Swimmers ready for Island Games

Stingray Swim Club leaders say they are proud of the all-Stingray team that will be representing Cayman in the Island Games this month in Shetland.

The team is made up of: Kaitlyn Elphinstone, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Powell, Heather Roffey and Laura Stafford. The teen swimmers are all current or past members of Stingray and came up through Stingray’s age-group competitive program.

Three of the girls now swim on major university swim teams in North America, (University of Toronto, University of South Carolina and Notre Dame) the other two, Jodie and Jen, train at the Lions Pool in Grand Cayman. The team is led by Coach Dominic Ross.

Island Games competition is ‘Open’, not age-group, and in a 25 metre pool, the same as Cayman’s. Also, each competitor country is a small island, has to travel for competition, as Cayman must. This is considered a rare chance to compete on a ‘level playing field’ by Cayman’s swim community.

At the ’03 Island Games in Guernsey, swimmers contributed 10 gold, 8 silver, 4 bronze to the Cayman Islands team.

Cayman holds ten Island Game swim records, two each by Kaitlyn Elphinstone (400 + 800m free), Shauna Powell (50 + 100m back) and Heather Roffey (100 + 200m ‘fly), three by Shaune Fraser (400 + 1500m free + 400 IM), one by Andrew Mackay (100m back).

In Guernsey, both Kaitlyn and Heather broke the record in the 800m freestyle event, by 16 and 14 seconds.

The competition is set for July 11-14th.

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