Cayman’s young swimmers take the plunge again in the LIME 800 meter sea swim this weekend.
It is the 27th annual LIME 800m Sea Swim on Saturday, and many of the triumphant CARIFTA team who won five medals will compete.
Lauren Hew should be one of the fastest in the swim considering she dominated the girls 13-14 backstroke events at CARIFTA in Aruba, bringing home gold in the 100m and 200m events and silver in the 50m.
Hew’s 100m swim, in 1 minute 07.21 seconds, earned her a CARIFTA record – breaking the one which had stood for 19 years.
Her exploits earned her a berth at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, in August.
Alison Jackson also won a silver, in the girls 11-12 50m breaststroke, in 36.25 seconds. The girls 13-14 4x100m medley relay team of Hew (backstroke), Sarah Jackson (breaststroke), Kavanagh Lambert (butterfly) and Samantha Bailey (freestyle), brought home the bronze in 4 minutes 45.91 seconds – the first medal won by a Cayman girls relay team in 10 years.
Cayman Swimming’s technical director Bailey Weathers, who was in Aruba, was pleased with performances but can see room for improvement.
“Every time you take a jump in speed you need to circle back around and review your skills on the little things that make your race better,” Weathers said. “Basically, you need to fine tune the skills for fast speeds and we need to work on the little things.”
He added, “We are really proud of the efforts of our swimmers. They continue to improve and get better. Really, that is the result of their hard work and commitment.”
Michael Lockwood, Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association president, said, “I would like to see the coaches and swimmers continue to push their own limits and test the boundaries of their training.
“The swimmers have made great strides in improving their base training over the last year, which is the first stage, and now we can look to improving performance being the second stage.”
Lockwood added that as the recently appointed president, he intends “to continue the improvements made over the last few years and to increase the opportunities for kids to develop their training and opportunities to race.”