There was a real buzz of excitement in the Cayman Water Company CARIFTA Trials Meet, held recently at the Lions Pool.
The unique mix that is Cayman Swimming was demonstrated by the likes of keen five year old Katie Klein competing just one heat away from Olympian Shaune Fraser. Yet the adorable tykes making valiant efforts seemed to pay little attention to their older pool mates battling the clock.
With CARIFTA, the Caribbean’s age-group championships, approaching at the end of the month, Cayman Water Company once again acted as proud sponsors of this important annual event in local swimming.
Stingray Swim Club put together a meet that worked well as a return to competition for the program, from sprint events to serious time trials for potential Carifta qualifiers, contested as mixed, open events.
Meet Director Tracey Myrie was pleased with the enthusiasm of somewhat rusty officials who quickly came back up to speed, the way the meet came together and came off in under two hours.
Stop-watch ever in hand, Coach Dominic Ross was pleased with much about the event, as many swam well. Eight-year-old Danielle Boothe broke four records, in each of the four individual strokes. Andrew Smiley looked especially strong, comfortable and happy in the water. Several new faces earned their first age-group high point award: Isabella Rooney, Tynan Klein, Luisa Roberts and Alex Pineau. As Carifta qualifying times happened or didn’t, the Carifta-eligible celebrated or shook heads, supporting each other.
Newcomers to competition, showing promise were: James Priaulx, Alex Slocock, Anna Pimentel, Isabella Rooney, Allie Artuch.
Jeff Parker, director of Cayman Water Company, was on hand to enthusiastically hand out awards to the High Point Award Winners.