Swim Club of Grand Cayman at the Lions Aquatic Centre was another resounding success.
There were swimmers from four local clubs or swim schools, from two different islands, featured swimmers aged between four and 44 and included one Olympic swimmer – Darren Mew.
The meet’s events took place over four days, allowing a wide array of events – in 50 metres sprints, 200m medium distances and 1500m long distances.
Sprint meets (50m events only, 25m for Under-6) can take place in half a day in Cayman, to afford swimmers the necessary rest and recovery between the longer events they are strategically scheduled over the four days mixing age groups, events and distances to maximise the swimmers’ ability to compete.
Bernard McGrath, managing director of Caledonian and a long-time supporter of swimming, attended on the Sunday to watch the final races. He revelled in the excitement of the relays – including the masters’ relays – and to present High Points’ trophies to the Age Group Winners.
“I was delighted with the turnout,” McGrath said. “There was a great atmosphere of excitement in the air and it crossed every age group, from the U-6s to the masters. We appreciate the hard work that Stingray Swim Club put in to this meet every year to make it such a resounding success and we look forward to seeing faster times, more swimmers – and particularly more masters swimmers in 2013.”
High points winners were: Girls: 6 & Under Veandra Robinson, Brac Barracudas; 7-8 years Stephanie Royston, Camana Bay; 9-10 years Alison Jackson, Stingray; 11-12 year, Kavanagh Lambert (CBAC); 13-14 years Coral Tomascik (CBAC) and 15 & Over Bethany Cleaver (CBAC). The Boys winners were – 6 & Under, Lachlin Lambert (CBAC); 7-8 years Corey Westerborg (SSC); 9-10 years Zachary Moore (CBAC); 11- 12 years Rory Barrett; 13-14 years Simon Butler and 15 & Over Alex McCallum.
In addition to the many personal best times, there were some new records set.
Stingray Swim Club saw three of its club records fall to Corey Westerborg who, so far this season has set 10 club records. In this meet he set new Stingray Club records for the boys 7-8 years 100m free, 50m breast and 100 individual medley.
And two new Lions Aquatic Centre Pool records were set by Camana Bay’s Zorora Motomba in the girls 9-10 50m free and Coral Tomascik in the girls 13-14 50m free.
Stingray Swim Club president, Brenda McGrath was delighted with the success of the meet. “Coming close on the heels of our early membership registration drive it was encouraging to see a number of our new members competing and completely immersing themselves in the swim club,” she said. “I would like to thank meet directors Melanie Solomon and Pat McCallum, the Stingray board members who assisted them and all the volunteers who officiated, timed or acted as marshals.
“Without our volunteers we simply can’t put on these meets and so it is important that they all know how much we, and the swimmers, appreciate the donation of their time to swimming.”
Heading into the summer will see Stingray Swim Club action slow down a little, however there will be a great deal of activity at the Lions Aquatic Centre with Government camps, a Stingray Swim Club camp and training throughout the summer.
Additionally a team of nine swimmers attended the St Petersburg Aquatics’ Long Course Invitational over the weekend. Geoffrey Butler will be competing in the British nationals this summer and brothers Alex and Iain McCallum are competing in the first FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Canada.
For information on Stingray Swim Club visit www.caymanswimming.com