Stingrays, Special Needs Swim Team, Place First at the Annual Bubble Invitational Swim Meet

The family of Anthony Khalil surround the Palm Crest Elementary fifth grader after recent meet.

On Sunday, May 22, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Stingrays, a special needs swim team, beat out the Leaps and Boundz, Frogs and Big Fun, Blue Dolphins to take first place at the Annual Bubble Invitational Swim Meet held at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.

Over 50 swimmers ranging in age from 6 to 17 competed in the meet which included multiple heats in the 25-meter, 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke.

Local swimmer Anthony Khalil, a La Cañada fifthgrader  at Palm Crest Elementary, was particularly strong at the meet. Anthony placed first in the 25-yard butterfly with a time of 32 seconds, fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 2:43 and fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:20. “Breaststroke is my favorite because it gets me there the fastest,” said Anthony. “I want to win of course!”

“The Stingrays performed very well and I am very proud of Anthony,” said head coach Deborah Noonan.

The Stingrays is comprised of 60 plus members and 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.

For more information about the Stingrays, Special Needs Swim Team, contact Deborah Noonan at (626) 564-0330 x417 or email