Some of the world’s top open water swimmers, many former Olympic and world champions will be entering the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim in the Cayman Islands on Saturday June 15, for its milestone 21st anniversary.
About a dozen of them will be competing but the majority of the 900 entrants are ordinary swimmers and weekend warriors who love the whole experience, built up over the years by organisers Frank Flowers and his daughter Dara Flowers-Burke.
“The event continues to grow bigger and better,” she said. “We are welcoming 900 which will make it the largest Flowers Sea Swim ever.
It is not only the world’s richest event of its kind, it is one of the most respected .
Other recent coverage of the event by the Caymanian Compass’ own Ron Shillingord here. For other sports coverage, see our journalist Matthew Yates.
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The elite swimmers line up includes Rebecca Soni, who is a breaststroke specialist and six-time Olympic medallist, Gary Hall Jr. and his father Gary Hall Sr. who have a host of Olympic medals and countless records between them. There will also be top class paralympian Jessica Long and Connor Dwyer, who won gold with the US team in the 4×200 metre freestyle relay team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Rebecca Soni is an American competition swimmer who is a breaststroke specialist and six-time Olympic medalist.
Jordan burst onto the USA Swimming National stage in 2012 winning silver in the 5k & a top 10 finish in the 10k.
Gary Hall, Sr.
Three-time Olympian (1968, ’72, ’76) set 10 world records in his career and earned three Olympic medals: two silvers and a bronze.
Megan won two gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
5 time Olympic Medalist: 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze over a span of 3 Olympic Games. Former world record holder in 7 events including the 100m butterfly 2003 to 2009.
Gary Hall Jnr.
1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics & won ten Olympic medals (5 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze).
17 Career Paralympic Medals, Eight-time Paralympic medalist.
Bennett’s first gold medal came in the 800 meter freestyle race at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Local coach Darren Mew is a two-time Olympian for Great Britain, who had an 18-year international career winning multiple honours. He also is set to participate.
All registration proceeds are donated to the Feed Our Future charity, which provides healthy meals to needy schoolchildren in the Cayman Islands. Registration ends 12 June. For more information visit www.flowersseaswim.com
Scott won a Silver medal as a member of the 4×200 Freestyle Relay USA team in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was also a member of the 2004 Athens Olympics 4×200 Freestyle Relay for the USA.
Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. Representing the US at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
Shaune Fraser is a competition swimmer from the Cayman Islands. Fraser represented the Cayman Islands at the 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Luane RoweAn Australian world-class open water swimmer who has won numerous races throughout Australia and the United States and is an industrial designer with FINIS.
Cayman’s first female Olympic swimmer, and represented the Cayman Islands in the 2004 Olympics in Athens swimming the 800m free and 200m fly.
A 6 time Southeastern Conference Champion, a 14-time All American, and was key in developing a national championship winning team.