Cayman Islands swimmers brought home 15 medals from the Carifta Swimming Championships in Martinique and five medals from the Carifta Track and Field Championships in Grenada over the long weekend.
Between four days of pool swims and a fifth day in the open water, local swimmers won seven gold, four silver and four bronze medals.
The competition began in the pool, where Cayman Islands swimmers racked up 12 medals.
On Thursday, Sabine Ellison won gold in the 50 meter breaststroke and silver in the 200 IM. She won gold in the 100m breaststroke on Friday.
Lauren Hew also won a gold medal Friday in the 200m backstroke.
Corey Frederick-Westerborg took home a bronze in the 200 IM on Thursday.
Cayman’s 15-17 boys, Cole Morgan, Eddie Weber, Jonathan Key and John Bodden, won silver in the 4x200m relay.
Cayman swimmers gained an additional three medals in the open water portion of the event, which began on Saturday.
Kathy Jackson, with the Stingray Swim Club, said in an email after the final day, “Our swimmers had a great outing in the 5K with Catriona MacRae closing out her final CARIFTA with a gold in the Women’s 15-17.”
In the open water 5K, John Bodden won the gold in the Men’s 15-17 and Ria Plunkett won the bronze in the Women’s 13. Baily Weathers, technical director of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association, said the swimmers exceeded expectations, especially since many of the kids were the youngest of their age group this year.
“I was really pleased. I think going in we were not necessarily expecting to win as many medals as we did last year so to tie that number, I think was just an outstanding job by the kids,” Mr. Weathers said.
He said Cayman has never before taken a team where everybody scored, either in relays or individual races.
“We’re really excited. We had a number of swimmers who had never medaled step up and medal, and we had across the board really good performances,” Ms. Weathers said. “I think everyone contributed to the scoring.”
The swimmers arrived back in Grand Cayman Sunday evening.
Track and field
In Grenada, Cayman track and field athletes also had a strong showing, taking home a number of medals. The Carifta Track and Field meet began Saturday and continued through Monday evening.
Lacee Barnes won gold in shot put and silver in the girls under-18 discus throw, while Daneliz Thomas won gold in girls javelin throw. Dominic Dyer took home silver in the boys under-18 3000m run and bronze in the 1500.