Montana breaks Butler’s record

Many local records were washed away at one of Cayman’s biggest swimming spectacles. 

The inaugural Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association National Championships saw 23 records broken at the Camana Bay Aquatic Center. Last weekend’s meet featured all three of Cayman’s local teams: Stingray Swim Club, the Camana Bay Aquatic Club and the Treasure Island Swim Club. 

One of the most notable records to tumble was Lara Butler’s seven-year national mark in the girls 11-12 200 meter breaststroke. Miquela Montana of Stingray topped Butler’s 2007 run of three minutes, 11 seconds and 24 milliseconds with a time of 3:08:74 in the finals – on day one of the four-day competition. Aside from the historical significance and time difference, the achievement gets extra kudos as Butler is one of Cayman’s most accomplished swimmers and led Cayman’s record medal haul at the 2013 Island Games. 

In general, the ladies made a big impact on the record books on day one. Sabine Ellison of Camana Bay took out an association mark of 1:28:13 from the year 2000 in the girls 9-10 100m butterfly with a time of 1:23:87 in the finals. Alison Jackson of Stingray set the national and association record in the girls 11-12 50m backstroke with a time of 33:86 in the finals. The previous association mark was 33:90 by Danielle Boothe in 2008 and the old national record was 34:57 set in 2002. 

As a club, Stingray set the most records with 13, and Corey Westerborg accounted for four new marks in the boys 9-10 50m back (38:66 in the preliminaries topped the 2013 mark of 39:55), 100m back (1:27:55 in the finals topped Iain McCallum’s 2008 time of 1:27:67), 50m breast (45:83 in the finals topped Zachary Moore’s 2013 record of 46:44) and 100m breast (1:40:37 in the finals topped Jordon Crooks’s 2013 mark of 1:43:02). 

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Young ladies stormed the pool and the record books at Camana Bay. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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