The LIME 800 metres swim on Saturday had the usual parade of CARIFTA heroes, serious swimmers and casual entrants on a glorious day in blazing sun and again it was a Butler who grabbed the limelight, only this time it was not Lara but her younger brother Geoffrey who stole the show.
Lara won four golds at the CARIFTA Games in Barbados over the Easter weekend but fatigue must have been the reason for her relatively low placing of fifth this time.
Geoffrey, 15, won in 9 minutes and 53 seconds, with Seiji Groome three seconds behind and Elliot Vernon third in 10:21. Fourth was Lara’s other younger sibling Simon.
Coral Tomascik was the next female home, in sixth place, in a time of 10 minutes and 52 seconds.
American newcomer Lexie Kelly followed, then came Iain McCallum, Andrew Smilley and Lois Moody completed the top ten places.
A total of 145 swimmers finished the course which stretched from Governor’s Beach up to Public Beach.
Swimming programme head coach Dominic Ross looked on, pleased with their performances and thankful that he hadn’t needed to have the swimmers cut off all hair which had been a forfeit for the number of personal bests achieved at CARIFTA.
In 13th place was all-action Governor Duncan Taylor who was pleased to have beaten his nemesis Victor Thompson.
Pre-race instructions were given by Olive Balderarmos whose two adult children were in the swimming programme as juniors. Balderarmos wants to help build up the programme now and was featured last week in this paper for paying out of her own pocket for a trip to the Bahamas in February to attend an important FINA seminar. Balderarmos and Adam Roberts of the Stingray Swim Club are the two highest qualified swimming administrators in Cayman who could be selected for Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and world championships. She would like to see more Cayman residents qualify to this level.
Frank Flowers, as usual, supported this race and also kept himself in shape for his own annual one mile swim in June.
Frank’s recently appointed sea swim coordinator Lexie Kelly, from California, must have felt this was a sprint.
Last month she broke the existing 5.4 mile record from Cayman Brac to Little Cayman with a 1 hour 53 minutes and 35 second crossing with Steve Munatones.