Harvard pupil tops Flowers mark

Several international swimmers took
part in last weekend’s 18th annual Flowers Sea Swim. One of them that earned
major props was Alex Meyer.

The New York native was the top
male finisher for the one-mile open water swim. The Harvard University swimmer
also set a new male course record. Official results are forthcoming but
unofficial estimates point to a time of 17 minutes and 18 seconds, which is
about one second better than the previous mark.

For his efforts, Meyer walked away
with a nice trophy and a cool US$5,000 cheque. Meyer stated that he was happy
to win.

“It was awesome. I was here for
five days and it was a real good swim,” Meyer said. “There were some real good
swimmers I competed against. I didn’t realise it was $5K for the new record and
it’s great that I broke it and won. The prize is good for me and yeah I’ll
admit it’s pretty awesome to win $5K.”

The top three places were all
occupied by overseas competitors. Second place for the men went to Ally Bradley
and third place to Eugene Tee of Australia. Cayman’s Olympic swim heroes Shaune
and Brett Fraser came fifth and sixth respectively.

On the women’s side of things Eva
Fabian, 16, was the top finisher.

As a young adult, Meyer has plenty
of experience in 10K and 25K open water swimming. In addition he has swam in
the pool throughout his four years at school. He recorded the second-fastest
time in school history for the 1650m freestyle at the NCAA Championships for
the 2009-2010 season and garnered numerous awards for his results in the Ivy
League Championship.

During the Flowers swim it is
estimated that Meyer was swimming at a rate of 72-79 strokes per minute, going
up to about 80 strokes when he separated from the pack.

Meyer states he intend to use his
experience and his Flowers success to take part in other competitions this
year.

“I’m on the US national team. After
training in Boston the next thing I’ll be doing is swimming a 25K event in the
World Championships in July. After that there’s a 10K swim I’ll do. It was an
honour to be invited to compete in Cayman and put on a
good show.”

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