Set for CARIFTA plunge

The Cayman Islands national swimming team is fully focused for the CARIFTAs in Nassau, Bahamas next month.

The tournament runs from 12-15 April and swimmers from Stingray Swim Club and Camana Bay Aquatic Club have been training hard all season.

Now, with the final qualifying meet – the Pete Ribbins Memorial Consolidated Water Meet which ended on Sunday – behind them, the task before CARIFTA Head Coach Dominic Ross and Assistant Coaches Katie Lambert and Paula Swaby-Ebanks of making the final team selection was one which has resulted in a strong, 26 member team.

Coach Ross said: “As coaches we are fully aware of the levels of commitment, sacrifice and effort displayed by each of these athletes. It is their dedication to the sport they love that has brought them to this point.

“The future has never been brighter for Cayman Islands swimming and it is with immense pride and tremendous anticipation that we continue with the final preparations for this team, working in unison towards a successful CARIFTA 2012.”

Mark Matthews, swimming association director, said: “We were delighted to receive the Coaches recommendations this year. Cayman swimming has experienced incredible growth in the past year and we anticipate that this growth trend will continue in the coming years under the leadership of Ian Armiger, the new Technical Director.”

“With a potential maximum team size of 32 swimmers the Cayman Islands will be sending 26 swimmers this year and with veteran CARIFTA swimmers from the Butler and McCallum families on the team the first time competitors will have good mentors in their team mates.

“I would like to congratulate all of our swimmers,” said Minister of Sports, Mark Scotland. “Swimming requires incredible commitment, discipline and focus and many early hours at the pool. I want to acknowledge the fortitude of these young athletes and to thank their parents for the support and often referenced ‘swim taxi service’ which they provide. On behalf of the Ministry of Sports and the Cayman Islands

Government we wish you all success in the Bahamas.”