Records tumble in end-of-season swim meet

The Progressive Distributors International Swim Meet at the Lions Aquatic Center saw spirited action while saying good-bye to two Lions Pool and two Stingray Swim Club (SSC) records.

With the participation of a select swim team from St. Andrews School from Boca Raton, all of the local and visiting swimmers raised their level of performance to new heights.

Record breakers included newly-joined SSC member Jellian Majors in the Girls 11-12 years 50M Freestyle (SSC Record), visitor Quinn Cassidy (son of the Sid Cassidy, St. Andrews Swim Coach and FINA Official) in both the Boys 11-12 years 50M Breaststroke & 100M Freestyle (Lions Pool Records), and Brett Fraser doing probably the impossible. Brett broke the Senior Boys 100M Freestyle SSC Record that had been set three years earlier by a home-grown swimming sensation, his brother Shaune.

National Coach Dominic Ross was not surprised at both the superior results of the record breakers and the majority of swimmers at the Progressive Distributors International Swim Meet. ‘We normally see records broken at this end of season meet as the swimmers’ stroke techniques are finely tuned and their physical fitness level is at a peak’, said Ross. ‘The strong performances put in by the Senior Swimmers also bode well for the upcoming Island Games in Rhodes, Greece in early July and Pan-Am games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil later the same month’, he added. Coach Dom finally noted, ‘But I was equally happy to see the participation of many first time swimmers to this high level meet – Cayman Swimming is definitely on a roll!’

The Progressive Distributors (PDL) Swim Meet saw five first-timers at the meet including Tru Hamilton, Sarah Jackson, Teagan Galloway (4-years old), Emily Link (4-years old), and Liam Majors. Garrett Thompson swam in only his second competitive race ever, while 5-year old Will Roberts actually jumped up to swim in the challenging 8&Under 50M Freestyle event.

The four day meet had begun with the distance events, 800M & 1500M Freestyle, on the Thursday night and continued with Friday night, Saturday morning & Sunday morning sessions. All of the participants enjoyed switching venues to compete in the fabulous Flowers One Mile Sea Swim on the Saturday afternoon. In fact, the top seven finishers at the Flowers Sea Swim were participants at the PDL swim meet: Brett Fraser (1st), Joel Rombough (2nd), Heather Roffey (3rd), Peter Stasiuk (4th), Andrew Grassano (5th), Brigitte Tomascik (6th), and Quinn Cassidy (7th).

On Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the meet, Progressive Distributors representative Harrison Foster took time out to present High Point Awards. Harrison was a stand out swimmer and CARIFTA Swim Meet participant in Jamaica in 2003. Mention was made of the Island Games Swim Team which includes: Brett Fraser, Jennifer Powell, Heather Roffey, Joel Rombough, Peter Stasiuk, Brigitte Tomascik, and Carolina Watler. The Pan-Am Games Swim Team includes Brett Fraser, Shaune Fraser and Heather Roffey.

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