Stawell Stingrays to finish on a high

The Stawell Stringrays Swimming Club will be hoping to go out with a bang this weekend when members compete in the final Wimmera District Swimming meeting of the year.

The Stringrays have made vast improvements since the start of the swimming calendar, but they have still had little success in the pool.

Coach Bayley Dignan hopes this weekend the swimmers of all ages can return to the Ararat pool, enjoy their swimming and have some success.

“It would be nice if we could have a couple of good wins so the swimmers take some confidence into the next few weeks,” Dignan said.

“Although District swimming is over we have the Wimmera championships and the Inter district championships in Melbourne.”

Stawell will have just three swimmers at the Melbourne carnival and they are Annaliese Spark, Dakota Healy and Jaxon Heally.

Stawell will have more in action at the Wimmera event, but Ararat is their next hurdle.

Dignan has increased the workload for their final week of training and the extra work has paid off.

After being behind the eight ball with their fitness last week swimmers look to be closer to the mark this time around.

“Their fitness has improved and is back up to scratch,” Dignan said.

With 22 swimmers registered the numbers for this meet are greater than the past two meetings at Donald and St Arnaud.

“The numbers are up for this weekends meet which is really good,” Dignan said.

“It is nice to go out with a bang. The more people we have in the pool the better chance we have of winning races.”

The increase in numbers will help their relays immensely.

As a former swimmer of the Stawell Stringrays Dignan is looking forward to being back at the Ararat pool.

“It is great that they have got the Ararat pool back in working order,” Dignan said.

“Every time I have swan at Ararat it has been freezing cold and I think the forecast is pretty spot on. Hopefully the kids can tough it out and enjoy the pool for what it is.”

Dignan expects their might be some additional scrachings due to the cooler weather. 

All season long Dignan has been focusing on disqualifications. Their disqualification rate has dropped off considerably.

Last season the Ararat meet was transferred to Stawell.