Stingrays extend to new depths

Vigoro Nursery’s Friday Night Lights, a distance meet, and the annual, fast-paced Lions Sprint meet, which was open to swimmers of all ages, took place over the weekend with many athletes from Cayman and North America represented.

Swimmers from Stingray Swim Club, Camana Bay Aquatic Club, Treasure Island Swim School and the Cayman Brac Barracudas, as well as visiting swimmers from New York-based Sachem Swim Club and the University of Alabama took part at the Lions Pool.

The Vigoro Nursery Friday Night Lights featured athletes 11 and over and recognized the female and male swimmer who won the FINA High Points award. This award recognizes the single performance which earns the athlete the highest points, and the closer the time is to the current world record, the more FINA points the event scores. At the Friday Night Lights, the top swimmers were Lauren Hew (CBAC) in the 400 meters freestyle in 4 minutes 40.47 seconds (584 points), and Jonathan Key (SSC) in the 800m free in 9:25.78 (481 points).

“The Lions meet was filled with some huge swims from some of our younger athletes,” said Stingray head coach David Pursley. “Several of the clubs had young swimmers who were competing in a swim meet for the first time, including Bianca Reid, Cameron Porter, James Banks and Malcolm Hill.

“This bodes well for the future of swimming in Cayman because even as our older swimmers get faster and older, and then move on to college, we have to nurture the developing skills of our entry level groups – as they are the future of Cayman swimming.”

As is the annual tradition, the Lions supporters assisted with timing and cheering, and president Rayle Roberts presented trophies to the High Points winners:

6 & Under Girls, Lea Neverilova (UNAT) and Boys, Luke Higgo (CBAC); 7-8 Girls, Mackenzie Pearson, (TTI) and Boys, Scott Collins (CBAC); 9-10 Girls, Stephanie Royston (SSC) and Boys, Finn Bishop (CBAC); 11-12 Girls, Ali Jackson (SSC) and Boys, Evan Fisher (Sachem); 13-14 Girls, Jocelyn Fisher (Sachem) and Boys, Jordan Crooks (SSC) and 15 & Over Girls, Catriona MacRae (SSC) and Boys, Joseph Pursley (UNAT).

Next on the calendar for Stingray are the CIASA Butterfield 800m Sea Swim on May 30; The annual banquet on May 31; the first Landon Von Kanel Memorial Invitational, presented by Coldwell Banker Cayman and the Von Kanel Family, June 4-7, and the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim on June 13.