Tamascik medals as Cayman excels

Not to be outdone by their track
and field counterparts, Cayman’s swimmers were doing their best to find glory
in Jamaica at the CARIFTA Championships in Kingston

At the end of the first day’s competition
on Saturday, the Cayman Islands swimmers had collected four medals, three
bronze and a gold.

Coral Tomascik won the gold in the
girls 11-12 200 metres breaststroke.

The bronzes came from Tori Flowers
(girls 13-14 800m freestyle), Geoffrey Butler (boys 13-14 1500m freestyle) and
Seiji Groome (boys 15-17 200m breastroke).

Twenty-two of the 27 individual
swims on day one produced personal best times by Cayman’s swimmers.

Coach Dominica Ross said: “The
relay teams, although not hugely competitive, provided the team with a total of
12 very welcome points between them and concluded what could only be described
as a hugely successful first day.

“With the exception of Seiji, all
of the medal winners are first time CARIFTA medal winners and all 23 of the
competing athletes look strong and fit and are ready to take on the challenge
of the rest of the competition.”

Three more medals came on Sunday.
Tomascik took her second medal of the meet with a bronze in the 100m backstroke
and followed that just 30 minutes later with a dominating performance in
winning the gold in the 400m individual medley, leaving the second place
finisher some 12 seconds behind her.

Lara Butler picked up her first
medal, in her first year in the girls 15-17 group, dropping nine seconds from
her own personal best time to finish third and take bronze.

Ross said: “Two days down, two days
to go. Half way through the competition, the medal total of seven has already
surpassed last year’s total for the meet of five. Our 103 points puts us in ninth
place of the 16 competing Countries and we are eighth in the medal table at
this point.”