The Island Heritage Sprint Plus meet last week saw swimmers setting personal bests, achieving and lowering CARIFTA qualifying times and competing in events for the first time.
The Sprint Plus – a new format which was introduced under the guidance of Stingray’s head coach Andy Copley and the swimming association’s technical director, Ian Armiger – allowed swimmers to compete in the usual 25 metre and 50 metre sprint events. But the format also allowed for a limited number of the longer 100 metre and 200 metre sprints.
“The new Sprint Meet Plus format was really nice because it let the kids swim a wide range of events,” Copley said. “The sessions were short but packed with important races. I was really pleased with the outcome, especially from the younger kids on our team. The little guys are really starting to cash in on their hard work at training.”
Monique Bush of Island Heritage attended both sessions and was delighted to be a part of the meet. “This was a fantastic experience for me,” she said. “Under-6 swimmers taking on a 25 metre race are as inspiring as the older swimmers who take on the 200 metre distances.
“All of the swimmers displayed poise and dedication throughout the two sessions and the level of commitment of the officials, volunteers and parents was impressive as well,” she added. “I would absolutely encourage everyone to come and support these swimmers in the next meet and to see for themselves what Stingray Swim Club, and in the bigger picture, Cayman Swimming is achieving.”
The High Points trophies echoed Island Heritage’s name and the culturally inspired roundabout, which they sponsor on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. They were Stingrays, carved in marble and purchased in Cayman from Pure Art.
High Points winners were: Girls U-6 Mackenzie Pearson; 7-8 Marissa Poole, SSC; 9-10 Alison Jackson, SSC; 11-12 Miquela Montana, SSC and Over 13 Lauren Williams, SSC; Boys U-6 Will Sellars; 7-8 Sam Dakers, SSC; 9-10 Corey Westerborg, SSC; 11-12, Alex Dakers, SSC and Over 13 Kyle Fraser, SSC.
With more than 50 swimmers from Stingray and Treasure Island competing over the two days, Stingray club president Dr. Brenda McGrath said, “We learned a great deal with this, our first Sprint Plus Meet and we look forward to making it bigger and better next time around. Island Heritage was a fantastic sponsor and we look forward to partnering with them again in the future.”
The swimmers are competing in Kingston, Jamaica this week. They get a chance again locally between 21 and 24 February at the Lions Aquatic Centre for the Pete Ribbins Memorial Consolidated Water CARIFTA Trials.