The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 15, 2013

Stingrays capture team title

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin’s strength in numbers added up to the team championship Sunday in the Joplin Stingrays Invitational swim meet at Schifferdecker Family Aquatic Center.

 The Stingrays placed in the top five in nine of 12 age groups for boys and girls swimmers, led by Kate Stauffer, who scored 59 points in the girls’ ages 15-18 division.

“It’s difficult to win both (A and C divisions),” said Jennifer Martucci, president of the Stingrays’ board of directors. “With the numbers we had, we were able to do that.”

Joplin’s Avery Oehlschlager in the boys’ 11-12 division and Tiny Martucci in the girls’ 10-and-under division led their age groups in scoring.

Oehlschlager, who broke Tri-State Conference records Saturday in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 individual medley, added the 100 freestyle to his list of records Sunday with a time of 55.67 seconds and tied the record in the 50 breaststroke at 32.89 seconds.

“We had tons of kids who took off a lot of time in their events,” said Stingrays head coach Dana Burkett.

The overall individual scoring leader was Liam Holt of Webb City, who won six of seven events in the boys’ 15-18 division and scored 61 points.

The Lamar Tiger Sharks, who scored 468.5 points, were second to Joplin in the A Division combined team scores. Branson was third with 439, five more than fourth-place Webb City.

The new pool at Schifferdecker Park includes an expanded staging area, or bullpen, that allows tournament organizers to prepare swimmers for upcoming events.

“The layout worked real well for the swim meet,” said head official Bob Cummins. “I’m really pleased with how the meet worked out. They do a good job of getting the kids where they need to be, and that helps me do my job.”

Cummins said the facilities at the pool are capable of accommodating other types of large swimming meets.

“They may need to look at some seating, but overall it worked real well,” he said. “They have some good options to use as it grows.”

Webb City’s age division champions in addition to Holt were Lindsay Adams, girls 6-and-under; Jacob Perryman, boys 8-and-under, and Sydney Hackwell, girls 13-14.

Seth Jensen of Carthage was the leading scorer in the boys’ 13-14 age group, and Mary Bean of Lamar was the leading scorer among girls ages 11-12.

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