Hew and Bishop impress as Camana Bay make a splash in Qatar and Canada meets

The Camana Bay Aquatic Club impressed with some strong performances over the weekend at the World Short Course Championships in Qatar and at the Mega City Meet in Canada.  

Lauren Hew and Finn Bishop achieved new Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association and CBAC records. 

Hew emphasized that she is a big meet competitor in Doha by posting personal best swims in the 50 meter freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 100 individual medley, all in new CBAC records. Her 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke times were also new CIASA and Cayman national records. She also swam a lifetime best in the 100m IM as well.  

Meanwhile in the cold north of Toronto, CBAC was represented by eight swimmers and left the meet with over 70 percent personal best swims as a group.  

Leading the way was Finn Bishop who finished in first place in the boys 9-10 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, and 200m IM.  

His 200m IM time established new CBAC and CIASA records and he became the first boy in Cayman swimming history to break the 3 minute barrier.  

Emily Link was also a multiple event winner, placing first in the girls 11-12 50m and 100m freestyles.  

She also achieved CARIFTA consideration times in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke.  

Also having some amazing performances were Laura Shaw (dropping 9 seconds in her 200m backstroke) and Summer Phillips (dropping 23 seconds in her 200m freestyle).  

Coach Dave Bott could not have been more pleased. “The kids swam lights out at both meets,” said Bott. “And we would not be able to have these opportunities without the help of our sponsor, Maples FS. We are proud to have represented them, CBAC, and the Cayman Islands so well.” 

CBAC swimmers will next compete in the CIASA Winter Splash at the Lions Pool this weekend.  

For more information visit the team’s website at camanabayaquaticclub.com or on the team’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 


Lauren Hew

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