Toronto’s big meets inspired everyone

A team of Camana Bay Aquatic Club and Stingray Swim Club swimmers, their coaches and a support group of parents were in Toronto earlier this month, to compete in two big meets.

They were the 13th Annual Mega City Short Course Special and North York Aquatic Club 29th Annual Youth Cup over 1-4 December.

Mega City is more of a developmental meet for newer, emerging talent, while the Youth Cup is an international high calibre swim meet for competitive swimmers ages 11 to 17. Both meets are highly respected within the international youth swim circuit.

The meets were held at the Etobicoke Olympian pool, to accommodate over 1,200 swimmers from across Canada, as well as the 32 Cayman Islands swimmers.

Mega City highlights saw younger swimmers make significant strides toward their individual goals. “For some of the younger swimmers, this was their first taste of competitive swimming abroad,” said Camana Bay coach Katie Lambert.

“There were approximately 850 swimmers in the Mega City and some events had over 185 swimmers competing in them. We had 26 swimmers compete altogether and all achieved personal best times.”

They included Lois Moody, 14, who placed first in the 100 metre butterfly with a personal best of 1 minute, 17.54 seconds and Isabella Tognazzo, 13, who placed 1st in the 100m backstroke with a personal best of 1 minute, 16.65 seconds.

Kavanagh Lambert, 11, placed third in the 50m breaststroke and Drew Milgate, 12, placed third in the 50m breast. Camana Bay had a total of 32 top ten finishes over the weekend, leading the team to place sixth overall against 12 swim clubs.

Six swimmers from Camana Bay and Stingray were in the Youth Cup. “The Youth Cup was a very fast meet with many talented swimmers,” said coach Katie. “Both

Danielle Boothe and Coral Tomascik had a total of ten personal bests between them. Tomascik, 14, swam a personal best of 28.39 seconds in the 50m freestyle to place ninth and Boothe, 15, took three seconds off her personal best in the 100m breaststroke to place eighth.

Stingray members of the representative team were brothers Geoffrey and Simon Butler and Alex and Iain McCallum. All four had personal bests in multiple events with Geoffrey placing ninth in the 15-17 age group, 400m freestyle and finishing his 200m free in under two minutes for the first time.

Simon reached his first final in the 400m freestyle and finished eighth overall and both Iain and Alex had personal bests with Alex knocking four seconds off his 200m backstroke. National coach Dominic Ross accompanied the Stingray swimmers.

The Camana Bay Aquatic Club will mark its first-year anniversary this month. In that short time the club has grown to almost 150 team members, spanning ages 5 to 15. Coach Katie Lambert, who has been at the helm since its inception, says the growing success of the Camana Bay Aquatic Club is due to the strong team atmosphere and the many benefits of competitive swimming.

“I am very proud of the team for training so hard over the past few months,” she said. “So many of the swimmers had set great personal goals and competing in the Youth Cup and Mega City meets is just the beginning. Most clubs had over 150 swimmers competing, so we did really well to finish sixth.”

For more information about the Camana Bay Aquatic Club, email coach Katie Lambert at: [email protected] For more information about the Stingray Swim Club, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, email [email protected] or visit www.caymanswimming.com