SALEM – The Stonegate Swim Club Gators will be trying to win their first Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association City-County championship in over 40 years this weekend when the Salem YMCA hosts the annual season ending event.
“I have not seen any records, but the rumor is that Stonegate has not won city-county since 1970,” said Gators coach Mary Ann Fleenor. “Can we do it? I believe that if we swim smart, remembering little things like two hand touches and kicking our feet, and continue to have fun, the championship is ours.”
The optimism comes from an undefeated season of Monday night meets, including an impressive victory over the Hunting Hills Country Club. That was the first Monday night loss for HHCC in 55 meets.
This weekend, it won’t be easy. Hunting Hills will be looking for revenge, and Stonegate’s strength is in its’ numbers. In a big meet having the best talent is more important than quantity of swimmers.
“We have 203 registered swimmers and we’ll be taking over 90 percent of our team,”said Fleenor. “That is a record high for us. The coaches are so excited that the team has come together and is putting forth the effort to be city champs. We are not the fastest team out there, but we are strong and steady.”
The meet will be Friday and Saturday at the “Y”. The 10 and Unders swim in the mornings and the relays are in the middle of the day, right around lunch. There will be an eight-and-under relay and then a nine-and-up relay. Then, in the afternoon, the 11-and-Overs swim, beginning at 1 pm.
“We have such great families that support the entire team that even if we don’t win, we will have put all we had into it and we will be proud,” said Fleenor. “Just being undefeated this season is a huge victory for us, so really we have already won.”