Thirteen swimmers from John Gray High School left Wednesday to compete in Jamaica’s Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association’s High School and Tertiary Institutions Swimming Championships, which takes place Friday.
Coach Ryan Mushin said this is the fourth year that John Gray swimmers have taken part in the meet. It is part of an effort, he said, to provide an opportunity for high school students who are interested in swimming but are not necessarily able to commit to the schedule required of a club team. The group works out for an hour twice a week.
“There’s been more and more interest,” Mr. Mushin said of the program.
This year, six of the swimmers are first-time competitors. Mr. Mushin said getting them through their first swim meet can be a challenge. In the past, he said, he has had nervous swimmers try to hide in the bathroom to avoid their events.
“I just try to teach them sports responsibilities,” he said. “Show up early for your event. If you sign up for events, make sure you do them.
“A lot of them have times from last year,” he said of the veteran members of the group. “I’d like them to shoot to better those. Others, I just want them to have the experience of their first meet.”
Most of the swimmers will be competing in four or five events.
“The kids have been training hard,” Mr. Mushin said. “They have put in the work and committed to it.”
The group will return to Cayman on Saturday.