The Mike Lockwood Memorial Swim Meet was another tremendous success during Pirates Week.
It took place 14, 16-18 November at the Lions Aquatic Centre, hosted by Stingray Swim Club and was attended by around 150 swimmers from Stingray Swim Club, Team Treasure Island and Camana Bay Aquatic Club as well as a couple of unattached swimmers – including a couple of masters swimmers.
Michael Lockwood, son of the late ‘Chief Pirate’ Mike Lockwood, masters swimmer and Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association Vice-President was there, along with his mother Ella Kaye Lockwood at the official opening of the meet.
He said: “My father was not a swimmer but he believed firmly in children and in community. 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.”
It was an excellent weekend of swimming and fun and over the four days of competition, with swimmers competing in longer events such as 200 metres and 400m, some of them for the first time.
Stingray Swim Club saw team members getting personal bests in every race and every team member getting at least one personal best.
There were many notable swims over, but special mention goes to Samantha Bailey who reached her first AA time of 30.91 in the 50m Freestyle; Cole Morgan who dropped six seconds in his 200m backstroke to post his first AAA time in 2.19.83, giving him his second qualifying time for CARIFTA and Alex Dakers who dropped 6 seconds in his 100m breaststroke, coming from behind by more than a body length to win the event by a fingernail.
In addition to the great atmosphere, huge swims and fun – a number of records also took a tumble over with the following Stingray Swim Club and Lions Pool records being broken: six new Stingray Swim Club Short Course Records:
– 9-10 Girls 50 FREE – Alison Jackson (SSC) with a time of 33:37(AA) broke J Foster’s 2000
Record of 33:87
– 8 and under Boys 100 IM – Corey Westerborg (SSC) lowered his own record of 1:43:18 set in June 2012 to 1:42:50 (B)
– 8 and Under Boys 50 Fly – Corey Westerborg (SSC) lowered his own record of 43:84 set in October 2012 to 43:74 (BB)
– 8 and Under Boys 50 Back – Corey Westerborg (SSC) broke Alex McCallum’s 2003 record of 48:13 with his time of 47:08 (BB)
– 8 and Under Boys 50 Free – Corey Westerborg (SSC) lowered his own record of 38:81 set in June 2012 to 37:52(BB)
– 8 and Under Boys 100 Breast – Corey Westerborg (SSC) broke Iain Macrae’s 2009 record of 1:58:97 with his time of 1:57:43 (B)
Four new Lions Pool records: – 13-14 Girls 200 BACK – Catriona Macrae (SSC) broke J Foster’s 2004 record of 2:32:66 with 2:31:81(AA)
– 9-10 Girls 50 Free – Zororo Motomba (CBAC) lowered her own record of 33:62 set in June 2012 to 32:82 (AA)
– 9-10 Girls 100 Free – Zororo Motomba (CBAC) set a new record with her time of 1:11:96 (AA).
The previous record of 1:15:09 was held from 1997 by J Diaz of Staten Island
SSC’s Ali Jackson and CBAC’s Zororo Motomba both clocked record breaking times in this event; Zororo with the faster time replaces J Diaz as the new record holder.
– 8 and under Girls 100 Back – Avery Lambert (CBAC) broke Lara Butler’s 2003 record of 1:54:25 with 1:48:86(B)
This was Westerborg’s last meet as an 8 year old so he will now have to turn his sights on new records in the Boys 9-10! Nine Stingray members having posted CARIFTA qualifying times for CARIFTA 2013 in Jamaica so far this season, and the team is focussed and looking to see more records falling in the coming months, more blazing fast swims and more Stingray Swim Club spirit.
The next meet for Stingray Swim Club is the Christmas Open Swimming Championships, a long course meet in Jamaica at the National Stadium. There will then be the traditional Back to School Burner and Sprint Meets in January and then a long course meet in the Bahamas in February.