Stingrays start new season with another burner

The Stingray Swim Club held its
last swim meet of the season in June and was delighted to welcome back
Caledonian Bank as sponsors.

It is the swimmers who garner the
plaudits and rightly so as they put in the hours of training and the work in
the pool. But they also serve those who only wait. And there is a lot of
waiting involved being the parent of a swimmer, in the carpark and on the bleachers.
Having the final day on Father’s Day gave everyone the opportunity to recognise
the contribution of the male parents.

It is also an advantage of having
this meet around the Flowers Sea Swim that overseas swimmers visiting for the
year’s premier open sea swim can take part. This year the Stingray Club
welcomed swimmers from Australia and Guatemala and Lions Pool records fell to
swimmers from both visiting countries. Alex Good from Australia took two
records (50 metres butterfly and 50m backstroke) while Valerie Gruest from
Guatemala took four (200m and 400m freestyle, 100m and 200m individual medley),
all in the 11-12 girls’ category. Not to be outdone, three Cayman swimmers
broke records themselves: Danielle Boothe took club and pool records in 13-14
girls’ 100m and 200m breaststroke, while a pool record fell to Zororo Mutomba
(8 and under sirls in the 200m backstroke). Lara Butler broke a pool record
for  the 15 and over girls 100m  backstroke and captured club and pool records
in the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

Stingray publicity officer Adam
Roberts said: “The Stingray Swim Club thanks Caledonian Bank for its continued
support and all the parents and volunteers who made last season a successful
one, as well, of course, the swimmers who make all of this worthwhile. They
also wish to acknowledge again the coaching staff who have worked wonders in
addition to their long hours and give up so much free time for the youngsters –
a huge thank you to them.”

The new season is already starting,
on Saturday 18 September, with an ever-popular ‘burner’ followed by the annual
general meeting on 13 October and a sprint meet on 16 October. The club will
also be starting its membership drive on 18 September as the SSC year runs from
1 October to 30 September.

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Full results are available on
the SSC website, www.caymanswimming.com.

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