After a whirlwind season that saw many smiles and record breaking achievements, the Camana Bay Aquatic Club took a break from its hectic schedule on Sunday to celebrate its ground-breaking season and to say bye to swimmer Danielle Boothe and head coach Brad Hutton.
The club saw numerous Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association records shattered this year by Sabine Ellison (girls 9-10 short course 50 meters breast, 100m fly, and 400m individual medley), Zororo Mutomba (girls 11-12 short course 100m free; long course 50/100m free), Lauren Hew (girls 13-14 short and long course 50m free, 50/100/200m back), Danielle Boothe (girls senior long course 50/100m free, 50/100m back), Stefano Bonati (boys 8-under short course 100/200m free, 50m back, 50/100m breast, 100/200m IM; long course 200/400m free, 50m back, 50/100m breast, 200m IM), and Liam Sinclair (boys 9-10 long course 400 free, 100m fly). The team also honored Boothe and Hew as qualifiers for the Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics.
The team also handed out its own awards. Hew and Ben Somerville received the CBAC Swimmer of the Year award for female and male respectively. Connor MacDonald and Stephanie Royston received the Team Spirit Award, Eddie Weber and Summer Phillips received the Most Improved Award, and Matthew Penner and Sabine Ellison received the Coaches Excellence Award. The team also handed out the additional Achievement Awards that were given to Sophia Bonati, Tabitha Hawkins, Jack Hendriksen, Sofia Watler, Justin Hastings, Sophie Woodcock, Riley Doyle, Thomas Penner, Stefano Bonati, Mikayla Corin, Laura Shaw, Holly Stradling, Zachary Moore and Flynn Hope.
Boothe is off to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where she will swim and study pre-med and Hutton is heading back to his Canada homeland to continue coaching.
“While I was only here for one year, I feel like I’ve known these kids for much longer,” said a very emotional Hutton. “CBAC is a young team and will continue to grow as the athletes reach new milestones at each level of their progression as competitive swimmers.”
The club is winding down its schedule and will next be competing at the Caledonian Global Meet at the Lions Pool this weekend. The team will have reps in the Flowers Sea Swim on Jun. 14 and then head to Sarasota, Florida at the end of the month for its final team travel meet.
For more information, visit www.camanabayaquaticclub.com, check out the team’s Facebook page, or follow CBAC on twitter @CBAC_Cayman.