Frasers cheered on sprinters

Two Cayman Islands celebrity swimmers were at the Stingray Swim Club meet cheering on the youngsters last week.

The Cayman National Sprint Meet, hosted by the Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman at the Lions Aquatic Centre saw 85 swimmers in the pool and supporting them from the pool deck were founding Stingray members, Olympians Shaune and Brett Fraser.

For Cayman National are long time supporters of Stingray Club and local swimming. Cayman National’s Claudia Welds was delighted with the meet. “With swimmers from Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac here we knew it was going to be an exciting morning.

“Having Shaune and Brett on deck, cheering on the swimmers was an added bonus. These young men are role models and examples to us all. Their commitment, dedication and discipline are the characteristics we hope to see swimming foster in all of the young athletes who took part today. Being a part of something so positive for our youth is why we support Stingray Swim Club.”

Brett said: “We are here for the CUC 800m Sea Swim this afternoon. We haven’t done a Sea Swim for a while so it is going to be fun to get back in the sea and swim … the opportunity to be a role model for Cayman’s young swimmers both here at the meet and later today at the beach is an honour.”

Shaune was a little more nostalgic. “Being here, at the Lions Pool, for a swim meet brings back so many memories. This is where it all started and it is great to see the programme and Stingray going strong.”

Sprint meets focus on the short distances – 25 metre races for the Under-6s and U8s and 50m races for the other age groups. With all of the scheduled races taking place between 9am and 12:30pm sprint meets are generally short and fast in excitement and ultimately there were a number of well deserving swimmers recognised with High Points Awards.

Boys: 6 & Under – Will Sellars (Team TI); 7-8 – Corey Westerborg (SSC); 9-10 – Krishna Adapa (SSC); 11-12 – Alex Dakers (SSC); 13-14 – Cole Morgan (SSC) and 15 & Over – Kyle Fraser and Alex McCallum (SSC).

In the girls division High Points winners were: 6 & Under – Marisa Poole (SSC); 7-8 Veandra Robinson (Brac Barracudas); 9-10 Alison Jackson (SSC); 11-12 Stefanie Boothe (SSC); 13-14 – Katie Klein (SSC) and 15 & Over – Lauren Williams (SSC).

In the Boys 7-9 age group special mention goes to both Corey Westerborg who was High Points winner in his age group and who also lowered his own SSC Short Course Record for 8 & Under 50 Fly to 43:84 from 45:64; and to the Brac Barracuda’s Aidan Van der Touw who placed second in his age group and demonstrates great improvement every time he competes.

In the 10 & Under Boys, Krishna Adapa deserves special mention for winning High Points in his age group for the first time, improving from an upstart newcomer just a year ago, to now claiming this award.

Stingray President, Brenda McGrath was delighted with the turn out. “It really was a wonderful morning,” she said.

“As always we thank our sponsor – Cayman National, the Officials and parents who volunteered their time, Cayman Airways who sponsored the Brac Barracudas and of course, the swimmers from Stingray 
and from Team Treasure Island.”

The Cayman National Sprint Meet, hosted by the Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman at the Lions Aquatic Centre saw 85 swimmers in the pool and supporting them from the pool deck were founding Stingray members, Olympians Shaune and Brett Fraser.

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