Special to the Empire-Tribune

The Stephenville Stingray Swim Team began their season Saturday, making a splash in Mineral Wells.

The team has several swimmers back from last summer, along with a few athletes who are new to the sport of racing in a 25-yard pool.

The girls brought home four first-place ribbons, led by Jubilee Gaither, who won the girls 13-14 50-yard freestyle (32.28) and 100-yard IM (1:24.90). She was second in the 100-yard freestyle (1:09.99).

Also taking first place were Brittany Deleeuw, girls 11-12 50-yard backstroke, 44.63; and Mickala Deleeuw, girls 11-12 50-yard breaststroke, 45.05.

Their male counterparts were similarly successful. Juriah Gaither won first-place ribbons in the 15-17 50-yard butterfly (28.83) and 50-yard freestyle (49.50), and Coke Beatty won the 50-yard breaststroke and 50-yard freestyle in the over-40 category.

Ryan Deleeuw (boys 8 and under 50-yard freestyle, 52.97) and Stetson Carlile (boys 9-10 25-yard freestyle, 19.58) also finished first.

Finishing second for the boys were: Jidediah Gaither, boys 11-12 50-yard breaststroke, 47.29; Ryan Deleeuw, boys 8 and under 25-yard freestyle, 22.10; and Ryan Price, boys 11-12 100-yard IM, 1:38.50.

The following girls finished third: Jamie Carson, girls 13-14 50-yard breaststroke, 45.89; Wren Loyd, girls 11-12 50-yard butterfly, 46.39; and Mickala Deleeuw, girls 11-12 50-yard freestyle, 35.53.

The following boys finished third: Ryan Price, boys 11-12 100-yard freestyle, 1:21.16; Ryan Deleeuw, boys 8 and under 25-yard backstroke, 29.00; Juriah Gaither, men 15-17 50-yard breaststroke, 35.65; and Lucas Leamons, boys 13-14 50-yard freestyle, 32.00.

The following girls finished fourth: Brittany Deleeuw, girls 11-12 50-yard butterfly, 48.98; Jamie Carson, girls 13-14 50-yard backstroke, 46.73 and 100-yard IM, 1:37.97; Wren Loyd, girls 11-12 50-yard breaststroke, 47.75; and Olive Leamons, women 15-17 50-yard butterfly, 38.53.

Finishing fourth for the boys were: Walker Loyd, boys 11-12 100-yard freestyle, 1:22.07 and 50-yard breaststroke, 54.10; Lucas Leamons, boys 13-14 50-yard breaststroke, 47.50; and Ryan Price, boys 11-12 50-yard freestyle, 34.47.

Other girls competing for the Stingrays were: Olive Leamons, fifth, women 15-17 100-yard freestyle, 1:16.67; Lydia Piskor, fifth, girls 13-14 100-yard IM, 1:45.66; Caitlyn Endly, sixth, girls 13-14 50-yard backstroke, 57.32; Monica Piskor, seventh, women 15-17 100-yard freestyle, 1:22.66 and seventh, women 15-17 50-yard freestyle, 35.60; Caitlyn Endly, seventh, girls 13-14 50-yard breaststroke, 53.76; Lydia Piskor, eighth, girls 13-14 50-yard freestyle, 38.57 and ninth, girls 13-14 50-yard breaststroke, 54.50; Brittany Deleeuw, tenth, girls 11-12 50-yard freestyle, 40.10; Wren Loyd, eleventh, girls 11-12 50-yard freestyle, 41.93; and Caitlyn Endly, thirteenth, girls 13-14 50-yard freestyle, 52.50.

Other boys competing were: Jidediah Gaither, fifth, boys 11-12 100-yard IM, 1:49.83; Ryan Levis, sixth, boys 8 and under 25-yard backstroke, 37.12; Aaron Howard-Salame, sixth, boys 11-12 50-yard backstroke, 1:08.89; Walker Loyd, eighth, boys 11-12 50-yard freestyle, 37.69; Jidediah Gaither, ninth, boys 11-12 50-yard freestyle, 39.50; Aaron Howard-Salame, 10th, boys 11-12 50-yard freestyle, 1:01.31; Daniel Howard-Salame, 11th, boys 8 and under 25-yard backstroke, 45.00; Blake Beatty, 12th, boys 8 and under 25-yard backstroke, 52.69; Ryan Levis, 14th, boys 8 and under 25-yard freestyle, 40.78; and Blake Beatty, 16th, boys 8 and under 25-yard freestyle, 45.12.