Local swimmers get a chance to prepare for the CARIFTA Games this week during an extended meet.
The Pete Ribbins Memorial Consolidated Water Meet, hosted by the Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman, runs from Thursday to Sunday at the Lions Aquatic Centre in George Town.
“We are delighted to once again sponsor the Pete Ribbins Memorial Consolidated Water Meet,” said Gregory McTaggart, vice president of Cayman Operations. “Pete was an avid athlete who knew first hand the benefits of the discipline, commitment and focus that organised, competitive sports require.
“Sponsoring this meet, working with Stingray Swim Club and supporting our young athletes continues the legacy Pete started and we encourage as many people as possible to stop by the pool to support them and to salute and acknowledge the time, commitment and sacrifice that they put in every week.”
The meet also features masters events beginning with the masters 100 metres freestyle and the open 800m and 1500m races.
The Friday evening session will see some of the longer races contested such as the 100m breast, 400m free and 100m butterfly and will feature swimmers from the 8-10 age groups and up.
Saturday and Sunday will see a new format introduced, which Cayman’s swimmers are used to when they travel overseas for meets which cater to all age groups from 8 & Under to 13 & Over. Both days will have two distinct sessions, designed specifically so that the 8 & Under and 9-10 athletes swim in the morning sessions and then rest for their events the following day.
Older swimmers in the afternoon sessions will have worked closely with their coaches to choose events which are adequately spaced to allow them to recover between swims and also are best suited to their individual programmes.
“This is going to be an exciting meet,” said Brenda McGrath, president of Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman. “These four-day meets test our athletes in all their events, allow them to compete in new events as well their speciality events. Any members of our community who have not watched a swim meet before should come down to one of the sessions to cheer on the swimmers.”