All 22 were superb

The Cayman swimming team that returned from the CARIFTA Games in Aruba did exceptionally well with two of them earning gold medals.

Lara Butler actually got two golds and two bronzes and Seiji Groome grabbed a gold.

Swim coach Dominic Ross was pleased with the efforts of all 22 team members.

He said: ‘The team as a whole swam very well, the medals are fun and the team points are nice but the most important thing is that they all continue to get stronger and faster.’

Of the 117 individual events in which the Cayman swimmers took part, they swam to personal best times in 101 of those. At this level that is a huge percentage for any team.

Apart from the medals, Tori Flowers had a strong fourth place finish in the 800 metres free in an age group in which she will again participate next year.

Coral Tomascik reached many finals and finished with multiple top eight performances in her first year of CARIFTA eligibility.

Other finalists and top eight finishers were Jackson Messer and Summer Flowers.

Special mention goes to the Girls 13-14 years 800m free relay team of Lara Butler, Amber Myrie, Abi Drummond and Tori Flowers who fought hard to touch the wall third in that event but unfortunately a slightly quick start and subsequent disqualification meant they didn’t collect the medal.

Cayman resident and training partner of the Cayman swimmers, Danielle Boothe, swam brilliantly, picking up two gold and two silver medals in her events as well as being a part of all of Jamaica’s medal winning relay teams in the girls 11-12 age group, finishing the meet with three golds, four silvers, two bronze medals and two CARIFTA records.

Seiji Groome broke the Cayman Islands national records in the 50m and 200m breaststroke events. He also won gold in the 200m breaststroke.

Ross added: ‘The team only loses one member to age this year, Peter Stasiuk, so we look forward to heading to Jamaica 2010 with a bigger, stronger and faster team!’

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