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EATON — The Preble County Stingrays swim team wrapped their season up with a season ending picnic. It took place at the Preble County YMCA and had more than 200 people in attendance.


The Stingrays were celebrating a successful season of swimming.


“We finished third in the Southern Ohio Swim League, but the top three teams were within 91 points of each other. The Stingrays also had a record setting 175 swimmers on the team,” Coach Dave Montgomery said.


The Stingrays, with 672 points, finished behind Idle hour, with 763 points, and Cassel Hills, with 739 points.


“Given the amount of year-round swimmers both these swim clubs have, we did really well,” Montgomery said.


“We had several individual and relay league champions.”


“Our relay league champions in the 11-12 age group were Tyler Gregory, Jacob Doty, Mitchel Brock and Cameron Nelson. They were champions in both the 100-meter medley with a time of 1 minute, 14.92 seconds and the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:05.82. Max Lawson, Andrew Horton, Joshua Pool and Ryan Bassler, in the 13-14 age group, were champions in the 200 medley with a time of 2:21.14 and the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:00.84. Jayson Woods, Drew Pool, Mason McCargish and Jacob Liddy, in the 15-18 age group, were champions in the 200 medley with a time of 2:05.31. Trey Gregory, Drew Pool, Mason McCargish and Jacob Liddy, also in the 15-18 age group, were champions in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:46.03.”


The team’s individual league champions were Madelynn Baker in the 10 and under age group with a 50 freestyle time of 36.06, Mitchel Brock in the 11-12 age group with a 25 backstroke time of 20.55, Joshua Pool in the 13–14 age group with a 50 breaststroke time of 39.58 and Drew Pool in the 15-18 age group with a 50 breaststroke time of 35.25.


“Our two-time SOSL individual league champions were Clayton Kiracofe in the 10 and under 50 freestyle with a time of 37.01 and the 25 butterfly stroke with a time of 20.10, Mason McCargish in the 15-18 age group 100 individual medley with a time of 1:07.11 and 50 butterfly with a time of 28.35. Our three-time SOSL individual champion was Tyler Gregory in the 11-12 age group 50 freestyle with a time of 29.31 and the 25 freestyle with a time of 13.54. Gregory also had a SOSL record breaking 25 breaststroke swim of 16.91,” Montgomery said.


Another season highlight was the Stingrays finishing second at the Arcanum Invitational.


“We had five Most Valuable Swimmers: Kelsey Gregory, Tyler Gregory, Madelynn Baker, Clayton Kiracofe and Ryan Bassler,” Montgomery said.


At the picnic, the Most Improved Swimmers honored were Noelle Bassler, Grady Ott, Reagan Pierce, Justin Liddy, Trena Caldwell, Evan Tolliver, Abby Liddy, Braden Clabaugh, Kyra Houle and Blake Clabaugh.


The Most Valuable Swimmers were Rachel Honaker, Elliott Voge, Madelynn Baker, Clayton Kiracofe, Allison Bassler, Tyler Gregory, Abby Liddy, Ryan Bassler, Kelsey Gregory and Mason McCargish.


The record breakers were Madelynn Baker in the 9 and 10 age group with a 25 backstroke time of 19.46, a 100 individual medley time of 1:29.33 and a 200 freestyle time of 3:00.26. Kelsey Gregory, in the 15 to 18 age group, broke records in the 50 butterfly with a time of 33.71, the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:25.13 and the 100 individual medley with a time of 1:17.50. Brooklyn Montgomery, also in the 15-18 age group, broke a record in the 50 backstroke with a time of 36.73. Tyler Gregory, in the 11-12 age group, broke records in the 25 freestyle with a time of 13.27, the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.31, the 25 breaststroke with at time of 16.91, the 25 butterfly with a time of 15.40 and the 100 individual medley with a time of 1:17.42. Mason McCargish, in the 15 to 18 age group, broke records in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.80 and the 50 butterfly with a time of 29.35. Trey Gregory, also in the 15 to 18 age group, broke a record in the 100 individual medley with a time of 1:06.62.


“All in all, it was a good season. We did have two rained out meets, and then our makeup meet got rained out, so that was disappointing, but the kids really practiced hard and swam hard when we did compete. The kids really put together a good swim at championships given the fact that they are all-days meet from about 8 a.m. to about 5:30 pm. We are looking to add more kids to next year’s squad so we can erase that 91 point deficit and bring a SOSL championship back to Preble County. Our goal for next year is 185 kids,” Montgomery said.


“With the addition of the Preble County YMCA Piranhas winter swim team we hope many of these swimmers go on to join that team and come back stronger by getting a season of winter swimming under their belts. A special thank you goes out to the Stingray parents. Without the support of these parents this team could not do the things it does. The parents are the backbone of this team and they are always willing to step up and help when needed. The Stingrays would also like to thank Coach Liz Mahan for leading the Stingrays for the past three years. She is stepping down due to graduation next year and not knowing where she may end up going to graduate school,” Montgomery said.

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