Stingrays Swim Team’s winning summer season

The 11-12-year-old Stingrays team. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Stingrays Swim Team, a program of the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center, wrapped up its summer season in winning fashion by claiming first place in Division IV at the 42nd annual Vermont Swim Association Championships Aug. 3 and 4 with a total of 400 points. Ann Thompson and former Stingray swimmer Samantha Mirra coached the team. The Stingrays were paced in the pool by local teens Janie Thompson and Ari Thompson of Springfield, Miles Garvin of Chester, and Savannah Rose of Dummerston. These five swimmers placed in the top five in nearly all of their events with Miles placing second in the state for both the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke for boys ages 13-14.

Ruby Kiefer of Londonderry also had a strong meet placing in the top 20 in all of her events including the 25-free, 25-breast, and 25-backstroke. Aloura Cyr of Bellows Falls placed 14th in the state in the 25-yard breaststroke. Haley Racicot of Ludlow finished in 10th place in the 50-breast stroke as well as set a personal best. Mollee Thurston of Charleston, N.H. placed 6th overall in the girls’ 7-8 year-old 25-yard breaststroke.

Stingray coaches Samantha Mirra and Ann Thompson. Photo provided

Perhaps the highlight of the meet for the Stingrays was the girls’ 11-12-year-old 200-freestyle relay team of Sarah Delorenzo, Savanah Rose, Niavh Gibney, and Aubrey Seaman who placed 8th in the state and took an amazing four seconds off their time.

The team also had personal bests at the meet from Sarah Streeter, Charlestown, N.H.; Melia Rose, Dummerston; Niavh Gibney, Andover; Sarah and Elizabeth Delorenzo, Springfield; Theresa Marguise, Bellows Falls; Rowan Caulkins, Springfield; and Franklin Coull, Bellows Falls; and Calvin Seaman, Reading.

Luke Kiefer of Londonderry finished in the top 10 in both the 25-yard backstroke and 25-yard freestyle for the boys’ 6-and-under age group. Springfield resident Carl Johnson had three top 10 finishes in the boys’ 7-8-year-old group, rounding out the strong performances by the Stingrays.

The Stingrays are a year-round swim team that practices at the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center in Springfield, Vt. The team is open to any swimmer ages 6-18 who can complete 25-yards in the pool. The next swim season will begin in late October. For more information, call the EdgarMay at 802-885-2568, email, or visit

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