Anthony Khalil, a La Cañada resident and fifth grader at Palm Crest Elementary, had a first-place finish in the annual Bubble Invitational Swim Meet held at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center on Sunday.
Anthony's team, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Stingrays, a special-needs swim team, took first in the meet, beating out the Leaps and Boundz, Frogs and Big Fun, and Blue Dolphins teams. More than 50 swimmers ages 6 to 17 competed in the meet, which had multiple heats in the 25-meter, 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke events.
"The Stingrays performed very well and I am very proud of Anthony," said Deborah Noonan, coach of the Stingrays. "He has been a member of the Stingrays for the past two months and he's come a long way. There is definitely a lot of potential for him in swimming."