Stingrays targeting Jamaicans

Stingray Swim Club compete in Kingston, Jamaica this weekend in the 2012 Christmas Open Swimming Championships.

It takes place at the National Stadium Pool in an eight-lane, 50 metre pool.

The 14 swimmers in the squad will compete in over 80 individual events, each with a specific, personal goal attached to it.

Swimmers aim for a personal best every time in every race but at this meet swimmers will also be chasing qualifying times for CARIFTA (Jamaica 2013) and the Island Games (Bermuda 2013).

With a mixture of CARIFTA experience and first appearances in a 50m pool, Stingray Swim Club coach, Andy Copley, know there may be some nerves on deck, but they are well prepared.

Copley said: “They have worked hard for this meet, have put in the time, pushed themselves and met the club’s training requirement to be eligible. Now they get to compete, swim fast and have fun.”

“Stingray Swim Club is extremely proud of the hard work and commitment which all of our swimmers have exhibited in training this season,” said club president Brenda McGrath. “Our whole club will be cheering them on this weekend whether from the stands at the pool in Kingston, or via the updates we will receive via email, text and BBM.”

The full squad travelling to Jamaica is Samantha Bailey, Stefanie Boothe, Sarah Jackson, Jonathan Key, Katie Klein, Catriona Macrae, Alex McCallum, Iain McCallum, Cole Morgan, Ella Plunkett, Hayley Roulstone, Andrew Smilley, Jayde Solomon and Ashley Theaker with coach Copley and team manager Vickie Girling.

After Jamaica, Stingray Swim Club athletes will be taking part in an Inter Squad Christmas Meet, in January a Back in the Water Burner and then a Sprint Meet and in February swimmers from all levels are going to Nassau, Bahamas for a two day meet hosted by the Barracuda Swim Club.

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