The 2013 Caledonian Classic swim meet, hosted by the Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman at the Lions Aquatic Centre, closed out the local competitive swimming season with some participants producing outstanding results.
The meet was well attended with swimmers from hosts Stingray Swim Club, visitors Camana Bay Aquatic Club, Treasure Island and Triple C School and also featured Masters Events.
Stingray’s Head Coach Andy Copley was delighted with the team’s performance noting that, “Our long distance crew set a strong pace for the meet.
In the 800 metre freestyle, Ashley Theaker dominated the race from start to finish, placing first overall by more than 13 seconds. Her final time was 9:49.49 – a short course personal best that was 49 seconds faster than her previous time.
“Sam Bailey and Jonathan Key dropped 10 and 11 seconds, respectively, while Ella Plunkett smashed her previous best by 38 seconds.
“The second night of the meet saw Catriona MacRae jump-start her teammates by dropping nine seconds in the 400m individual medley, moving up one spot and placing second overall, first in her age group and massive swims by Chris Courtis (100m breaststroke), Alison Jackson and Sarah Jackson (50m free) rocked the Lion’s Aquatic Centre – their Stingray teammates kept the party rolling all through the night and on in to Saturday and Sunday.”
Of particular note is Lauren Hew’s performance in the girls 13-14 age group. Hew set a Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association and national record in the 50m backstroke, posting a time of 32.11 seconds. She also set records in the 100m back, with a time of 1:08.43.
Her 100m showing completed her trio of qualifying times needed to compete at the 2013 Canadian Age Group Championships in Montreal this summer.
It was the final meet of the local competitive season and Caledonian Global’s Managing Director Bernard McGrath said he was pleased with the level of competition and results.
“At Caledonian Global we consider swimming to be an incredibly important sport in the Cayman Islands,” McGrath said. “It provides young children with potentially life-saving skills; teaches older children who choose to compete, the discipline, commitment and focus that is essential for swimmers to do well not just in the pool but also at school; provides opportunities for educational scholarships and is an excellent, safe way for adults of all ages and physical abilities to exercise on an on-going basis.”
A number of CIASA and national records were set in the meet.
Stephanie Royston (CBAC), Girls 8 & Under: CIASA 100m butterfly, 1:51.04
Amber Barnes (CBAC), Girls 8 & Under: National, 100m Back, 1:56.44
Alison Jackson (SSC), Girls 9/10: CIASA and National Record of 30.96 50m Free; CIASA and National, 50m Back, 36.86; and CIASA and National, 100m Free, 1:10.18
Sarah Jackson (SSC), Girls 11-12: National 50m Free, 29.35
Lauren Hew (CBAC), Girls 13/14: CIASA and National 13/14yrs, 50m Back, 32.11 and 100m Back, 1:08.43
Stefano NAME (CBAC), Boys 8 & Under: CIASA, 100m Back 1:40.57; 50m Back 45.46 and 200m Free 3:28.14
Finn Bishop (CBAC), Boys 8 & Under: CIASA, 100m IM, 1:40.17
High Point Winners
Girls: 6 & U Mackenzie Pierson (TTI) 8 & U Carmela Ylagan (CBAC) 10 & U Emily Link (CBAC) 11-12 Zororo Mutumba (CBAC) 13 & Over Danielle Booth (CBAC)
Boys: 6 & U Connor McDonald (CBAC) 8 & U Finn Bishop (CBAC) 10 & U Liam Sinclair (CBAC) and Corey Westerborg (SSC) 11-12 Matthew Sommerville (CBAC) 13 & Over Drew Milgate (CBAC)
Masters: Female, Michelle Bailey Male, Anthony Lyons