Eighteen teams of four swimmers each took part in Saturday’s Massive Open Water Relay.
Each leg of the relay in the water off Seven Mile Beach was 600 meters for swimmers over age 12 and 400 meters for those under 12. Brazilian Olympian Nicolas Nilo Oliveira, who was on island for a Stingray Swim Club-organized clinic and motivational talk, was among the competitors.
Michael Lockwood, president of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association, said, “This event is so different than our other sea swims and encompasses team building in a fun environment. A big thank you to Massive for sponsoring this exciting and well attended event.
“Proceeds from this event will go towards Representative Team events, which includes sending our biggest swim team ever to the 2017 CARIFTA Championships in Bahamas.”
David Kirkaldy, president of Massive, which has sponsored the sea swim over the past three years, said, “This event is like no other on the CIASA calendar and, while having a competitive element, is also a fun and approachable way to bring others to the sport.”
Finishing first in their categories were the following teams:
The Maples team of Paul Peat, Ivan Jones, Tim Dawson and Thomas Lynch won the Corporate relay team competition.
The one-man “Team Jon,” consisting of Jon Roney won the 40 and over category, while team Overrated, with Elana Sinclair, Sam Bailey, Neil Hemp and Jake Bailey, won the 18-39 category.
In the 15-17 category, For Migos was the winning team, comprising John Bodden, Liam Henry, Zachary Moore and Jonathon Key.
Team CISC, with Corey Westerborg, Stephanie Royston, Isabella Watler and Carmella Ylagan, won the 13-14 category.
The Pink Rainbow Fluffy Unicorns, comprising Finn Bishop, Sophie Ellison, Jackson Haywood and Stefano Bonati, won the 12 and under section.