The next generation of swimmers from all three Cayman Islands clubs headed to Florida April 21-23 to compete in Olympic-size 50 meter pools. A total of 43 swimmers, ages 8 through 17, with close to half being 10 years and under, participated.
Seven Mile Swimmers and Stingray Swim Club attended the Rowdy Cup Invitational in Winter Haven, and Camana Bay Aquatics Club attended the Gulf Coast Swim Team Spring Invitational in Fort Myers. Between the two meets, more than 1,000 swimmers from more than 30 teams competed. The swim meets had entries from Florida, Cayman and Costa Rica.
Many of Cayman’s swimmers had never competed in a 50 meter pool before, and this was one of the primary motivations for swimmers and their families to travel internationally, organizers said in a press release.
Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association President Michael Lockwood said, “It is great to see our swimmers competing internationally and testing their boundaries in other places. Their hard work and dedication is visibly paying off for them and their coaches.”
Stingray Swim Club President Kathy Jackson, commenting on the sprint meets, said, “This growing depth of fast swimmers at the club level is a strength for the overall growth and future of the national development and junior swim teams.”
Seven Mile Swimmers head coach Darren Mew said, “The team had an amazing experience, both in a 50m Olympic-sized pool as well as racing against great swimmers.”
Camana Bay Aquatic Club Coach Caleb Miller said, “I loved watching the kids cheer each other on throughout the meet and grow together as a team. I was also impressed by the performance of the swimmers and how much they have improved over the course of the season.”
Overall for the three Cayman Islands clubs, the meets resulted in 10 first-place swims, three second-place and eight third-place swims, including strong first-place results in the girls relays by all three clubs. Other standout achievements included six first-place results by Lila Higgo, and Sierrah Broadbelt set three new national records in the 8-and-under girls.
Young swimmers who are interested in swimming competitively in Cayman and overseas should contact any of the local clubs for more information. Swim meets are held locally throughout the year and a calendar of events can be found on www.ciasa.ky.