CUC Sea Swim targets global crisis

A large field of 82 swimmers took to the beautiful waters off 7-mile beach to participate in the 17th annual CUC 800m sea swim, as part of over 250,000 swim events being held all over the world in support of the World Swim for Malaria on Saturday, December 3rd.

The World Swim for Malaria was the largest participatory swim ever held, and was fully endorsed by FINA, the International Swimming Federation, of which the Cayman Islands is a member nation through the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association. As malaria is the largest killer of children in the world with one child dying from the disease every 30 seconds, the Swimming Association resolved to donate one mosquito bed-net per swimmer participating in the race towards this worthy cause. The Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit upped the ante by offering to match the Swim Association’s donation bed-net for bed-net, meaning 164 bed-nets will be donated towards the fight against malaria.

Thoughts of savings lives were put on hold for 9 minutes and 40 seconds however, as Joel Rombough and Brett Fraser battled it out to be the first swimmer across the line. Joel led throughout most of the race, with Brett lurking behind like a barracuda, waiting for his chance to strike. With a last minute burst of energy, Brett reeled in his competitor and crossed the line taking first place honours, with Joel Rombough a close second followed by Michael Lockwood in third place. Jodie Foster was the first female across the line in fourth place overall with a time of 10 minutes 38 seconds.

The CUC 800m sea swim marked the end of a successful Open Water Season for the Swim Association. The next 800m sea swim is scheduled for March, 2006.

December 3, 2005

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

82 competitors

Men’s Place Swimmer Time

1 Brett Fraser 9.40

2 Joel Rombough 9.45

3 Michael Lockwood 10.09

4 Marius Acker 11.16

5 Zack Myrie 11.18

6 Andrew Smiley 11.35

7 Ian Washbrook 11.42

8 Leon Elliott 11.45

9 Bill Kaye 12.41

10 A. McCallum 13.00

11 Seiji Groome 13.01

12 Geoffrey Butler 13.03

13 William McFarland 13.10

14 Victor Thompson 13.17

15 Brian McCarthy 13.41

16 Richard Harrison 14.07

17 Barend Blom 14.10

18 Chris Sariego 14.22

19 J.P. Hanekom 14.37

20 Rory Reid 14.46

21 Matthew Shortt 15.00

22 Bill Bewley 15.02

23 Richard Johnson 15.05

24 John Stafford 15.11

25 Perry Rombough 15.37

26 Jeremy Grieve 15.51

27 Peter Kennett 16.24

28 Alex Barlow 16.52

29 Mike Edge 17.09

30 Rodger Yeomans 17.10

31 Godfrey Finch 17.33

32 Randy Christian 17.45

33 Martin Waud 18.35

34 Allen Bloomrosen 18.36

35 Jeremy Smith 19.03

36 Simon Butler 19.50

37 Ger Finnegan 19.59

38 Henry Whitehead 20.33

39 Herb Cohen 20.42

40 Nevin Grieve 22.33

41 Iain McCallum 23.35

42 Alistar Walters 24.00

43 Michael Rossol 27.26

44 Adam Stainrod 34.35

45 Riley Connors 34.55

DNF Nick Cameron

Women’s Place Swimmer Time

1 Jodie Foster 10.38

2 Lisa Rombough 10.56

3 Alexa Robertson 11.39

4 Summer Flowers 12.08

5 Sally Rubner 13.11

6 Lara Butler 13.50

7 Anne Storie 14.09

8 Megan Duty 14.47

9 Amy Smith 14.50

10 Amber Myrie 15.23

11 Penny Brereton 15.30

12 Vicki Philip 15.33

13 Danielle Boothe 15.37

14 Brice O’Brien 16.03

15 Celine Macken 16.16

16 Hannah Philip 16.54

17 Ceri Saunders 17.00

18 Susan Kerr 17.02

19 Gill Comins 17.03

20 Alora Davis-Myles 17.18

21 Coral Tomascik 17.36

22 Brigitte Tomascik 17.38

23 Barb Pedersen 17.49

24 Sharon Connors 18.08

25 Emily Handscombe 18.19

26 H. MacMillan-Ord 18.32

27 Ann Stafford 18.51

28 Erin Grieve 19.26

29 Kalyn Teeling 19.36

30 Keri Louwerse 20.02

31 Georgia Long 20.17

32 Monica Watler 20.20

33 Judith Finch 21.58

34 Hannah Myrie 28.41

35 Sharon Stainrod 34.38

DNF Karen Cameron

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