The open water swimming season began with a great turnout for the LIME 800 meters sea swim.
It was the 27th staging of the LIME 800m, the first Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association event of the year and went with a resounding splash as 129 swimmers entered the water at Public Beach on Saturday.
Winner was Chris Courtis of the Stingray Swim Club. Courtis finished in 9 minutes 44.4 seconds and was pushed all way by Iain McCallum (9:48.3) and Matthew Duval (9:50.7). Cole Morgan was fourth, ahead of Jonathan Key, Eddie Weber and Andrew Smilley.
Courtis is younger brother of Matthew and McCallum’s elder sibling is Alex. Matthew and Alex were the two fastest swimmers on island until last year when they went to universities in England. Now their siblings are continuing the rivalry.
First female was Catriona MacRae (10.42.8) who was eighth overall, two places ahead of the second female, Katie Klein (11.00.8).
CARIFTA medallists Lauren Hew and Ali Jackson also swam, as did the regular supporters of open water swims like Victor Thompson, Frank Flowers, Sally Poole, Darren Mew, Bill and Jody McFarland, Lois Moody and Penny McDowall.
The Flashy Nation trio of Kevin Connolly, Marlon Crowe Jr., and boxer Kendall Ebanks also took to the water to help their future triathlon ambitions.
A quartet of Cayman residents will do the gruelling Texas Ironman in Houston this Saturday and they took this opportunity for a final watery training session. Donna Harding, Justine Plenkiewicz, Tony Watts and Dave Bennett are the brave souls attempting the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a full marathon distance run of 26.2 miles.
“It was a great turnout,” said swimming association President Michael Lockwood, who also swam. “LIME has supported CIASA for 27 years and their commitment to Cayman swimming over the years has played a pivotal role in the growth of open water swimming.”
He added, “Swimming is not just great exercise, it is also a skill which can save lives and I encourage anyone who doesn’t think they are a strong enough swimmer to take part in our next sea swim (Butterfield 800m May 24) should certainly sign up for swimming lessons so they can join in later this year.”
Full results are available at www.ciasa.ky.