Cayman’s sibling swimmers shined recently in international competition. Camana Bay Aquatic Club’s Jillian Crooks swam to high-points honours while brother Jordan Crooks won five events, and Luke and Lila Higgo combined to win nine events to lead CBAC to third place 31 Jan. and 2 Feb. at the Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational Swim Meet, in Jamaica.
Jillian Crooks earned high-points award honours in the girls 13-14-year-old division by winning seven of her eight events. She broke her own Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association record in the 50-metre freestyle by touching the wall in 26.83 seconds to finish first. She set another CIASA and meet record in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:05.74. Crooks also set meet records in the 100m free (59.26), 200m free (2:12.5) and 200m back (2:28.17), and finished first in the 100m butterfly (1:07.18) and 200m individual medley (2:36.55).
CBAC swimmers broke 15 meet records in all. Jordan Crooks won five events, setting meet records in the boys 15-24-year-old 50m free (23.5), 100m free (51.6), 200m free (1:56.94) and 100m back (1:00.55), and also outpaced the pack in the mixed 50m free time trial.
Lila Higgo set meet records in the girls 11-12-year-old 50m free (27.96), 100m free (1:02.06), 200m back (2:33.19) and 200m IM (2:33.25), and placed first in the 100m back (1:11.85), 100m breaststroke (1:22.7) and 400m free (5:00.2). Luke Higgo broke a CIASA and meet record in the boys 10-and-under 50m backstroke with a time of 37.25 and won the 100m back (1:25.16).
“Having our athletes race at a large meet like the Karl Dalhouse and against swimmers of such a high calibre is great race experience which will set them up for the upcoming CARIFTA Swimming Championships and the CCCAN Championships,” said CBAC head coach Hayley Palmer.
“We not only produced amazing results in the pool, but the experience, having fun as a team, participating in relays, and supporting each other in the highs and lows of a meet is an important driver in travelling for international competition.”
Cayman’s Stingray Swim Club’s Kyra Rabess broke a pair of meet records in the girls 15-24-year-old class as well in taking first in the 200m free in a time of 2:12.7 and winning the 200m fly in 2:34.13. “I got a new meet record there in the 200 fly, which I’m really proud about,” said Rabess. “My coach also said I did pretty well, considering that we have been training in a 25m pool. This was the first time we’ve competed in a 50m pool since August.” Stingray’s Riley Watson finished first in both the girls 10-and-under 200m free in a time of 2:54.84 and the 100m fly (1:42.81).