The Stephenville Stingrays are sending five swimmers to the state meet after a strong showing at the TAFF 2007 Region IV Swim Meet at the Keller Natatorium.
Jubilee Gaither, 13, led the way with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle (2:50.75). She also had a pair of fifth-place showings, in the 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter IM.
Also advancing are Juriah Gaither, Monica Piskor, Olivia Leamons and Araceli Leamons.
I think this was probably the best swim team ever, said coach Nancy Gaither, who has been in charge of the Stephenville Parks and Recreation-sponsored team for three years.
The Stingrays were among 17 teams at the huge two-day meet, which featured more than 1,000 swimmers.
Gaither said the sport is well-suited for families, as each swimmer can participate in three events, and there are no age limits.
If you can swim the pool, you can compete, she said.
Just missing the cut for state were Ryan Price (fifth, boys 11-12 50-meter freestyle) and Stetson Carlile (fifth, boys 9-10 25-meter freestyle).
Price also finished eighth in the 50-meter butterfly and 11th in the 100-meter IM, while Carlile was seventh in the 25-meter breaststroke and ninth in the 25-meter backstroke.
Also earning top 10 finishes were: Walker Loyd, sixth, boys 11-12 50-meter freestyle, seventh, 100-meter freestyle and 19th, 50-meter breaststroke; Lucas Leamons, eighth, boys 13-14 100-meter IM, 13th, 50-meter freestyle and 30th, 50-meter breaststroke; Ruby Leamons, ninth, girls 15-17 50-meter breaststroke and 18th, 100-meter freestyle and 19th, 50-meter freestyle; and Mickala Deleeuw, ninth, girls 11-12 100-meter IM and 11th, 50-meter backstroke and 11th, 50-meter breaststroke.
Finishing in the top 20 were: Jidediah Gaither, 11th, boys 11-12 50-meter breaststroke, 13th, 100-meter IM and 22nd, boys 11-12 50-meter freestyle; Jamie Carson, 11th, girls 13-14 50-meter breaststroke and 18th, 50-meter backstroke; Ryan Mitchell, 11th, boys 13-14 100-meter IM and 28th, 50-meter freestyle and 31st, 50-meter breaststroke; Brittany Deleeuw, 13th, girls 11-12 50-meter backstroke, 13th, 50-meter butterfly and 18th, 50-meter freestyle; Lydia Piskor, 13th, girls 100-meter IM; Olivia Leamons, 14th, girls 15-17 100-meter freestyle and 16th, 15-17 50-meter butterfly and 17th, 50-meter freestyle; Ryan Deleeuw, 14th, boys 8 and under 50-meter freestyle, 17th, 25-meter freestyle, and 25th, 25-meter backstroke; Jordan Cooley, 17th, boys 13-14 50-meter freestyle; Wren Loyd, 19th, girls 11-12 50-meter breaststroke; and Jacob Lopez, 20th, boys 8 and under 50-meter freestyle and 30th, 25-meter freestyle.
Also competing were: Monica Piskor, 22nd, girls 15-17 50-meter freestyle and 23rd, 100-meter freestyle; Lydia Piskor, 23rd, girls 13-14 50-meter breaststroke; Wren Loyd, 24th, girls 11-12 50-meter freestyle; Aaron Howard-Salame, 28th, boys 11-12 50-meter backstroke and 43rd, 50-meter freestyle; Caitlyn Endly, 28th, girls 13-14 50-meter backstroke and 39th, 50-meter freestyle; Jordan Cooley, 29th, boys 13-14 50-meter breaststroke; Ryan Levis, 36th, boys 8 and under 25-meter backstroke and 63rd, 25-meter freestyle; Daniel Howard-Salame, 42nd, boys 8 and under 25-meter backstroke and 58th, 25-meter freestyle; Blake Beatty, 44th, boys 8 and under 25-meter backstroke and 46th, 25-meter freestyle; Kendyl Croft, 64th, girls 9-10 25-meter backstroke and 72nd, 25-meter freestyle; Alex Lopez, 66th, girls 9-10 25-meter backstroke and 81st, 25-meter freestyle; and Allison Sanchez, 73rd, girls 9-10 25-meter backstroke and 84th, 25-meter freestyle.