Longer Stingrays

The inaugural EY Cayman Friday Night Lights swim meet took place at the Lions pool last weekend.

EY Cayman sponsored this innovative solution to the need for older swimmers to compete more frequently in middle- and long-distance events.

Many recorded significant personal bests, with Samantha Bailey dropping almost 7 seconds in her 400 meters freestyle and Alex Dakers went 5 minutes, 42.94 seconds in the 400m individual medley, narrowly missing the cut for the Scottish Nationals this summer, a meet he has already qualified for in another event.

Chris Courtis and Lauren Hew made qualifying times for the 2014 Southern Zone Senior Championships in Florida; a meet which Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association is organizing for a team to compete in July. Courtis qualified in the 800m free and 50m free and Hew in the 400m free.

Many swimmers do not become completely comfortable competing in longer distance events until they have swum between 20 and 25 times and it was to meet this need that the Friday Night Lights event was created.

Stingray Swim Club President Amanda Roberts was very happy with the event. She said, “A big thank you to our head coach Andy Copley for his creative approach to making sure our swimmers gain the competitive experience they need and a big thank you too to our sponsor, EY Cayman and our meet director Chris Morgan, our parent volunteers and the CIASA qualified officials who all come together to put on our swim meets.”

For more information on Stingray Swim Club, visit www.caymanswiming.com.

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