Summer is in full swing with the Socorro Stingray’s hitting the pool. The Belen Hurricanes hosted amateur swim teams from Belen, Socorro, Truth or Consequences and the Canyon Club as kids hit the two pools at the high school Aquatic Center.
It was a dual-style competition beginning at 8 a.m. on June 10 with lap results recorded by individual teams but has no effect on future summer meets.
Ashley Lower has been a ‘swim mom’ for four years and is a team coach. She was excited to cheer on her children Julianne, Jaelynn and Javen. Traveling back and forth from Magdalena, Lower is very involved in helping to organize things for the Stingrays swim meets.
“All of us do this for the kids,” she said. “It’s exciting to see the looks on their faces out there. We fundraise with things like bake sales during our home meet to help with expenses. These types of events are very important to keep the kids active, especially the younger ones. Just as a mom I love it. You know kids, they refuse to get out of the water and it’s great to see them doing something positive and makes them happy.”
A total of 33 boys and girls swam in multiple events for the Stingrays. Competitors were broken up into five age groups; 8 and Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15 and Over.
Events included; 100m and 200m relay, 25m and 50m freestyle, 25m to 100m back, fly, and breaststroke.
Seasoned coaches, as well as high school student volunteers, were responsible for recording team times as they bounced around the edges of the pool. Families set up pop-up tent areas on the east side of the building where concessions were served. The line grew long when a break in competition took place around 10:30 a.m. and gave swimmers a chance to hydrate and consume some well-earned sustenance.
Jeannie Johnston was another team parent helping to support the first meet of the season from the stands.
“I’m here supporting the kids,” she said. “We have only so many swim events both at home and on the road during the summer. This year we have a lot more competitors than previous years. It’s so cool to have something like this. The kids swim in the morning as well as the afternoon and it is great to have things such as swimming for the kids and families to enjoy.”
The Stingrays travel next to the Albuquerque Country Club for a June 20 meet at 8:30 a.m. before hosting its first home meet on June 22 at the Sedillo Pool Center.