Expert and novice swimmers join in local meet

| 04/07/2012

ry%3D400 (267x300).jpg(Stingray Swim Club):  The Caledonian Swim Meet, hosted by the Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman at the Lions Aquatic Centre was a resounding success, the club said. There were swimmers from four local clubs or swim schools, from two different islands, featured swimmers from 4 – 44 and included one Olympic Swimmer – Mr Darren Mew. The meet’s events took place over 4 days, allowing a wide array of events – 50m sprints, 200m medium distances and 1500m long distances to take place.

High points winners were – Girls: 6 & Under Veandra Robinson, Brac Barracudas (BB); 7-8 years Stephanie Royston, Camana Bay (CBAC); 9-10 years Alison Jackson, Stingray (SSC); 11-12 year, Kavanagh Lambert (CBAC); 13-14 years Coral Tomascik (CBAC) and 15 & Over Bethany Cleaver (CBAC). The Boys winners were – 6 & Under, Lachlin Lambert (CBAC); 7-8 years Corey Westerborg (SSC); 9-10 years Zachary Moore (CBAC); 11- 12 years RoryBarrett; 13-14 years Simon Butler and 15 & OverAlex McCallum.

Bernard McGrath, Managing Director of Caledonian and a long-time supporter of swimming was on deck at the Lions Aquatic Centre on Sunday 24th to watch the final races, revelling in the excitement of the relays – including the Masters’ relays – and to present High Points' trophies to the Age Group

Winners: “I was delighted with the turnout on Sunday,” he commented. “There was a great atmosphere of excitement in the air and it crossed every age group, from the under 6s to the Masters. We appreciate the hard work that Stingray Swim Club put in to this meet every year to make it such a resounding success and we look forward to seeing faster times, more swimmers …..and particularly more Masters Swimmers in 2013.”

In addition to the many, many Personal Best times recorded by the swimmers (PBs in swimming lingo), there were some new records set. Stingray Swim Club saw three of its club SC records fall to Corey Westerborg who, thus far this season has set 10 new club records! In this meet he set new SSC Records for the Boys 7-8 years 100m Free, 50m Breast and 100IM. And two new Lions Aquatic Centre Pool records were set by CBAC’s Zorora Motomba in the Girls 9-10 50m Free and Coral Tomascik in the Girls 13-14 50m Free.

Stingray Swim Club President, Brenda McGrath was delighted with the success of the meet: “Coming close on the heels of our early membership registration drive it was encouraging to see a number of our new members competing and completely ‘immersing’ themselves in the swim club. I would like to thank Meet Directors Melanie Solomon and Pat McCallum, the SSC Board Members who assisted them and all the volunteers who officiated, timed or acted as marshals. Without our volunteers we simply can’t put on these meets and so it is important that they all know how much we, and the swimmers, appreciate the donation of their time to swimming.”

Heading in to the summer will see Stingray Swim Club action slow down a little – however there will be a great deal of activity at the Lions Aquatic Centre with Government Camps, a Stingray Swim Club camp and training taking place throughout the summer. Additionally a team of 9 swimmers is attending the Saint Petersburg Aquatics’ Long Course Invitational – July 6-7-8, 2012; Senior Swimmer Geoffrey Butler will be competing in the British Nationals this summer and brothers Alex and Iain McCallum will be competing in the 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, being held in Canada.

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