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Dolphins sting Stingrays in ODSL meet

photoHaley Russello of the Lovettesville Dolphins swims to a second place finish in the 50-meter breastroke for the 13-14 age group June 30 against the South Riding Stingrays. Russello performance, which included a first place finish in the 100 individual medley, helped lead the Dolphins to victory.—Times-Mirror Photo/Michelle Stevens

Despite oppressively hot conditions and a treacherous storm the night before, the Lovettesville Dolphins swam to victory June 30, defeating the host South Riding Stingrays 564 to 392.

The Dolphins traveled to South Riding on Saturday for their sixth meet of the Old Dominion Swim League season.

“It was tough getting here after the storm, but the kids swam well,” said Jacob Mason, head coach of Lovettesville.

The ODSL serves youth swimmers ages 6-18 and the Dolphins are aided by a large roster in the upper age groups.

For the 15-18 boys, Lovettesville was led by Andrew Ray and Chris Bannister. Ray placed second in the 50-yard freestyle and first in the 50-yard backstroke, and Bannister placed first in the 50-yard freestyle and 50-yard butterfly. Both boys also swam in the winning 200-yard medley relay team.

“Andrew Ray is a great swimmer and sets a great example to the younger swimmers,” Mason said.

For the Dolphin girls, 10-year-old Sofia Davis excelled, winning the 50-meter breaststroke, the 50-meter backstroke and the 25-meter butterfly in the 9-10 age group.

Nathan Yu and Kaitlyn Crooks, Ryleigh Leonard and Ellie Williamson were some of the top swimmer for the Stingrays, leading the team’s large contingent of eight and under swimmers.

The Dolphins are now 4-2 on the season with just two regular-season meets and one invitational left before divisional meets begin.

“Last year, we were the top team in the A-division, A-division being composed of the largest teams,” Mason said. “We’re not sure if we’re going to be this year.”

Additionally, top swimmers in the regular-season can qualify for the All-Star meet, held at the end of July. Mason hopes to qualify even more swimmer these last two meets.

“We’re just going to keep focusing on technique,” Mason said.

The Dolphins and the Stingrays both take to the pool again this weekend. Lovettsville will compete in the Individual Medley Invitational at Spring Lakes July 7, while South Riding travels to Brambleton to take on the Bettas.

-All photos by Michelle Stevens

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