Cayman swimmers had a great start at the regional Carifta tournament. They competed in Aruba over the weekend and did well after the first two days.
Lara Butler, Seiji Groome and Joel Rombough all won medals.
Butler won a silver on Friday in the 100 metres backstroke. She finished with a time of 1:11.71, some five seconds faster than her previous best time. The Carifta medal is the first of her fledgling career.
Butler has been in top form since the start. She finished fourth in the 400m Individual Medley, dropping more than 13 seconds off her personal best time. Moreover, she set the national record in the 13-14 age group of the 50m backstroke with a time of 34.89s.
Meanwhile, Groome won a gold medal in the 200m breaststroke on day one. He won his first ever Carifta medal in a time of 2:34.63. That time was six seconds faster than his preliminary heats and was enough to fend off challenges from the French and Netherlands Antilles.
Groome continues to swim well. He finished fourth in the age 400m IM by three hundredths of a second, taking 15 seconds off his previous best in the event. Plus he had personal best times in the 200m and 1500m freestyle and 50m butterfly.
Rombough (the only swimmer with previous Carifta experience) won his bronze on day two in the 400m IM. His time was not given at press time but it is understood that it was also a personal best.
For the experienced Rombough, the medal was a solid follow-up to his day one performance. He finished fourth in the 15-17 age group of the 1500m free and seventh in the 15-17 age group of the 200m breast.
Other members of the Cayman squad also had strong showings.
Joshua Bain finished ninth in the 100m back and swam his personal best in the 50m back and the 200m and 1500m free.
Geoffrey Butler placed seventh in the 200m free plus had personal bests in the 50m and 100m back plus the 400m IM.
Jackson Messer finished eighth in the 400m IM in the 11-12 age group and had personal best times in the 200m free and 50m and 100m fly.
Elliot Vernon had personal best times in the 200m breast plus the 50m and 100m fly.
For the girls, Lara and Summer Flowers finished sixth and eighth respectively in the 800m free. Lara dropped 50 seconds off her personal best in the event. Also, Summer set a new personal best in the 200m free.
Amber Myrie finished fourth in the 100m fly with a time 1:15.63. She also ended up sixth in the 200m freestyle to go with personal bests in the 50m fly and 400m IM.
Special mention also goes to Ariana Bain (200m fly, 200m free, 50m fly, 400m IM); Alora Davis-Myles (50m back, 50m and 100m fly, 400m IM); Abi Drummond (50m and 100m back, 50m and 100m fly); Tori Flowers (200m Free, 100m back); Alex McGrath (50m and 100m back); Luisa Roberts (50m and 100m back); Peter Stasuik (100m back) and Asher van Zanten (200m breast). All set personal best times in their events.
Overall, the Cayman team has done better than expected. Coaches and staff were excited to see what they would do for the rest of the tournament.
Groome got gold in 200m breast
Butler won silver in the 100m backstroke
Rombough got bronze in the 400m IM