The threatened rain held off and later in the morning the sun came out to welcome the swimmers back to the pool for the Stingray Swim Club’s first meet of 2010 last month.
It was the KPMG Sprint Meet, cementing and continuing a relationship between SSC and KPMG, a long time supporter of Cayman Swimming. They are also a hands-on partner and six of the young accountants came out and worked as timers – including Garth Ebanks who swam for Cayman at CARIFTA in 1997 and 1998 and an early member of SSC – while Lynn Watson-Robinson, finance and administration director at KPMG, was there to witness the end of the meet, present the prizes and have a photograph taken with the swimmers.
She said: “It was a pleasure to be able to participate and show support to the kids. ]A fun day for a very worthy cause.”
With the longest race being 100 metres, and most races being 25m or 50m, it was a day for hard, fast racing and we got lots of that. They also got lots of youngsters with 45 swimmers being 10 or younger.
There were some splendid individual battles going on. Isabella Tognazzo and Catriona Macrae, junior national team-mates, were neck and neck throughout while Danielle Boothe pushed Lara Butler, fresh from the World Swimming Championships, all the way.
They even had a dead-heat in the 50m free, and won one each of the three races they contested. Unbelievably, that wasn’t the only tie of the day as Brandon Williams and Simon Butler could not be separated in the 50m backstroke.
It was a good day for Simon as he posted a time that qualified him for CARIFTA along with Cole Morgan and Katie Klein. Congratulations to all three of them, all Stingray club members. In fact, Cole had an outstanding day. Only he and Seiji Groome won their five races and Cole set a personal best time in each, as well as securing the high-points award for his age group.
Stingray club president Brenda McGrath said she was delighted with the turnout and the enthusiasm. “What a wonderful start to the year, with so many young people here enjoying the racing. As always, we are so grateful to KPMG, who not only traditionally sponsor our first meet of the year, but have for many years now audited our accounts pro bono, which we – as a non-profit organisation – really appreciate”
Next up is a SSC trip to Jamaica this weekend for the Walter Rodgers Invitational Meet, and then on 13-17 March is the Cayman Water Meet and CARIFTA Trials to which all are welcome.
Contact any member of the Board or visit the SSC website www.caymanswimming.com for details.