Little Stingrays surging ahead

The Stingray Swim Club Spring
Sprint got a new sponsor in Cayman National Bank – no strangers to supporting
swimming in Cayman – and an afternoon of racing to match the intense heat.

Most encouraging for the club and
Cayman swimming in general, was the large number of swimmers aged 10 and under
who swarmed to the pool and made the older landlubbers feel tired with their
enthusiasm and energy. It was fast and furious as the youngsters swam over 25
and 50 metres only.

Seven-year-old Tobias Mikkelsen,
mostly swimming out of his age group with the 10 & unders, seemed to be
involved in the best races of the day, just beating Jona Narborough twice in
the butterfly and the backstroke, then denying Iain Macrae a clean sweep in the
eight & unders by winning the 100 metre individual medley by 0.32 seconds.

His closest race however was not a
victory as he just failed to get past Jonathan Key in the 50 metre freestyle by
0.01 seconds (that’s about a fingernail).

Some swimmers did win all their
races; Corey Westerborg in the six & under boys and Danielle Boothe in the
13-14 girls and all three Butlers – Simon, Geoffrey and Lara – made scoring the
high points award easy.

 Lara broke three records for good measure,
claiming a pool record in the 50 metre backstroke and both the pool record and
a club record in the 50m breaststroke.

Other record breakers were Danielle
Boothe (pool and club record in the 13-14 50m butterfly), Coral Tomascik (pool
and club record in the 11-12 100m IM) and Iain Macrae (club record in the eight
& under 100m IM).

It’s not all about winning and
breaking records. Just as important were the youngsters who filled the pool setting
new personal best times or just swimming as hard as they knew how and having fun.

In the freestyle races there were three
and four year-olds and a 28 year-old – although they didn’t all swim in the
same race.

Ana Casildo from Cayman National
Bank enjoyed the atmosphere and had her photo taken with the swimmers and was
thoroughly impressed with the set-up and the endeavour of the swimmers, commenting
that it was a pleasure to have supported the event.

Stingray’s Adam Roberts said: “The
lub wishes to thank CNB, the parents who packed the bleachers, the swimmers who
behaved really well and the volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen
and stood in the heat for many hours.

“Also a huge vote of thanks as
always to coaches Dom, Andrea, Marie and Paula who gave up their Saturday afternoon
to make this run smoothly.”

SSC’s next event is a trip to
Sarasota just before the oldest fixture on the calendar, the Lions Sprint Meet
in the Lions Pool on 29 May. This is followed by the Caledonian Meet from 16-20

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