A strong field of 59 intrepid swimmers took to the water early last Saturday morning, to participate in one of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association’s more challenging swims, Zulu’s 2nd Annual 2-Mile sea swim.
The swim-enthusiasts started the race at 8:30am off the Courtyard Marriott, with perfect swim conditions; a light easterly breeze, perfect visibility and a slight northerly current at the start. The members of Cayman’s hard-training junior national swim-team led the pack from the beginning, with a few hearty masters swimmers following close behind, trying to keep up with the wicked pace being set by their younger competitors. Stingray Swim Club member Zack Myrie swam so fast that a remora thought he was a shark and tried to attach itself to him during the first mile, much to Zack’s displeasure.
The swimmers made their turn for home one-mile down the beach at the Ritz Carlton, and utilized the added boost of the northerly current to help them stroke their way through the water at an even faster pace. 16 year old Peter Stasiuk was the first to cross the line in 44 minutes 39 seconds, followed by up and comer Seiji Groome and the first finishing female, Summer Flowers. Mark Cummings was the first male masters swimmer to finish in an impressive 49:15. Sally Rubner was the first masters female in at 56:22. The athletic husband and wife team of Patrick and Karen Hackenberg won the relay division.
After the race, the swimmers enjoyed Red Bull sports drinks supplied by Zulu Distributors, as well as Gatorade and Le Bleu water. As they were presenting the awards to the first three finishers in each age group, the fine fellows from Zulu’s Distributors promised that they would be back next year to sponsor the 2-mile once again.