Swimmers back in the water

Emphasis is on fun

The sun was out to welcome the swimmers back to the pool for the Stingray Swim Club’s first meet of 2008, the fourth KPMG Get Back in the Water Burner Meet.

The first burner was staged in 2005 and was specifically aimed at getting swimmers into the pool after the trauma of Ivan.

The emphasis was on fun and participation and was such a success that SSC now holds three a year.

As the emphasis is on fun, there are no high points awards, although medals and ribbons are awarded and Jennifer Frizzelle, a partner at KPMG was there to hand them out. It was also a nice touch that several of the young accountants from this long-term supporter of the Cayman Swimming came out and worked as timers.

There were new faces; Maya Smith, Paris Broad, Ellen Plunkett and Keira Gaunt were competing in their first meet and it was good to see SSC’s newest member, Martha Rivers, over from the Brac to race against more experienced competitors. Fayra Toniolo was another new name who fared well in all her races.

It may be fun, and it certainly was as lots of happy faces showed, but it was also fast (the longest race was 50 metres) and the swimmers took the racing pretty seriously. Astonishingly, there were two dead heats on the day. In the 9-10 Boys 25 metre Freestyle, David Lee tied for second with Dean Addleson in his last meet as a 10-year old, and they were only .43 of a second behind the winner. In the Open 50 metre Freestyle, 11 year-olds Elliott Vernon and Jackson Messer clocked exactly the same time with 12 year-old Geoffrey Butler only .02 of a second slower!

Not only will Dean be moving up to 12 & under for the next meet but so will Bethany Cleaver. She finished her last week as a 10-year-old by winning two of her four races, while Dean managed a victory in his 25 metre Butterfly. Other notable performances were Iain Macrae and Jonathan Key, 6 and 8 respectively, who each won all their races, while 8 year-old Katie Klein did the same in the Girls’ 7-8 division.

Next up is a well-supported SSC trip to Jamaica to take part in the Karl Dalhouse Invitational Meet, when SSC is putting out a large team and then on February 13- 17 is the Cayman Water Meet and CARIFTA Trials to which all are welcome. Contact any member of the Board or visit the SSC website (http://www.caymanswimming.com/) for details. All the results from Saturday’s meet are now on the website