The Stingray Swim Club held the first of its three summer swim meets – the SummerSplash Burner recently.
To offset the heat of the sun, this fun event was held in the evening, but nothing could cool the enthusiasm of the 60-odd youngsters who turned out to race in a series of short sprints.
Except for the 50 metre Open events, all races were run over 25 metres and keenly contested.
This was Friday night and this was happy hour for young athletes culminating in a free for all fun ‘combined’ race.
At ‘burners’ the emphasis is on swimming hard and fast with very few officials on duty. The pace is furious and if you blink, you miss the action.
Some swimmers won all their races – Samantha Peene, Jonathan Key, Hannah Parchment. Also turning in a perfect night’s work was 12 year-old Danielle Booth who beat CARIFTA medallist Lara Butler into second place all night.
Catriona Macrae came second to Parchment three times but her achievements were overshadowed by brother Iain – in his last meet as a six year-old – who won all the 6 and under races.
Another family having a good night were the Jacksons, with Sarah winning the 25m 7-8 breaststroke – denying Katie Klein her 100 per cent record for the evening – and coming second in all her other races, and sister Ali coming second in the three races she entered.
Also pipped in one race was David Lee who needs to work on his backstroke to move into the ‘all-win’ category’.
Clearly delighted was Meet Director Kelly Rooney. ‘It was great to see so many young swimmers come out on a Friday night to get in the pool and race.’
Next up for the Stingray Swim Club is the traditional Lions Sprint Meet on May 31, and then the four-day PDL Meet June 11-15, which takes in the Flowers Sea Swim and Fathers Day. For more information, go to: (http://www.caymanswimming.com)