The Pirates Week Mike Lockwood Memorial Swim Meet was another well attended and fun event, spread over four days.
It took place at the Lions Aquatic Center from Nov. 14-17 and was hosted by Stingray Swim Club and attended by around 150 swimmers from Stingray Swim Club, Team Treasure Island, Camana Bay Aquatic Club, Special Olympics Cayman Islands and entrants from Triple C School and a couple of masters swimmers.
Michael Lockwood, son of the late Mike “Chief Pirate” Lockwood, masters swimmer and Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association vice-president, was there along with his mother Ella Kaye Lockwood at the official opening of the meet.
Lockwood volunteered as a timer and to swim in the masters events. Also on deck to witness the excitement was director of sports Collin Anglin.
“It was an excellent weekend of swimming and fun and over the four days of competition, with swimmers’ competing in longer distance events such as 200 meters and 400 meter events – some of them for the first time,” said newly elected president of Stingray Swim Club Amanda Roberts. “I am very proud of our swimmers, many of whom swam personal bests, set new CIASA records and made CARIFTA qualifying times over the course of the four-day meet.”
There were many notable swims over the four days, but special mention goes to Samantha Bailey, who set new CIASA records in the 50m free, breaking the 2008 record of 29.10 seconds in a time of 29.06, and the 100m free in a time of 1 minute 04.30 seconds, which broke the previous record of 1:04.55 set in 2002.
Alex Dakers set a new CIASA record in the 100m breaststroke in 1:25.75, breaking the 2003 record of 1.26.29. There were also big personal bests in the 100m backstroke for Sophie Hayman with a time of 1:33.68; Ella Plunkett in 1:11.97 and Jake Bailey in 1:31.20.
Stingray’s head coach Andy Copley said, “The meet was used as a strategic, developmental tool for many of our swimmers this year. Some were swimming longer events for the first time, while others were swimming familiar events but with new target goal times.
“To support their efforts in these focus events, many did not swim a full schedule, and the ability for them to rest a little more between events was the X factor which allowed them to do personal bests.”
Special mention too, to the following swimmers who achieved a 100 percent personal best rate: Alex Dakers, Sam Dakers, Isabella Gellis-Morais, Alison Jackson, Jonathan Key, Hayley Roulstone, Brandon Williams and Sara Wilson.
One of the most exciting swims of the meet came from the 13-over boys who provided heart-stopping action during the 4x100m freestyle relay. Split evenly between the A and B teams, Stingrays 13-over boys relays held off a charging CBAC relay, anchored by two of their coaches.
Simon Butler found a familiar burst of strength in the last 10 meters to somehow will himself and Stingray to a one-two sweep of the event – a very Butler-esque trait.
The excitement on both sides of the pool was palpable and will not be soon forgotten.
High Points Winners Girls U6 – Sofia Bonati (CBAC); Girls 7-8 Riley Doyle (CBAC); Girls 9-10 Sabine Ellison (CBAC); Girls 11-12 Samantha Bailey (SSC); Girls 13-14 Lauren Hew (CBAC) and Girls 15&Over Danielle Boothe (CBAC).
Boys U6 Cian Anderson (CBAC); Boys 7-8 Stefano Bonati (CBAC); Boys 9-10 Ben Sommerville (CBAC); Boys 11-12 Zachary Moore (CBAC); Boys 13-14 Rory Barrett (CBAC) and Boys 15&Over Brandon Williams (SSC).
In the overall points standings, Camana Bay Aquatic Club came first with 7,480 points, Stingray Swim Club second with 4,463 and Treasure Island Swim Club third with 1.373.
The next meet for Stingray Swim Club is the Christmas Open Swimming Championships, a long course meet that takes place in Jamaica at the National Stadium. There will then be the Reds and Greens Christmas Inter Squad, followed by the Winter Sprint Meet in early February.