Special Olympics athletes took Butterfield plunge too

More than 100 athletes took part in the 13th annual Butterfield 800M Sea Swim on Saturday.

Geoffrey Butler, who is home for the summer from university in the U.K., found his old form and crossed the finish line first in 9 minutes 48 seconds.

Iain McCallum (Stingray Swim Club) was second, coming in just 0.01 seconds behind Geoffrey in 9:49, and Eddie Weber (Camana Bay Aquatic Club) was third in 9:51.

Catrionae MacRae (SSC) was the first female home in 10:55. Holly Stradling (CBAC) was second in 11:29, and Audrey Weber (CBAC) was third female home in 11:33.

A number of Special Olympics Cayman Islands athletes who are traveling to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in July, also swam.

Finishing ninth was Andrew Smilley (SSC) in 10:45. Second SOCI swimmer home was Kneau McKenzie (SSC) in 16:46, and crossing third for SOCI was Kathryn Kleinworth (SSC) in 18:57. Hamish Wood and Kanza Bodden also had strong finishes.

Coach Ryan Mushin, who will travel to Los Angeles with the swim team, said, “The Cayman Special Olympics swimmers are really stepping up their swimming as we approach the 2015 World Games.

“They all have been training extremely hard and it showed on Saturday. I am very proud of all the athletes and what they have accomplished. I am super excited to see how they do in LA at the World Games.”

Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association president Michael Lockwood thanked Butterfield for its continued support. “Swimming is a great way to stay fit,” he said. “It is also a life skill that CIASA firmly believes everybody should have.

“There are a variety of swim schools which offer learn to swim classes, not just for children but also for adults, and I encourage anyone that can’t swim to sign up and take that first plunge in to the water.”