Stingrays head to Kootingal with tails up

NARRABRI Stingrays will be making a bit of a splash at a record-breaking Kootingal Moonbi Swimming Club Carnival tomorrow.

The Stingrays are sending 29 swimmers to a carnival that has drawn a record number of swimmers (210) and record number of entries (1264).

Four of the Stingrays will be backing up from the Country Regional Championships held at Singleton last weekend.

Charlotte and Emily Rainger, Josiah Barnes and Nick Tomlinson were among 320 swimmers from as far away as Bourke, Bathurst, Sydney and the North Coast and points in between that lined up on the blocks.

Against some tough competition, the Stingrays swimmers excelled, with Emily Rainger, Tomlinson and Barnes all winning a swag of medals.

Barnes competed in 11 races in the 15yrs and over division and collected seven medals.

He won gold in the 200m freestyle and 200m IM, silver in the 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, and 50 and 100m butterfly.

In the process he broke club records in the 15/16 yrs 200m IM and backstroke and both butterfly events for the 15yrs.

Tomlinson was in the 12yrs division and swam personal bests in all nine of his races.

He touched for silver in six of them – 50 and 100m butterfly, 200m IM, 50 and 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke, and again broke his own club record in the 12 yrs 50m breaststroke.

Emily Rainger swam in eight races in the 11yrs division, finishing with five personal best times and silver medals in the 50 and 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Younger sister Charlotte was in the 9yrs & under division and, from her five races, recorded three huge personal best times.

The Stingrays contingent will be joined by swimmers from Sawtell, Moree, Glen Innes, Armidale Amateur, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Boggabri, Manilla, Muswellbrook, Scully Park, Tamworth City, Quirindi, Armidale Alligators, Werris Creek and Inverell.

The hosts themselves will have 50 swimmers competing – their largest ever.

The carnival will start at 8.30am and, along with the regular events, there will be three dash for cashes – 10 & under, 11-13yrs and 14 & over.

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