As lightning lit up the sky at the Lions Aquatic Centre, causing delays in competition, the Camana Bay Aquatic Club produced some of its own thunder with an array of record-breaking performances.
The team had four swimmers achieve high point awards in their respective age groups and broke 12 team and two Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association national records.
Assistant coach Dave Bott noted there were great showings from some of the team’s newest and youngest swimmers.
“We had a lot of swimmers come out of the woodwork this weekend,” said Bott. “It was great to see these swimmers realize the type of success that they can have through all of their hard work and dedication.”
Winning high points awards were Phin Ellison (6-under boys), Connor MacDonald (7-8 boys), Finn Bishop (9-10 boys), and Stephanie Royston (9-10 boys).
Bishop swam lifetime bests in all 10 of his events, including a 20 second drop in the 200 meter individual medley, while finishing in the top three in nine of his 10 events, including a victory in the 50m freestyle. Ellison won the 25m backstoke and 25m freestyle and finished second in the 25m butterfly and 25m breaststroke.
MacDonald finished first or second in each event he swam, and Royston won seven of her 10 events.
New CBAC team records were established by Liam Sinclair, Bishop, Jordan Crooks, Zachary Moore, and Rory Barrett. Sinclair’s 200m free shattered the CIASA national record previously held by Cayman Olympian Shaune Fraser by three seconds while Crooks bettered his own CIASA record in the 50m butterfly.
The team also had impressive swims by Lachlin Lambert, Sammie Rowland, Harry Bishop and the 11-12 girls duo of Mikayla Corin and Beth Walton, who completed their first ever 200m butterfly.
The team will be represented at the Flowers Sea Swim 1 mile/5K/10K swims this weekend and then 24 swimmers head off to Sarasota, Florida, at the end of the month.
The Camana Bay Aquatic Club has come a long way since it was founded in December 2010 with a vision to provide the community with world-class aquatic programs for all ages and abilities. CBAC aims, through its various programs, to enrich its membership by emphasizing the values of sportsmanship and team work.
Coach Bott is proud of that. He said that through the club’s dedicated and committed staff, CBAC offers the highest quality coaching and instruction available and provides members with the opportunity to attain their own goals and maximize their potential.
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