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Stingrays drop opener in Elmer


Kyle Muller competes in the individual medley at the Stingrays season-opening meet at Elmer last weekend. (THG/Dan Russoman.To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940.)

ELMER—The Hammonton Stingrays swim team opened its 2022 season last weekend at Elmer, falling to the host Sharks 365-187.


Many Hammonton swimmers made their Stingrays debut at the meet, and several turned in winning performances.


In individual medley (IM) races, Macy McDowel was second in the girls 9-10 IM, while Giovanni Catania was second and Shayne Herbert was third in the boys 13-14 IM.


In the girls 15-18 IM, Glyza Canovas placed second and teammate Lauren Wines was third.


Medley relay races saw Raelynn McDowel, Guinevere Rizzo, Kellen Frankel and Cole McDowel finish second in the open 8-and-under event, while Felicity Reedy, Everly Husta, Macy McDowel and Brynn Gribbin won the girls 9-10 race.


Second-place finishes also went to the girls 11-12 team of Jordan Fatato, Isabella Falciani, Grace Gribbin and Casey Schulz, and the boys 11-12 team of David Olar, Bryan Falciani, Billy Nees and Alex Nees.


Hammonton’s open 15-18 medley relay team of Avery Cianbrone, Lauren Wines, Glyza Canovas and Isabella McCloud won their race.


In freestyle races, Elizabeth Nees was third in the girls 8-and-under race, while Cole McDowel won the boys 8-and-under freestyle and Colton Castone was second. Everly Husta was second in the girls 9-10 freestyle with Amelia Birnbaum placing third. Dominic Cushinotto was third in the boys 9-10 race and in the girls 11-12 freestyle, Jordan Fatato placed third.


Lauren Rhoades was third in the girls 13-14 freestyle, while Giovanni Catania was second in the boys 13-14 race. Glyza Canovas finished second in girls 15-18 freestyle for the Stingrays.


Backstroke races saw Kyle Muller win the boys 15-18 race, while Avery Ciambrone won the girls 15-18 event. Harrison Kiss won the boys 13-14 backstroke and Morgan Rizzo was third.

David Olar was third in the boys 11-12 race, with Grace Gribbin taking third for the 11-12 girls. Brennen Kiss was third in the boys 9-10 backstroke, Macy McDowel won the girls 9-10 race and Julianne DeKlerk was second. In 8-and-under backstroke races, Kellen Frankel won the boys race and Charles Rieder was second, while Raelynn McDowel was second for the girls.


Guinevere Rizzo was second in girls 8-and-under breaststroke, with Madelyn Resch taking third. On the boys side, Sean Falciani was first. Everly Husta won the girls 9-10 breaststroke and Julianne DeKlerk was second. Dominic Cushinotto was third for the 9-10 boys.


In 11-12 breaststroke, Isabella Falciani was third for the girls and Evan Kiss won the boys race. Lauren Rhoades was third among girls 13-14 swimmers, while Shayne Herbert was second for the boys. Isabelle McCloud placed second in the girls 15-18 breaststroke and in the boys race, Goivanni Catania won.


Butterfly races saw Kellen Frankel win for the 8-and-under boys, while Macy McDowel was second and Brynn Gribbin was third for the 9-10 girls. Dominic Cushinotto was second in the boys 9-10 race and in the girls 1-12, Grace Gribbin took second place. Bryan Falciani was third in the boys 11-12 race.


Lauren Rhoades was second in girls 13-14 butterfly, while Goivanni Catania was second and Shayne Herbert third for the boys.


In 15-18 races, Glyza Canovas was second in girls butterfly with Lauren Wines taking third. In the boys race, Kyle Muller was second.


The meet ended with freestyle relay races. Hammonton’s 8-and-under team, Guinevere Rizzo, Madelyn Resch, Elizabeth Nees and Raelynn McDowel was third, while the boys 8-and-under team of Cole McDowel, Nathan Reedy, Charles Rieder and Kellen Frankel won its race.


Also taking first place for the Stingrays was the girls 9-10 team of Everly Husta, Julianne DeKlerk, Brynn Gribbin and Macy McDowel. The girls 11-12 team of Grace Gribbin, Isabella Falciani, Casey Schulz and Jordan Fatato was second as was the boys 11-12 team of Lucas Bermudez, Bryan Falciani, Billy Nees and David Olar.


Ella Wilson, Adeline Rizzo, Lauren Rhodes and Amelia York were second in the girls 13-14 freestyle relay. The boys 13-14 team of Shayne Herbert, Giovanni Catania, Morgan Rizzo and Harrison Kiss was second.


The girls 15-18 freestyle relay team of Lauren Wines, Avery Chiambrone, Julianna Ruberton and Glyza Canovas won their race.


The Stingrays will host Collingswood on June 25 at the Hammonton Swim Club.

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