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Stingray swimmers get ready for state

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\WORTHINGTON -- State beckons for the Worthington Stingrays swim team.

After 44 swimmers competed last weekend in Austin sectionals where nine local competitors logged seasonal best times, the Rays now begin practicing for the 2022 state meet set for Sunday, Feb. 20, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

At state, two pools operate simultaneously, one for girls and one for boys. There are two heats of each event with a total of 16 swimmers or relays in each one.

Here are the names of Stingray swimmers who qualified for state (some others may yet qualify to fill open spots):

Girls

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Hope Almodovar, Olivia Almodovar, Lello Balda, Nahili Butuje, Zoie Chanthorath, Emily Clerk, Emily Dahlquist, Marah Darling, Elliot Espenson, Holly Fick, Brooklyn Flaherty, Grace Gaalswyk, Martha Garcia-Fonseca, Anna Gordon, Roselynn Hartshorn, Annabelle Kremer, Aria Larson, Lily McGraw, Hannah McNab, Kamea Obermoller, Claire Schultz, Quinn Steve, Aracely Valle, Lilyana Valle, Maria Valle, Sophia Winters.

Boys

Lello Balda, Josue Berumen, Gatlin Bos, Lance Gordon, Liam Gordon, Luke Gordon, Evan Hansberger, Wyatt Kirchner, Preston Kumi, Aiden Lichter, Liam McGraw, Keagan Spittle.

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