Olympians at Lions

There is more than one swimming event taking place over the weekend.

Although the Flowers Sea Swim garners most of the attention, the Caledonian swim meet will features Cayman’s top swimmers, along with some visitors, competing in their more usual environment at the Lions Aquatic Centre.

The highlight of the meet promises to be a planned exhibition swim by some of the visiting Olympians here to compete in the Flowers Sea Swim.

The opening ceremonies for the meet will take place at 5pm today, with the exhibition swim planned to take place at around 5:15pm.

Depending on their schedules, the field could include Cayman Olympians Shaune and Brett Fraser as well as Andrew Mackay. Visiting Olympians who might make an appearance could include such internationally recognised names as Ryan Lochte, Ian Crocker, Neil Walker and Anthony Nesty.

The exhibition swim will be followed by swimmers in the six and under group competing in a 25 metre freestyle event, presenting an interesting comparison between the flawless strokes of the Olympians and the still developing stroke technique of the youngsters.

The meet will also feature 14 swimmers from the Surrey Park Swim Club in Australia.

The swimmers are coached by former Cayman Islands national swim coach Dave Kelsheimer and Cayman features as a stop on the club’s tour of the United States, where they will compete in a number of swim meets.

Cayman national swim coach Dominic Ross believes the presence of some new competition will be very good for his charges.

‘It is always exciting when we are able to attract overseas competition for our swimmers and it is critical to the success of the programme that we are able to continue to do so,’ he said.

Caledonian is an important sponsor for Cayman swimming, as apart from their sponsorship of the Caledonian swim meet they are also a sponsor for CARIFTA and the Cayman Islands Olympic team, therefore touching Cayman swimming at every level.

With a full range of age groups and races available, the meet caters for swimmers of all ages and competitive abilities.

The first session of the meet took place on Wednesday evening, with the final session taking place on Sunday morning at 9am. This leaves all the swimmers and spectators with a full day to enjoy the events surrounding the Flowers Sea Swim tomorrow.