The Cayman Islands team had a good medal haul at the XXIX CARIFTA Swimming Championships.
Cayman had five medals: two gold, two silver and one bronze and ended up 10th out of 19 countries in Savaneta, Aruba. Lauren Hew won both gold medals, claiming gold in the 13-14 girls 100 meter backstroke with a time of one minute, seven seconds and 21 milliseconds, setting a new CARIFTA record in the process. Hew then nabbed gold in the 200m back in a time of 2:29.14. She would also earn silver in the 50m back in a time of 31.23 seconds.
Hew had arguably the best showing of all the local swimmers as she also qualified for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. She made the qualifying standard during the preliminaries for the 50m back, producing a time of 31.14 seconds. The Youth Olympics are set for Aug. 16-28.
Cayman had 28 swimmers in Aruba. Another notable result for Cayman was the girls 400m medley relay team – consisting of Hew, Sarah Jackson, Kavanagh Lambert and Samantha Bailey – earning bronze. The quartet had a time of 4:45.91.
Bahamas topped the standings with 55 medals: 23 gold, 22 silver and 10 bronze. Aruba had 51 medals – 16 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze – with Trinidad and Tobago third sporting 34 medals: 16 gold, 11 silver and seven bronze.