The Pirates Week Mike Lockwood Memorial Swim Meet over the weekend had a strong international flavor.
The four-day meet was from Thursday to Sunday at the Lions Aquatic Centre and was hosted by the Stingray Swim Club.
The Agua Club from New York and Team Fins from Texas competed against local clubs Camana Bay Aquatic Club, Seven Mile Swimmers and Special Olympics of the Cayman Islands.
Ella Kaye Lockwood was on deck at the start of the meet, watching the young athletes and commenting on how fitting a tribute this swim meet is to her late husband Mike Lockwood, who was the visionary and driving force behind both the Lions Aquatic Centre and the Pirates Week Festival.
Also there to cheer on the swimmers and to lend his skills as a timer was Michael Lockwood Jr., who is also the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association’s president.
“It was an excellent weekend of fun and good, strong competition,” said Stingray President Amanda Roberts.
“It was wonderful having swimmers from New York and Texas to add some excitement to the wide range of races on offer over the four days – from long distance events to sprints.
“In my last meet as president, I am particularly proud of our Stingray swimmers who all swam their hearts out and won the Team Championship Trophy.”
Coach Andy Copley, Stingray’s former head coach, who is now based in the Big Apple with Agua Swim Club was on the trip.
“It was great to have coach Andy bring a team to this meet,” said Stingray’s head coach David Pursely.
He added, “Having outside competition from the United States helped to boost the level of swimming and played a tremendous role in the motivation of the swimmers.
“The courtesy of the swimming community and the sportsmanship of the swimmers was tremendous and will no doubt lead to repeat visits from outside teams.”
When Cayman eventually builds a 50-meter pool, the sports tourism opportunities will increase exponentially.
In the overall points standings, Stingray Swim Club placed first with 813 points; Camana Bay Aquatic Club second with 632; Agua third with 404; Seven Mile Swimmers fourth with 90 points and Team Fins fifth with 12 points.
High Points Winners Girls U6 – Lea Neveilova (SMS); Girls 7-8 Lila Higgo (CBAC); Girls 9-10 Allyson Belfonte (SSC); Girls 11-12 Emma Feld (Agua); Girls 13-14 Ria Plunkett (SSC) and Girls 15 & Over Lauren Hew (CBAC).
Boys U6 Luke Higgo (CBAC); Boys 7-8 Phin Ellison (CBAC); Boys 9-10 Stefano Bonati (CBAC); Boys 11-12 Justice Carrenard (Agua); Boys 13-14 Matthew Somerville (CBAC) and Boys 15 & Over Rory Barrett (CBAC).