Swimming success at Coconut Cup meet

The Camana Bay Aquatics Club placed first in the recent three-day Coconut Cup event, followed by the Stingray Swim Club in second place and Seven Mile Swimmers in third. 

Swimmers gathered last weekend at the Camana Bay Sports Complex to participate in the inaugural event hosted by the Camana Bay Aquatic Club from Dec. 11-13. It featured the Stingray Swim Club, in addition to the Seven Mile Swimmers, the island’s most recent aquatic team. 

The Coconut Cup kicked off with timed finals on Friday and advanced with preliminaries and finals on Saturday and Sunday. 

“The idea behind the meet,” said Dave Bott, director of Camana Bay Aquatic Club’s Coconut Cup, “was to bring a competition to Cayman that gave swimmers experience in a championship style meet before we get to [the] Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association Nationals.” 

The Camana Bay Aquatic Club, founded in 2010, is affiliated with the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association and aims to offer opportunities to the community through swimming. 

Camana Bay Aquatics dominated divisions 8-under, 9-10 and 11-12, and the Stingray Swim Club ruled as champions in the 13-14 and 15-over age groups. 

Record setters included CBAC’s Lila Higgo, who succeeded at setting five new records at breaststroke, individual medley and backstroke in the under-8 division, and Stefano Bonati, successful in the boys 9 and 10 age division at breaststroke. 

Setting records for Stingray Swim Club were Zach Moore (boys 13 and 14 200m individual medleys); Ali Jackson (50m and 100m freestyle girls 13 and 14); Sam Bailey (200m freestyle girls 13 and 14); and Ella Plunkett (200m breaststroke, girls 15-over). 

“It was an exciting weekend of swimming” said Head Coach Caleb Miller of CBAC. “I’d like to congratulate David [Stingray Swim Club head coach] and his swimmers.” 

The Camana Bay Aquatic 10-under boys get ready to race.

The Camana Bay Aquatic 10-under boys get ready to race.