Stingrays showed lion hearts as records tumbled

The Lions Sprint Meet, hosted by Stingray Swim Club at the Lions Aquatic Centre, saw 175 registered swimmers competing from five clubs and teams.

Besides the Stingray Club, swimmers came from Camana Bay Aquatic Club, Brac Barracudas, Team TI and Triple C and competed in 142 heats of 48 scheduled events in the 36th staging of the annual event.

Always the largest sprint meet of the Cayman Islands swim season, the Lions Sprint Meet builds on the Lions’ legacy of community service and reinforces the vision behind the building of the Lions pool – that every schoolchild in the Cayman Islands should learn how to swim for free.

“I would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked so hard to make the 36th annual Lions Sprint Meet a success,” said Lion Steve Surrey.

“Thank you to the Lions who helped to set up and take down the tents, timing equipment etcetera, as well as served as timers for the duration of the meet, the volunteers who served as officials and a large number of Stingray parents who organised, marshalled, sold refreshments, took photos and generally kept the meet on track. And perhaps most importantly, thank you to the swimmers and the coaches who put so many hours into training every week.”

Technical director Ian Armiger said: “Swimmers produced a host of lifetime best swims and saw many leave the meet with ribbons, medals, high point trophies and big smiles.”

High points awards were won by: Girls 6&Under, Gabriella Royston, CBAC; 8&Under, Veandra Robinson, Brac; 10&Under, Alison Jackson, SSC; 11-12, Stefanie Boothe, SSC; 13-14, Lauren Hew, CBAC and 15&Over, Danielle Boothe, CBAC.

Boys 6&Under, Jack Hendrikson, CBAC; 8&Under, Finn Bishop, CBAC; 10&Under, Corey Westerborg, SSC; 11-12, Alex Dakers, SSC; 13-14, Jonathan Key, SSC and 15&Over, Chris Courtis, SSC.

In the many personal and lifetime bests, new Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association and national records were also set.

Alison Jackson (SSC) took down the CIASA 9/10yrs 50m backstroke record in 37.92 seconds, whilst Danielle Boothe (CBAC) set new figures of 27.54 seconds in the senior 50m freestyle.

Ali Jackson also set new national records in the 9/10yrs 50m butterfly (37.40 seconds), 50m backstroke (37.92 seconds) and 50m breaststroke (43.69 seconds), while sister Sarah Jackson (SSC) powered her way to a national record of 30.27 seconds in the 11/12yrs 50m freestyle and Matthew Somerville (CBAC) improved his own 11/12yrs 50m butterfly national record with a 33.88 seconds.

Danielle also set new Lions pool records in the senior girls 50m breast (35.29 seconds) and 100 individual medley (1 minute, 8.82 seconds).

CIASA records may be held by any swimmer who is a registered CIASA member, while national records may be held only be swimmers who are Caymanian.

A strong team of Stingray swimmers also competed in the Butterfield 800m Sea Swim that afternoon and captured not only the top three finishes – Alex McCallum, Chris Courtis and Iain McCallum – but also at least 12 of the top-25 places.

Next on the calendar for Stingray Swim Club members are the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim on 15 June, then the Caledonian Global Swim Meet, 19 to 23 June and a week of competing and training in Florida in the Sarasota Shark Open (28 to 30 June) followed by a training camp in the Sarasota Sharks 50m Pool and then the SPA Long Course (St. Petersburg, Florida), (5 to 7 July).

For more information on Stingray Swim Club, visit www.caymanswimming.com

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