Caledonian splash out

The Caledonian Swim Meet, hosted by the Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman at the Lions Aquatic Centre started on Thursday and carries on over the weekend until Sunday.

By the numbers this meet is shaping up to be an exciting one with 115 swimmers, ranging in age from 4-44.

Four swimmers from the Brac, one former Olympian and a total of 98 events, including relays, scheduled over the four days.

This meet provides a great mix of sprint, medium and long distance events for spectators.

The opportunity for Cayman’s swimmers to test themselves in the longer distance events which are not part of the faster sprint meets is an important one. There are currently only two other meets hosted domestically in the season when this opportunity is available: The Michael Lockwood Memorial, Pirates Week Meet and the Consolidated Water Meet.

Bernard McGrath, managing director of Caledonian and a long-time supporter of swimming, said: “Year after year Caledonian supports this event because swimming is not only a great sport, but also a critical life skill.

“We applaud the outstanding efforts of the Government and of the swimming association to make swimming available to all and we congratulate the swim clubs and schools which help to move swimming from a basic skill to a competitive advantage which can translate into a lifestyle or a scholarship for further education.

Accepting the sponsorship with McGrath were Melanie Solomon, a director with Stingray Swim Club and Vanessa Polack, a marketing coordinator for Caledonian.

Heading into the summer will see Stingray Swim Club will send a team of nine swimmers to the Saint Petersburg Aquatics’ Long Course Invitational – 6-8 July.

Geoffrey Butler will be competing in the British nationals this summer and brothers Alex and Iain McCallum will compete in the first FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, in Canada.