Andrew Smilley’s Greatest Open Water Swim

| 05/01/2010

Cayman Islands News, Cayman sports, special athletes(The Water is Open): Among an extraordinarily impressive field of outstanding open water swimming heroes, the San Francisco Bay swim of Andrew Smilley from the Cayman Islands just barely out-voted the world record setting relay team of Camlough, Ireland as the 2009 Greatest Open Water Swim of the Year. Out of 9,133 votes cast by fans around the globe, 2,086 individuals voted for Andrew and 2,003 voted for the Camlough team. Andrew placed 107th in a field of 800 swimmers in the RCP Tiburon Mile where the Special Olympian from Cayman Islands also placed third in the 19-29 age in the non-wetsuit division in the San Francisco Bay in his first ever cold-water experience.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well done Andrew you’re a great inspiration to many of us so keep up the good work and thumbs up to everyone who has assisted and voted for him, Also a special thanks to the CI Special Olympics and Ms. Penny for the hard work and dedication good job and keep striving to be the best. We need to all continue to support all of our athletes.

  2. Miss Ann-Marie says:

    Andrew, you are an inspiration to many people here in Cayman, and especially to the young people. We love being around you, hanging with you and playing with you! And my daughter C.C. loves and admires you very much.Keep up the good work and the dedication, and let me know when you want some more beef ribs!!

  3. livingcayman says: congratulates Andrew.

  4. Tom McCallum says:

    Congrats to Andrew… and to his coach of many years, Ms Penny McDowall, whose dedication and selflessness in this and everything she does is an inspiration and example to us all.

    Still, Andrew and the other swimmers are used to "cold water" swimming, boy it was cold, dark and windy this morning at 5:45am…. when most of us were tucked up in bed, Andrew and the rest of our swimmers are pounding up and down in an outdoor pool with temperatures that are too cold for all but the most dedicated 🙂


  5. Anonymous says:

    I too would like to offer my congratulations to Mr. Smilley and all of those who have assisted him along his journey!  Finally some good news to focus on for a while!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Way to go Andrew!!!!!!!!!!!! you are the best.

  7. EastSider says:

    Great Job Andrew.  Folks in East End are proud of you too.  Keep up the good work.

    • Anonymous says:

      I accidentally gave your comment a thumbs dow and it won’t let me change it…so here is my thumbs up!

  8. A Concerned Caymanian says:

    Congrats and keep it up!  Cayman is very proud of you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations…………………. Andrew keep up the good work sure the hold of the Cayman Islands are very proud of you.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Your entire country is proud of you, Andrew!.

    Hold your head up high as you go forth with your accomplishments!

  11. Peter Milburn says:

    I would like to add my congrats to Andrew.He is truly a representative of what our young people can do if given the chance and have the will to put in the hard work needed.Keep it going Andrew.

  12. wesbaya says:

    Congratulations, Andrew!

    Thanks to everyone who voted for him.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Woo hoo!

    Well done Andrew! Couldnt happen to a nicer guy!