The Lions Aquatic Centre recently continued its celebration of swimming, pirates and Caymanian culture.
The Mike Lockwood Memorial Swim attracted about 150 swimmers in the Under-20 age group from across the Cayman Islands. The event honoured the family of the late Michael Lockwood, who ran Cayman’s national festival for over a decade.
His son, Michael Lockwood Junior, 24, and wife Ella Kaye Lockwood were present at this year’s grand opening. Mike Jr, who is the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association Vice President, stated the meet does justice to his father’s legacy.
“My father was not a swimmer but he believed firmly in children and in community,” Lockwood Jr said. “He saw the benefits of swimming and I still swim today. My family and I thank Pirates Week and the Stingray Swim Club for hosting this meet again. It is a fitting memorial to my father.”
As usual, a bunch of pirates stormed George Town’s Lions Pool during the meet. All were part of the Seattle Seafair Pirates, a crew that regularly takes part in Pirates Week festivities, under the direction of captain Lance ‘Clapeye’ English.
The action was equally colourful in the pool as participants represented Cayman’s three major clubs in the Stingray Swim Club, Team TI and the Camana Bay Aquatic Club.
There would be four new Lions Pool records, headlined by Avery Lambert’s time of one minute, 48 seconds and 86 milliseconds in the Eight and Under Girls 100 metre backstroke. The Camana Bay swimmer bested Lara Butler’s 2003 mark of 1.54.25.
In the 9-10 Girls 100m Freestyle event, the 1997 record of 1.15.09 (set by a Staten Island swimmer) would be broken twice. The Stingray club’s Ali Jackson and Camana Bay’s Zororo Motomba both dazzled but Motomba would produce the faster time of 1.11.96. Motomba would go on to break her own record, set this June, in the 9-10 Girls 50m Free. The new mark now sits at 33.62.
The Stingray club’s Catriona Macrae broke the 2004 record of 2:32:66 in the 13-14 Girls 200m Backstroke. Macrae would produce a time of 2:31:81.