With 103 swimmers, the Washington Stingrays are looking forward to jumping into the season Monday.
Washington is in the Gateway Swimming and Diving League’s Spitz Division this season along with the other two area teams, Pacific and Union.
Tracy Moreland returns this season as the team’s head coach and she states that about 80 percent of the swimmers are veterans.
Moreland is being assisted this season by Lane Page, Brianna Stephens, Aspen Nelson and Aubrie Moreland.
Among the veterans, Moreland said many are returning relay swimmers.
“Relays are always my favorite,” Moreland said. “I am excited to see the relays we can build using the high school swimmers from both Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School. A number of these swimmers, ladies and men, competed at the high school State meet this year and have been swimming very well.”
Moreland said many of the new swimmers aren’t exactly new to the program.
“With over 25 new swimmers this year it is hard to pick out only a few,” Moreland said. “I will say this, they are all working hard and catching on quickly. Several are younger siblings, now ready to join the team and several are referrals to us from the YMCA swim lesson program.”
Washington opens the season Monday at Union at 5 p.m.
Washington then goes to Pacific June 18 for a 6 p.m. meet.
There will be only one home meet this year, June 25 against Arbor Oaks. It starts at 5 p.m.
The team closes the regular season with road meets at Cherry Hills July 2 and Oaks Landing July 9.
The division meet will be held at Pacific July 14.