Aquatic Club kids excel as waves of personal bests achieved

The Camana Bay Aquatic Club headed into the Highlander Invitational Long Course Meet in Orlando, Florida, ready for a great performance from its swimmers last weekend.  

The swimmers left with 98 percent personal best swims, a result that astonished the coaches.  

“We’ve had great success at overseas competitions, and I always think that there’s no way that the next one could possibly be better,” said coach Dave Bott. “Ninety-eight percent personal bests is unheard of and it really is a credit to the awesome kids we have.” 

Within the personal best times achieved, CBAC swimmers established 10 new Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association records throughout the weekend.  

Finn Bishop set five new records in the 9 & 10 boys long course 50/100 meters freestyles, 50/100m backstrokes, and the 200m individual medley. Connor MacDonald and Lila Higgo each broke two records in the 8-under age group for boys and girls, respectively. MacDonald set marks in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke, while Higgo is the 8-under breastroke queen by lowering both the 50m and 100m breaststroke records. Stefano Bonati broke the boys 9 & 10 100m breaststroke record. The team also saw Ben Somerville achieve three Cayman junior team times in the 50m free and the 50/100m backstroke, which makes him eligible to be selected for the next CARIFTA Games.  

In addition to the records and qualifying times, CBAC saw 12 of its swimmers place in the top eight in their events. 

“The quality of our results is in direct correlation to the quality of the work we did to prepare for Highlander,” said coach Caleb Miller. “I am especially proud of how well our first time travelers stepped up.”  

Swimming in their first overseas competition were Lila Higgo, Phin Ellison, Jack and Jill Hendriksen, McKenna Knapik, Kayla Mannisto, Tate Marr, Tijana Parker and Thomas Penner. 

Next up for CBAC is the LIME Sea Swim on May 9.  

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