Stingray trio make an impression at top English meet

Stingray Swim Club members Lara Butler, Geoffrey Butler and Matthew Courtis competed in the South West Regional Short Course Championships, at Millfield School, last week in England.

The South West region covers the six counties of Cornwall, Devon, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset and Gloucester making this meet highly competitive.

On the first day of competition Lara Butler – competing for her UK based club Plymouth Leander and Courtis, who swims in the UK for Kelly’s College – both reached the finals in their events and then both placed sixth in their respective finals.

Geoffrey Butler, also competing for Plymouth Leander, is better known in Cayman and at CARIFTA for his strength in the longer distances and open water – took to the shorter distances on the opening day and was pleased with his 1 minute 56.86 seconds 200 metres freestyle.

Geoffrey then went on to swim the race of his life, setting a huge personal best and clinching a silver medal in the 1500m freestyle with a time of 16:07.20. Earlier that same day he recorded another lifetime best of 4:06.82 in the 400m freestyle, finishing sixth.

Closing out Cayman’s success for the meet, Lara Butler raced to a 2:26.50 200m individual medley, 1:06.95 100m back and a 28.48 50m freestyle and completed the meet with two new Cayman Islands Swimming Association records to her name; the 100m freestyle at 1:00.22 and the 50m butterfly at 30.25.

Cayman swimming’s technical director coach Ian Armiger was delighted with the results.

“Cayman’s swimmers are training hard and the results are coming in where we want them to,” he said. “We are seeing swimmers posting qualifying times in this UK meet for the Islands Games; and before that in Toronto and in Cayman for CARIFTA 2013 in Kingston, Jamaica. Our motto is ‘Fast Swimming’ and we are living it every day – at training and in competition. Congratulations Lara, Geoffrey and Matthew.”

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