The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Stingrays, Special Needs Swim Team out-shined the Leaps Nâ€™ Boundz Frogz and Big Fun Blue Dolphins to take 1st at the Annual Bubble Invitational Swim Meet held at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center on May 22. Over 50 swimmers, from 6 â€“ 21 years-of-age, competed in the Meet which included multiple heats in the 25-meter, 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke.
â€œI am so proud of every single one of our team members,â€ stated Deborah Noonan, Head Coach, Stingrays. â€œEveryone went in with a â€œwinningâ€ attitude and look what we accomplished â€“ 7 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze medals!â€
Kahlil Herron, a sixth-grader at Marshall Fundamental, completes the 25-meter Breaststroke during the 5th Annual Bubble Invitational Swim Meet at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. [Photo: Rose Bowl Aquatics]
Local Pasadena residents and schoolmates Logan Clark and Kahlil Herron set personal bests at the Meet. Logan Clark, an eighth-grader at Marshall Fundamental, placed 1st in the 25-yard Butterfly with a time of 16 seconds, 1st in the 50-meter Backstroke with a time of 36 seconds and 1st in the 100-meter Freestyle with a time of 1 minute and 13 seconds.
Kahlil Herron, a sixth-grader at Marshall Fundamental, placed 6th in the 25-yard Breaststroke with a time of 44 seconds, 11th in the 25-yard Butterfly with a time of 42 seconds and 6th in the 50-meter Breaststroke with a time of 1 minute and 15 seconds.
The Stingrays, comprised of members 6 â€“ 17 years of age, is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the San Gabriel Valley. It provides a supportive and therapeutic environment for children and young teens with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, motor planning problems, weight issues, lack of coordination and more, to develop their competitive swimming abilities, social and physical health.
Stingrays meet for practices several times a week and include some land-based exercise as well as opportunities to learn swim strokes including freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke. The Stingrays are supported by grants from the Georgina Fredrick Childrenâ€™s Foundation, Patrons Saints Foundation, Pasadena Rotary and Wells Fargo Bank.
For more information about the Stingrays, Special Needs Swim Team, contact Deborah Noonan, Head Coach, Stingrays at 626.564.0330 x417, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rosebowlaquatics.org.