The Stingrays (a.k.a. DARTS) continue to heat up with the weather, most recently bumping their record to a perfect 3-0 as the juniors nabbed an impressive win over the host Highlands Park Otters last week in Westerville.
The squad, featuring swimmers and divers age 10 and under (10U, 8U and 6U), won by a slim 413-379 margin.
Joey Hanks (10U) led the way, winning the 100 IM and 50 butterfly in respective times of 1:31.34 and 43.81 seconds. Hanks was also solid in the 50 breaststroke final, posting a time of 53.50 seconds to win his third and final event of the afternoon.
Other junior standouts included Campbell Heald (6U), who won the 25 backstroke in 29.03 seconds; Jack Sanson (6U), who won his division’s 25 backstroke race in 31.65 seconds and took top honors in the 25 freestyle in 30.22 seconds; Kaitlyn Sallows (8U), who won her 25 backstroke and 25 freestyle races in respective times of 22.71 and 19.81 seconds; Kyle Sanson (8U), who won his division’s 25 backstroke event in 25.70 seconds; C.J. Abahazi (10U), who won his 50 backstroke event in 55.52 seconds; Carson Hansbery (8U), who won his 25 breaststroke race in 28.20 seconds; Rory VanGorder (10U), who won her 50 breaststroke event in 46.99 seconds; Nate Richardson (8U), who won his 25 freestyle final in 21.40 seconds; and Olivia Oyster (10U), who won her 50 free final in 36.81 seconds.
The DARTS also have Greater Columbus Swim League (GCSL) wins over the Worthington Wave and the Northwest Swim Club Tigersharks. Their season-opening dual meet against the Olympic Barracudas was cancelled due to weather late last month.
Next up, the Stingrays will look to stay perfect when they host the Plain Township Gators Wednesday. The Diving portion of the meet will be held at Jack Florance Pool at Mingo Park (4 p.m.) while the swimming events will take place at the Delaware Community Center YMCA.
Just two days later, the DARTS will begin to wrap up their Delaware Recreation Services program with the GCSL Championship. The Diving competition will be held Friday and Saturday in Gahanna while the swimming slate starts with preliminaries next Monday in Worthington. The seniors will start at 9 a.m. with the juniors set to hit the water at 5 p.m.
The meet will be punctuated by the finals, set for Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Gahanna.