Carifta hopefuls grab their chances

The Consolidated Water Swim Meet and Carifta Trials last weekend threw up some great performances.

The swimmers had a tough task, as this meet was their last chance to qualify for Carifta.

With the team being announced after the Sunday session, there would be no second chances. Anyone still needing to qualify for the team would have to do it at this meet.

There were some big performances, with Danielle Boothe setting pool records in the 100 metre backstroke, the 200m breaststroke, the 100m butterfly and the 200m individual medley for girls 11-12.

Lara Butler set a new pool record in the 200m freestyle for girls 13-14, while Tobias Mikkelsen, only six, set a new pool record for the 400m freestyle for boys 8 and under.

Boothe’s 100m butterfly performance was also a new Stingray swim club record, along with Butler’s performance in the 200m freestyle and Mikkelsen’s 400m freestyle performance.

Michael Matthews also set a new club record in the 50m backstroke for boys 9-10.

One of the biggest performances of the meet came from Tori Flowers, who also qualified for this summer’s Island Games in the 800m freestyle.

Alex McCallum made his Carifta qualification in the 400m freestyle on the very last day of competition.

A large number of the younger swimmers also stepped up to new longer distances and gave very good account of themselves.

The end of the competition saw the announcement of a 22 member team to represent Cayman in swimming at the Carifta Games.

One of the Stingray swimmers, Danielle Boothe, was also named as member of the Jamaican Carifta squad over the weekend.

Ali Jackson and Tobias Mikkelsen claimed the high points award for girls and boys 6 and under respectively. In the 7-8 age group the awards went to Stephanie Boothe and Jona Narborough, with Alice Narborough and Cole Morgan claiming the high point awards in the 9-10 age group.

With a number of new pool records under her belt, it was no surprise that Danielle Boothe claimed the girls high point award in the 11-12 age group, with Simon Butler claiming the boys award.

The 13-14 age group saw an all-Butler podium, with siblings Lara and Geoffrey claiming the awards.

Summer Flowers and Seiji Groome claimed the high point awards in the 15 and over age group.

This weekend will see coaches Dominic Ross and Jason Schmidt attempt a swim across North Sound from Rum Point to Barkers.

The swim had to be postponed twice, once due to illness and once due to unsuitable weather conditions. According to Ross, the coaches are hoping that the weather will cooperate, but are ‘likely to go for it regardless unless it is really bad out there.’

The swim is part of a fundraising effort for the Carifta team, with the coaches also hoping to inspire their charges through their own efforts.

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