The Camana Bay Aquatic Club headed into its final team competition in Sarasota, Florida, with great expectations and they were more than met by the athletes as the team finished in tenth place overall out of 30 teams.
CBAC athletes achieved 81 percent personal best times and established new team and Cayman records in the process.
“Florida meets always present tough competition and our athletes really rose to the occasion and performed well,” said Head Coach Brad Hutton.
CBAC was led by Liam Sinclair and Stephanie Royston. Sinclair broke team records in the boys 9-10 long course 200 meters freestyle, 100m breaststroke, and 200m individual medley. His 200m IM was also a new Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association record. Royston swam 100 percent personal best times for the weekend and established new team records in the girls 9-10 100m/200m freestyles, 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly.
Other team record breakers were Gabriella Royston (girls 8-under, 50m butterfly), Lauren Hew (girls 13-14, 200m freestyle), Finn Bishop (boys 9-10, 100m backstroke) and Rory Barrett (boys 13-14, 100m butterfly and 200m IM).
Overall, four CBAC swimmers achieved finishes in the top eight at a very competitive meet. They were Barrett (fifth, 50m and 100m free; fourth, 100m fly), Bishop (eighth, 50m and 200m free, 50m fly and 100m back; seventh, 200m IM; sixth, 50m back and 100m free; and fifth, 50m breast), Hew (sixth, 100m free; fourth, 50m free; second, 200m back; and first, 100m back), and Sinclair (seventh, 100m breast, 200m free, 100m fly; sixth, 50m breast; fifth, 50m free, 50m fly, 400m free; fourth, 200m IM). The team also saw seven of its swimmers walk away with 100 percent personal best swims – Royston, Bishop, Lachlin Cowdroy, Lily Gammage, Kali Pereira, Summer Phillips and Caden Stradling.
“For our team, we couldn’t have ended on a better note,” said Assistant Coach Dave Bott. “We really prepped the kids to end our season with a bang and to say we did that would be a huge understatement.”
While the team has concluded its competitions for the season, it will have athletes representing Cayman at the Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Games later this summer.
For more information, visit camanabayaquaticclub.com, check out the team’s Facebook page, or follow CBAC on Twitter @CBAC_Cayman.