Stingray action cut short

The Stingray Swim Club held its first swim meet of the season, the Cayman Airways Sprint Meet.

It was on Saturday at the Lions Aquatic Centre beside the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Cayman Airways representative Olivia Scott attended as she braved the scattered downpours to support youngsters and the sport of swimming. Swimmers anxiously awaited as Scott drew Hannah Parchment’s name, the lucky winner of a Cayman Airways ticket.

The Cayman Airways Sprint Meet has traditionally been a sprint meet. The races are short and fast with no long distance races, making it a perfect event for younger, novice swimmers.

Stingray Club offials were happy to see loads of new faces. For many of the 67 participants, this was a first-ever swim meet.

Ages ranged from one competitor as young as two to ‘veteran’ swimmer Andrew Smilley at 18. Seiji Groome, 15, the club’s best swimmer was there. Coach Dominic Ross was pleased with the turnout.

The stands were full of supportive parents and friends. Loud cheers and applause emanated from the bleachers, encouraging the youngest age groups to cross the length of 25 metres, a daunting distance for many of the youngest.

Even as young as five and six years old, the determination could be seen in their eyes. Older swimmers were very focused and competitive, each challenging for personal best times.

The atmosphere was positive, if not very wet, and the meet was a good introduction to competitive swimming for those new to the programme.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not cooperate. While swim meets generally continue rain or shine, approaching fork lightening caused officials to call the meet off before the finish.

The Stingray Swim Club is hoping to complete the remaining races at a later date. Results will be available soon.

The next swim meet, the Michael Lockwood Memorial Pirate’s Week Meet, is over the weekend of November 14-16.