SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Edgar May Health and Recreation Center invites children ages 6-18 to participate in its community swim team, the Connecticut River Valley Stingrays. The Stingrays coaching staff offers intensive swim training in all four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. To be a part of the team, swimmers only need to complete 25 yards of any of the four competitive strokes.
Head Coach Ann Thompson leads the team of approximately 25 swimmers with the help of Assistant Coach Rick Matthews. “Our team is a place where a child can grow in confidence and ability, in a safe and supportive environment,” Coach Thompson says. “We challenge each individual according to their skill level while developing in each athlete the toughness to compete at their absolute best level of performance.”
The team practices at the EMHRC Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons between 4 and 7 p.m. Developmental swimmers practice from 4-5 p.m., junior level members from 5-6:30 p.m., and senior level swimmers from 5-7 p.m. Competitive meets are also part of the swim team experience but not necessary for participation. Many swimmers choose just to practice and add swim meets in as they feel comfortable. The team has swimmers from all over southern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire. Financial assistance is also available for children and families.