The Stingray Swim Club sponsored Sprint Meet two weeks ago was not short of enthusiasm, swimmers or plenty of water.
A dry, but slightly overcast sky was welcome as the meet started but as the meet continued competitors, supporters and officials were soaked as the rain moved in, and settled, for the rest of the day.
One hundred and thirty-seven swimmers took part in the sprint meet at the Lions Swimming Pool, with 35 from hosts and meet sponsor Stingray Swim Club, 86 from Camana Bay Aquatic Club and 11 from Cayman Brac – whose participation was made possible by long-time swimming supporter Cayman Airways.
For many swimmers this was their first competitive meet, for others it was the chance to revive friendly rivalries or make their mark as the official swim season started.
With many older swimmers from Stingray and Cayman Brac hoping to make official qualifying times so that they can attend an upcoming meet in Toronto – the Toronto Youth Cup – officials and swimmers tried to wait for the rain to stop but just as it appeared to be letting up another squall would blow through and eventually the meet had to be called off.
With the next meet where official times can be obtained scheduled for this Saturday 29 October at Camana Bay, swimmers are training hard to try and secure those times.
Stingray Club meet director, Brenda McGrath said: “It was phenomenal to see so many swimmers come out for the sprint meet, and it was especially good to see Mike Hundt and his team from Cayman Brac. Swimming is growing as a sport in Cayman and our athletes know that they have to meet internationally set standards to compete.
“It is this knowledge that makes them show up for training six times a week, sometimes at 5.30am and it is this knowledge and commitment to their sport that makes us – the coaches, the parents, the supporters so very proud of our swimmers. Thank you too to the many volunteers who braved the weather to help on the day.”
McGrath added: “Stingray Swim Club members who trained under coach Dominic Ross in Cayman, Shaune and Brett Fraser, Lara Butler and Tori Flowers represented the Cayman Islands at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico. We salute their achievements and their positive role as ambassadors of the Cayman Islands and are delighted to add our voice of congratulations to Brett and Shaune on the three medals.”
Stingray’s next meet is during Pirates week, the Mike Lockwood Memorial Meet coming from 16-20 November.
Although the Stingray Sprint Meet was called off early due to the weather, when results were tallied up the following swimmers were recognised as age group winners:
Girls – Veandra Robinson: CBAC
Boys – Tate Marr: CBAC
Girls – Maeve Anderson: CBAC
Boys – Jake Bailey: SSC
Girls – Samantha Bailey: SSC
Boys – Zachary Moore: CBAC
Girls – Stefanie Boothe: SSC
Boys – Eddie Weber: CBAC
Girls – Alice Narborough: SSC
Boys – Simon Butler: SSC
15 & Over
Girls – Danielle Boothe: SSC
Boys – Geoffrey Butler: SSC