New Jersey challenge

Three of Cayman’s best swimmers went to New Jersey to compete in the CeraVe Invitational, hosted by Berkeley Aquatics at Rutgers University pool over the weekend.

It was the first time for Lara Butler, Joshua Bain and Seiji Groome.

A very competitive large meet, run in three sessions per day in separate age-group and Open age competition, it was traditionally attended by high school and university swimmers from all over the northeast United States with the fastest qualifying times.

Cayman swimmers have attended several times previously, thanks to the Cayman Islands Aquatic Swim Associatuib

Coach Dominic Ross said as they left: ‘This meet has always proven to be a big stepping stone for our athletes, it gives them the opportunity to see what else is out there and race against some different people.

‘It is traditionally a pretty fast meet, highlighted this year by the presence of US Olympic team member Elizabeth Beisel.’

Meanwhile, the international English Channel races will be held this year between August 19-24.

The English are really stepping it up when it comes to open water swimming, which is good news for Cayman who have lots of potential world class competitors.

On the first day, eight of the world’s top male swimmers will compete in the first group and six of the world’s top female swimmers and two celebrity-athlete relay teams will compete in the second group.

On the second day, up to 12 charity relay teams will compete.

More New Jersey meet information and results are available at: www.berkeleyaquatic.org/ceraveinvitational/CeraVeinvitational.htm

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