Olympians Swimmers enter Flowers Sea Swim

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 .

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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 swimming Cayman Islands Flower Sea Swim

Rebecca Soni

Rebecca Soni is an American competition swimmer who is a breaststroke specialist and six-time Olympic medalist.

Jordan Wilimovsky racing in Cayman Islands

Jordan Wilimovsky

Jordan burst onto the USA Swimming National stage in 2012 winning silver in the 5k & a top 10 finish in the 10k.

Gary Hall Snr to be competiting in Flowers Sea swim against son.

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 Jendrick summer olympian competing in Cayman

Megan Jendrick

Megan won two gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Ian Crocker swimming in Cayman Islands flowers sea swim

Ian Crocker
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 swimming against father in Cayman

Gary Hall Jnr.
1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics & won ten Olympic medals (5 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze).

Jessica Long Paralympian competing in Cayman

Jessica Long
17 Career Paralympic Medals, Eight-time Paralympic medalist.

Brooke Bennett gold medalist from 1996 is to compete in Cayman Islands flower sea swim

Brooke Bennett
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 Goldblatt Olympian to compete in Cayman open swim event

Scott Goldblatt

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.

Kristina Kowal

Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. Representing the US at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Shaune Fraser Cayman Island Olympian swimming in Flowers Swim

Shaune Fraser

Shaune Fraser is a competition swimmer from the Cayman Islands. Fraser represented the Cayman Islands at the 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Brett Fraser to compete with older brother in Cayman Flower Sea Swim

Brett Fraser
A competition swimmer from the Cayman Islands. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Fraser and his older brother, were 2 of the 3 flag-bearers for the Cayman Islands.

Luane Rowe Australian open water swimmer to race in Cayman open swim event

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.

Heather Roffey Caymans female Olympic swimmer in training

Heather Roffey

Cayman’s first female Olympic swimmer, and represented the Cayman Islands in the 2004 Olympics in Athens swimming the 800m free and 200m fly.

Andrew Mackay to swim in Flowers Sea Swim 2013

Andrew Mackay
An Olympic-swimmer from the Cayman Islands. He swam for the Cayman Islands at the 2004 Olympics and at the 2002, 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Haley Anderson competing in 2013 Flowers sea swim

Haley Anderson
Olympic silver medalist who swims for the University of Southern California and the Trojan Swim Club.

Rada Owen swimming June 2013 in Cayman

Rada Owen

A 6 time Southeastern Conference Champion, a 14-time All American, and was key in developing a national championship winning team.

Darren Mew swimming in June 2013 in open water

Darren Mew
Darren Mew is a two time Olympian for Great Britain who had an 18 year international career. He swam in two Olympic finals & has won medals at World, Commonwealth & European levels.

Joey Pedraza swimming in Grand Cayman June 2013

Joey Pedraza
An NCAA Swimming Championships qualifier and an All-American swimmer at the University of Florida.



A glorious day for the Flowers Sea Swim event in 2012.
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Mr. Frank Flowers and some of the 2012 Olympic Flowers Sea Swim participants.
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Participants in the 2012 Flowers Sea Swim rock their race numbers.
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The top female finishers hold their winning trophies in the 2012 Flowers Sea Swim event.
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The top male finishers hold their winning trophies in the 2012 Flowers Sea Swim event.
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Olympian participants of the 2012 Flowers Sea Swim event.
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Children from all nations participate and join in the fun at the Flowers Sea Swim 2012 event.
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The view from up top. The gorgeous crystal clear blue waters of the Cayman Islands never fail to impress for the Flowers Sea Swim 2012 event.
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