Salisbury Stingrays took to the Springfield Leisure Centre for round 1 one of the Wiltshire Summer League this past Saturday evening. After demotion from a highly competitive division one last season, Salisbury were hoping to bounce straight back up when they travelled to Corsham.
Salisbury battled from the word go & came away with numerous 1st place finishes. James Chapman & Pheobe Wing made it a winning double by taking the chequered flag in the boys & girls U16 100m freestyle.
Emma Jackson Elena Demetri, Georgia O’Keefe & Katy Cutler were a winning formula by taking first place in the U12 medley & freestyle relay. Katy Cutler & Emma Jackson also took individual 1st place finishes for Salisbury by winning the U12 50m freestyle & the U12 50m backstroke respectively.
Another relay team to do the medley & freestyle double were the boys U16 team with Phil Rogers, George Fenwick, Luke Demetri & James Chapman making up the numbers. The success didn’t end there for the U16 boy swimmers. Luke Demetri & Phil Rogers took individual honours in the 100m breastroke & 100m backstroke respectively.
Tilda Bryant put in a fantastic nights work by taking 1st place in her two individual races; the girls U14 50m freestyle & 50m backstroke. She was then joined by Natalie Sainsbury, Jessie Cusack & Freya Croager to win the girls U14 freestyle relay.
Robert Croager swam a great race to claim 1st place in the boys U12 50m freestyle.
The mens open team also had a fantastic return of results; they too won their medley & freestyle relays, with the team consisting of Alastair Morrison, Tom Rutter, Sam Greenslade & Phil Muspratt. Tom Rutter joined the extensive list of winners on the night as he won the mens open 100m backstroke, as did Sam Greenslade by winning the mens open 100m breastroke. Phil Muspratt took two first places finishing 1st in the mens open 100m IM & 100m freestyle.
Despite their large return of 1st place finishes, Salisbury sadly finished the night in second spot overall, 20 points behind Bradford on Avon & ahead of Trowbridge B & Corsham.