The Stingray Swim Club held its traditional Pirates Week meet over the weekend.
The Mike Lockwood Memorial Meet included a couple of teams from Jamaica as well as other overseas swimmers.
This is always a good meet to gauge progress and someone who has certainly done that is Lara Butler. Tiny frame, but incredibly strong in the water, she was in so many events that she lost count. The 13-year-old Cayman Prep and High School student said: ‘I did 800 metres and improved my time by about 20 seconds and came second. I did 200m breast and came fifth in that in 3 minutes 4 seconds which is a personal best by two seconds. I’ve been swimming since I was five but competitively only since I was ten.’
On Saturday swim coach Dominic Ross stressed how impressed is with her development. ‘Lara’s been having a great meet. In fact, they all have, but she’s one of those that’s up and coming and she’s definitely got a bright future in the sport. She’s won a lot of events already this weekend and she’s got a lot more swims. Her 800m individual medley last night was amazing. She dropped her best time by 20 seconds. She’s been training really hard and racing really hard. That’s what I look for as a coach.’