chewiwi, Tyler Crespin, Jeremy DiBartolomeo, Colton Dow, Kaden Dow, Elena Gonzales, Autumn Gorranson, Emerald Gorranson, Katrine Hareland, Bryce Jacobs, Matthew Lucero, Chloe McComas, Emma Montoya, Ben Oxford, Mia Tenorio, Serena Vanlandingham and Joshua Walsh.