Sprint meet attracts record number of swimmers

| 26/05/2017
CNS Local Life

The start of the boys 15-and-over 100m individual medley

(CNS Local Life): All four clubs and Special Olympic athletes competed in the annual Lions Sprint Meet, with a record attendance of 179 athletes. Stingray Swim Club (SSC), Camana Bay Aquatic Club (CBAC), Seven Mile Swimmers (SMS), Brac Barracudas and Special Olympians all raced head to head in the event, which is geared towards younger swimmers.

Meet director Kathy Jackson said of the event: “This is a great swim meet for those competing for the first time, with age categories as young as six and under.”

Many races proved to be very tight, with one having all six swimmers finish within hundredths of a second of each other. The 9-10 girls and boys proved the closest competitions with both top spots resulting in a tie for the high point awards.

Corey Frederick-Westerborg dominated the boys 13-14 category and Sarah Jackson did the same in the 15 and over races, both scoring the maximum 30 points for the meet in their respective age groups.

Spectators packed the bleachers on both sides of the Lions pool. Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association president, Michael Lockwood said of the standing-room-only event: “The success of swim meets like this year’s Lions Sprint Meet clearly demonstrate that our facilities are at capacity and we need to push on with plans for our 50 metre pool for this next generation of athletes.”

The sprint meet, for which entrance was free, was sponsored by the Lions Club and organised by SSC volunteers.

The next competition at the Lions pool is the Landon Von Kanel Memorial Swim Meet, set for 1-4 June 2017.

High point winners for the age categories at the sprint meet were:

6&U Girls: Leila Coak – 22 points

6&U Boys: Taygan McFarlane, Brac Barracudas – 20 points

7-8 Girls: Sierrah Broadbelt, SMS – 28 points

7-8 Boys: Ben Coak, SMS – 28 points

9-10 Girls: Lila Higgo, CBAC / Jillian Crooks, CBAC, tie – 18 points

9-10 Boys: Amari Ried, SMS / Connor MacDonald, CBAC, tie – 18 points

11-12 Girls: Kyra Rabess, SSC – 21 points

11-12 Boys: Finn Bishop, CBAC – 22 points

13-14 Girls: Sabine Ellison, CBAC – 25 points

13-14 Boys: Corey Frederick-Westerborg, SSC – 30 points

15&O Girls: Sarah Jackson, SSC – 30 points

15&O Boys: Alex McCallum, SSC – 23 points

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