A swim meet for this year’s National Swim Championships attracted more than 150 swimmers.
The swimmers in the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association national championships hailed from three clubs, and there was also a lone swimmer from Cayman Brac.
The swimmers’ times will be taken into consideration when the National Junior Team is chosen. The team will represent the Cayman Islands at the 2016 CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Martinique.
Swimmers from Camana Bay Aquatic Club, Seven Mile Swimmers and Stingray Swim Club took part in the Dart-sponsored meet, which was held over four days between Feb. 12 and 17. Many swimmers obtained both Cayman Islands development and junior team times in the meet.
Representing the Brac, Abby Walton made her presence known by placing first in the girls’ 9-10 age group 50m Breaststroke (46.35). Many local records were broken and now Bailey Weathers, CIASA’s technical director is in the process of updating the CIASA records book.
In the girls 13-14 age group, Alison Jackson showed her strength and swimming ability by setting new records in 50m butterfly (30:73) as well as the 50m (27.01), 100m (59.67) and 200m (2:12.39) freestyle.
In the 200m freestyle, the top three finishers, Alison Jackson, Ria Plunkett and Holly Stradling, all broke the existing CIASA record, with Jackson being the first person to put her hand on the wall to set the new record.
In the boys’ 9-10 age group, Stefano Bonati set new CIASA records in 50m (37.46) and 100m (1:23.57) backstroke; and 50m (43.59) and 100m (1:34.63) breaststroke. Similar to the 13-14 girls, in the 50m breaststroke, the top two finishers, Stefano Bonati and Sam Dakers broke the previous CIASA record with Bonati becoming the new record holder.
In the 11-12 girls age group, Sabine Ellison set a new record in the 100m butterfly (1:10.68) and Corey Frederick-Westerborg (SSC) broke the existing CIASA record for the 11-12 boys in 100m breaststroke (1:20.17) and 100m freestyle (1:01.56).
CIASA president Michael Lockwood said, “It was a fun four days with some very fast swimming by our athletes as was evident by the many new CIASA records being set, as well as numerous personal best times being recorded. We are immensely proud of how everyone swam and the sportsmanship which was shown.
“As always, we thank all of our volunteers and National Championship sponsor, Dart, for their continued support which allows us to run a successful championship meet.”
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