Sam Gerbrandt, Teddy James, Nina Lampinen, Clara Lake, Waylin MacGregor and Matthew Ruiter were among the 11 swimmers who represented the Duncan Stingrays at the Comox Valley Sharks’ Fall Meet Series last weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Sam Gerbrandt, Teddy James, Nina Lampinen, Clara Lake, Waylin MacGregor and Matthew Ruiter were among the 11 swimmers who represented the Duncan Stingrays at the Comox Valley Sharks’ Fall Meet Series last weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Personal bests fall for Duncan Stingrays at Comox meet

Seven swimmers set 100 per cent PBs

Duncan Stingrays swimmers were smashing their own personal records here, there and everywhere at the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre last weekend.

The Stingrays took 11 swimmers to the Comox Valley Sharks’ Fall Meet Series, each racing in four events, and seven of them achieved 100 per cent personal bests.

“The primary goal for all of our swimmers is always to improve our personal bests,” Stingrays head coach Leanne Sirup said. “Our focus in doing so has been to work on breaking down the strokes and all the associated skills; fulfilling our process goals. If we can better each piece in working towards the primary goal then the time will take care of itself.”

Sophia Atashband had 100 per cent personal bests with one eighth place, and competed in two new races: the 50m breaststroke and 200m freestyle.

Sam Gerbrandt had 100 per cent personal bests, with one third place and one sixth.

Nina Lempinen had 100 per cent personal bests and three sixth places, and set her first ever Vancouver Island Regional qualifying time in the 9/10 50m freestyle.

Lauchlin MacGregor had 100 per cent personal bests, with one second place and two thirds, as well as seeing the greatest drop in time of anyone on the team: 45.44 seconds in the 200m breaststroke.

Waylin MacGregor had 100 per cent personal bests, with three second places and one fourth.

Angus Preston had 100 per cent personal bests, with one fourth place and two fifths.

Matthew Ruiter had 100 per cent personal bests, with two second places and one fourth.

Teddy James set three new personal bests, with one first place, two thirds and a fifth.

Clara Lake set three new personal bests with one eight place.

Kate Schultz set three new personal bests with two third places, one fifth and one sixth.

Emma deBree set three new personal bests with one fourth place and two sixths, and competed in one new race: the 50m butterfly.

Participants in the Stingrays Learn to Swim program will take part in their first meet of the season, the Orange and Black I Time Trial on Dec. 1. On Dec. 11 and 12, the club will host the annual Winter Break Invitational.

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