It was an exciting weekend of swimming at the Lions Aquatic Centre, highlighted by fearsome pirates, fast races, records tumbling and big time drops. It made for another fitting chapter in the legacy of the Pirates Week Mike Lockwood Memorial Swim.
The meet took place was hosted last week by the Stingray Swim Club (SSC). Dozens of swimmers took part; aside from the Stingray club, the youngsters represented Team Treasure Island (TI), Camana Bay Aquatic Club (CBAC), Special Olympics of the Cayman Islands (SOCI) and the Triple C School.
As usual, a horde of pirates descended on the meet and made their presence felt. In keeping with tradition, a group of local pirates featuring Darvin Ebanks made a resident coach “walk the plank.” Camana Bay coach Dave Bott would end up being captured and thrown into the pool.
There were many notable swims over the four days, with new Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association records set (still pending final official approval at this time, but they will be announced shortly). The relays took on a different appearance at this meet, as the swim clubs worked closely with CIASA to try something a little new.
In the spirit of creating strong competition, which would benefit all the swimmers, the coaches selected relay teams across all of the clubs – putting swimmers from all the clubs behind the same block. The resulting relays were exciting and saw some very competitive races taking place.
The result was a number of High Point winners across various age groups. In the girls segment, Libby Lindleyz (TI) – Under-6 group, Gabriella Royston (SSC) – ages 7-8; Stephanie Royston (SSC) – ages 9-10; Alison Jackson (SSC) – ages 11-12; Stefanie Boothe (SSC) – ages 13-14 and Lauren Hew (CBAC) – ages 15 and over.
In the boys category, Phinn Ellison (CBAC) – Under-6; Jack Hendriksen (CBAC) – ages 7-8; Corey Westerborg (SSC) – ages 9-10; Jordan Crooks (SSC) – ages 11-12; Eddie Weber (CBAC) – ages 13-14 and Cole Morgan (SSC) – ages 15 and over. The overall points standings saw the Stingray club place first with 5,438.5 points; Camana Bay was second with 4,586.5 points; Treasure Island ended up third with 1,429 points; and Special Olympics were fourth with 23 points.
Ella Kaye Lockwood was on deck at the meet’s official opening, launching the action with a prayer and a moving tribute to the vision, passion and community spirit displayed by her late husband – Mike Lockwood. Splitting representation duties, her son Michael was on deck for the closing of the meet and was on hand, along with Pirates Week Director Melanie McField, to present awards.
On a whole, Stingray club president Amanda Roberts said it was an enjoyable event. “It was an excellent weekend of swimming and fun over the four days of competition, with swimmers competing in long distance events such as 800 meters and 1500m; middle distance events such as 200m and 400m events and 50m and 100m sprints,” Roberts said.
“I am very proud of our swimmers, many of whom swam personal best times and set new CIASA records over the course of the four-day meet.”