Lollipops made sweet splashes

The swimming scene in Grand Cayman is really flourishing. That was in evidence last week when over 115 swimmers, including some overseas guests, turned out for the final of three event in the Open Water Swim Series hosted by Camana Bay Aquatic Club. 

This was the first time the swim club had hosted an open water event – and organisers were impressed with the turn-out and enthusiasm. “The series has been great for everyone,” club associate head coach Katie Lambert said of the family-friendly events. “We had a tremendous amount of parent and volunteer support, which led to a very well-organised series – and to a very positive experience for the swimmers.” 

Open to swimmers of all abilities, the Saturday morning meets took place over the last six weeks on Governor’s Beach, with competitors swimming north towards Public Beach. Each event started with a 200 metre Lollipop Dash, specifically for children 10 and under, followed by a Sea Swim and Water Walk, which increased in distance throughout the series from 400m to 800m. 

Last Saturday’s 800m Sea Swim was won by Mathias Kolleck, who completed the race in an impressive time of 10 minutes 47.5 seconds. Second place went to Camana Bay Aquatic Club member Coral Tomascik in 10:51.35. 

William Balderamos finished third in 11:16.7. “The Sea Swims were great practice for the annual Flowers Sea Swim in June,” said coach Katie. “For many of the participants, the series was their first taste of open water competitive swimming, allowing them to build open water confidence in a friendly environment.” 

“It’s a great way for the community to come together and enjoy one of our most beautiful resources,” said club associate head coach Dominic Ross. And it was a particularly beautiful day for volunteer Naidelys Eden, who received a surprise marriage proposal from her boyfriend of eight years, Roderick Henry, who had secretly flown in from New York to propose. 

“We are now gearing up for the CARIFTA Games, which the club will attend for the first time this weekend,” added coach Dominic. “This is the first time that CBAC has made an appearance at the championships and everyone is excited and proud to see the swimmers’ hard work paying off.” 

“We could not be more proud of our eight swimmers selected for the 2012 CARIFTA national Team, of which six are first-time CARIFTA swimmers,” said club president, Jeffrey Wight. “We are also proud of CBAC swimmer Danielle Boothe, who has been selected to represent Jamaica and will join her team-mates 
in Nassau.” 

The 26 Cayman National Team swimmers, comprising of both CBAC and Stingray Swim Club members leave for the Bahamas on Tuesday. The XXIV 2012 CARIFTA Swimming Championships are in Nassau from 
12-15 April. 

For more information on the Camana Bay Aquatic Club, contact coach Katie at [email protected] 

This was the first time the swim club had hosted an open water event – and organisers were impressed with the turn-out and enthusiasm. 

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