Seven Mile Beach ready for stars

As
one of Cayman’s biggest open water events, the annual Flowers Sea Swim has done
well to showcase Cayman’s swimming talent. In years past many notable Caymanian
prodigies have participated.

From
Olympic heroes like the Fraser brothers (Shaune and Brett, who were top
finishers at last year’s race) to future heroes like Seiji Groome and Andrew
Smilley, the best of Cayman swimming is well represented. At the same token the
Flowers event is a big draw to international names and this year will be no
different.

Organiser
Dara Flowers-Burke, daughter of the event’s founder Frankie Flowers, told who
some of the international stars are for this year’s event taking place
Saturday.

“We
have BJ Bedford, Kristy Kowal, Anthony Nesty and Rada Owen confirmed for the
race. New to the race this year is Maritza Correia – she is the first
African-American woman to make the US Olympic swim team and also the first
Puerto Rican native. She won silver in Athens and is a former US National
champion numerous times.

“We
are super excited to have two open water swimming specialists join us this
year. Eva Fabian is a 15 year-old up-and-coming open water swimmer who is
winning many of the world’s most competitive races. She is beating older and
more experienced competition, such as her win recently at the Nike Swim Miami
over the 2009 World Open Water Swimmer of the Year, Poliana Okimoto. We are
also lucky to have Alex Meyer joining us. He is considered the third top male
open water swimmer from the States.

“Of
course, we have our own Olympians Shaune and Brett Fraser and Andrew Mackay
supporting the swim. Unfortunately, Heather Roffey will be away and won’t be
able to join us. We are hoping that Ryan Lochte will be able to join us again,
but his coach is still setting his summer schedule.”

Flowers-Burke
went on to say many of those first-time international competitors will benefit
from an improved structure.

“We
have improved a lot of the administrative and technical procedures this year.
Firstly we’d like people to know that there is a lot of helpful information
that’s been added to the website: www.flowersseaswim.com. Swimmers, especially
those who have not competed before, can read all about the race day procedures
on our website.”