The Los Lunas Stingrays swim team is getting geared up for its final regular-season meet before the season-ending Sundance Aquatic Championships later this month. On Saturday, the Stingrays will travel to Albuquerque to face Mountainside YMCA, possibly the toughest team in the Sundance Aquatic League.
“This weekend, I just want the kids to try to improve their times and swim the events they’ll be swimming at Sundance,” Stingrays’ coach Suzy Wulf said.
Wednesday’s meet was the swimmers’ last chance to qualify for the championship meet. The Stingrays have qualified 189 entries for the final meet over the course of the season.
“I’m very proud of the team this year,” Wulf said. “This is one of the best teams we’ve had. The kids are doing really well. We have some kids who have a really good shot at winning their events at Sundance.”
Wulf said the team has exhibited a good work ethic in preparing for swim meets all season.
“They’ve been working very hard, and they’re doing very well,” she said. “We have a lot of motivated kids this year. It’s hard enough to get kids up at six in the morning, especially during their summer break.”
Despite their exceptional work ethic, Wulf said, the Stingrays will be taking it easy, or tapering off their swimming routine, in the final weeks.
“They’ll still be swimming hard and fast, but now they’ll be getting some extra rest,” Wulf said.
The Sundance championships will be on July 26, 27, and 28 at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. Friday and Saturday will be preliminary races. Finals will be held on Sunday.