Stingrays excel at championships; team finishes season strong

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Moss Spring Stingrays ended their season with a bang at the 2010 ISL All-Star Championships Saturday, July 25. ISL All-Stars is a Championship meet with time qualifying standards in which the top swimmers from the 12-team league compete. The Stingrays had 18 qualifiers and competed in 26 races, with swimmers posting lifetime best times in 21 of those races. 

“Our goal this year was to turn some people’s heads at the meet, to have them notice that the Stingrays are going to be a force in the ISL for years to come,” said Coach Anthony Addlesberger.  “It’s only our second year of existence, but all summer we’ve been hearing chatter amongst the other teams about how good our kids have looked.”

Matt Lutz was the first male All-Star Champion in Stingray history, winning the men’s 11-12 100 SCM freestyle in a time of 1:15.19, which converts to a 1:07.74 in yards. “Matt’s time the first time he competed for us in the 100 yard free was a 1:35.26. The fact that he was able to drop almost 28 seconds in 2 six week summers of training is a testament to the work he’s put in and the talent he’s been blessed with,” said Addlesberger.

Lutz’s time drops are not uncommon for the team. Many of the kids have posted 15-25 second time drops in their 100’s since the start of last season. “The kids’ attitudes and work ethics have been phenomenal since day one. This team not only works hard and listens to the coaching staff during practice, they make the team fun and are extremely respectful of their competitors,” said coach Kate Miller.

Other swimmers that scored for the stingrays included the eighth place 10&U 100 Medley Relay team of Drew Leydig, Spencer Swam, Grace Jackson, and Emma Paci, which dropped ten seconds from their time at the Divisional Championships. Matt Lutz also finished second in the M 11-12 50 free in 34.65 and fourth in the M 11-12 50 back in 45.51. Megan Beam medaled in the W 9-10 50 free, finishing fourth with a 37.89, and placed fifth in the 50 back in 47.18. Annabelle McCullough finished eighth in the W 9-10 50 free in a time of 39.78, sixth in the 50 fly, and 10th in the 100 free. Brady Shepherd medaled in both his events, finishing 3rd in the M 9-10 50 with a 40.33, and fourth  in the 100 in 1:35.11. Jenna Katrina finished ninth in the W 11-12 50 free in 35.20, and seventh in the 50 back in 42.32. Alex Jackson finished seventh in the M 13-14 50 free in a time of 30.01, and ninth in the 100 in 1:06.83. Nikki Garns medaled in the W 13-14 50 breast, finishing fourth  in a time of 40.30, and placed 9th in the 50 free and 5th in the 100 IM, respectively. Daniel Lutz also scored in the M 13-14 50 back, placing 12th in a time of 40.76, a personal best by nearly three seconds.Jordyn Shepherd also dropped time in the W 15-18 50 breast, placing 9th in a time of 43.05. The 10 & U 100 Free Relay team of Megan Beam, Emma Paci, Drew Leyding, and Brady Shepherd finished seventh, and the 11-12 200 Free Relay team of Jenna Katrina, Megan Swam, Steph Ehko, and Matt Lutz finished in medal position in third place. The 13-18 200 Free Relay team of Jordyn Shepherd, Abby Denkovich, Sydney Shepherd, and Daniel Lutz also dropped over 10 seconds from their performance at Divisionals a week before.

“You can’t ask for anything better than 21 out of 26 best times. The coaches are extremely proud of these kids and the team is looking forward to a bright future,” said Addlesberger.