US swimmer wins Pirates Week Open Water 5K

From left, Emily Brunemann, John Bodden, Alex McCallum, Liam Henry, Jonathan Key, Zachary Moore, Ria Plunkett, Alex Dakers, Rory Barrett and Samantha Bailey.

Emily Brunemann of the United States won the 36th annual Pirates Week Open Water 5K over the weekend in 1 hour and 35 seconds.

John Bodden edged out the rest of the first pack to place second in 1:03:55. Alex McCallum was third (1:06:28), followed by Liam Henry (1:06:29) and Jonathan Key (1:06:53). The second- and third-place female swimmers were Ria Plunkett (1:08:05) and Sam Bailey (1:08:58).

The three-loop swim at Seven Mile Beach was sponsored by KPMG and 45 athletes took part. Cayman’s Olympic swimmer Lara Butler, who is employed by KPMG, was a volunteer and also presented the awards.

Race director and Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association board member Dr. Gillian Belfonte said, “We are happy to welcome back Emily to our wonderful event. I would like to also acknowledge the swimmers who partook in this event and distance for the very first time. Well done on your achievement of this challenging distance.”

KPMG Partner Sheenah Hislop added, “Inspiring and enabling our swimmers to achieve excellence in the sport of swimming can cultivate other positive achievements for our youth, including positive mental attitudes, high self-esteem, increased focus, sportsmanship and general healthy lifetime activity. We are happy to support CIASA in their efforts.”

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