Cayman age-group swimmers, both local and overseas, are preparing for CARIFTA in Curacao March 30th. Locally, competition returned to the Lions Pool with the Cayman Water Co Carifta Trials Meet held last week for everyone from the Carifta eligible to learn-to-swimmers. The first in a series of two half day meets, which double as fun events for the yoger swimmers and some serious time trials for those hoping to qualify for the 2005 Cayman Carifta team.
Coach Dominic Ross led a team of 17 to Jamaica for the Walter Rodgers Age Group Championships. The Cayman team consisted of those training locally and an overseas-based swimmer. They placed 3rd of 10 teams.
A number of other team members are currently scattered across the globe but reports and results indicate that they are training hard and looking forward to once again representing the Cayman Islands;
Carolina Watler – Currently attending school and training in Columbia.
Meg Fisher-Wells – At school and training hard in Winnipeg, Canada. Producing some of the top times in Manitoba in her age group Laura Elphinstone – Attending boarding school in Ontario and training with the Trent Swim Club
Jodie Foster – Currently in Scarborough, Ontario attending school and training with the local club
Brigitte Tomascik – At school and swimming with a large and highly competitive club in London, Ontario
Shaune Fraser is at the Bolles School on Jacksonville, Florida, training and attending High School. Shaune recently broke the Florida Swimming record in the boy 15-16 200 yard Butterfly and was a part of the Bolles team which won the Florida High School Swimming Championships.
Andrea Balderamos and Leon Elliott are also attending school and training at the Bolles School in Jacksonville.
A number of other swimmers continue to live and train locally, some having returned from brief stints overseas after Ivan.
‘They continue to train with the same dedication and put in the countless hours of hard work which has allowed Cayman’s swimmers to perform above and beyond expectations over the past few years,’ said a member of the CI Swimming Association. ‘We look forward to seeing them all back in action and together again in the future, starting with CARIFTA 2005 in Curacao at the end of March.’