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Domestic swim season opens with a splash

Sports 18 Oct, 2019 Follow News

Domestic swim season opens with a splash

“Six weeks and two meets in to the new season and the swimmers are looking good.”

With the first two meets of the 2019 - 2020 season behind them. Stingray Swim Cub Head Coach David Pursley is happy with the progress so far.

“The Cayman National Sprint meet, hosted at the Lions Aquatic Centre on 28 September was a great start for our swimmers,” said Pursley.

He continued, “every year It provides our new swimmers with the opportunity to learn how to compete and the ins and outs of a swim meet; and our older more experienced swimmers help lead and guide the younger and newer swimmers through the meet. The Sprint meets are much more than just racing and times on the board – they are team bonding and leadership development. It was a great weekend that the club truly benefited from."

“Cayman National’s commitment to our young swimmers continues to be a source of pride for us,” commented Shari Welcome, Manager Bank Marketing & Communications. “Swimming is a life-saving skill, and in many instances, this is reason enough to support the sport - but when we see young swimmers become athletes we know we are investing in skills that will serve them for life. They learn commitment, how to deal with disappointments and victories and how to prioritise and manage time. We are proud to have partnered with Stingray Swim Club again this year and thank them, and the larger swim community for the continued positive impacts they are making on our youth.

Then this past weekend, Stingray headed across town to compete in the CBAC Fall Kick-Off where swimmers competed in sprint and middle-distance events – testing themselves once again under officiated conditions.

“It was good to see our swimmers competing in sprint and middle-distance events this past weekend,” said Coach Pursley. “With the Mike Lockwood Memorial in November and then our end of season Coconut Cup meet in December these first two meets of the season give us a good idea of where we are compared to this time last year, and provide pointers on where we need to focus so that we can keep getting faster as the season progresses.”

“And a big thank you to the officials and all the volunteers who invest so much time in our young swimmers. We – the coaches and the swimmers – truly appreciate their time as officiated meets are so important for the continued success of our young swimmers,” Pursley concluded.

Cayman National high points swimmers were: Girls: 6& Under, Tegan Marr (CBAC); 7-8, Tessa Danter (CBAC); 9-10, Riley Watson (SSC); 11-12, Brianna Fischetti (SMS); 13-14, Jillian Crooks (CBAC) and 15& Over, Alison Jackson (SSC). Boys: 7-8, Tito Higgo (CBAC); 9-10 Jack Croucher (CBAC); 11-12, Andrew Muyanga (SSC); 13-14 Jorian Neblett (SSC) and 15& Over Corey Frederick-Westerborg (SSC).

Stingray swimmers are in action next at the Mike Lockwood Memorial, 15-17 November at the Lions Aquatic Centre. For information on Stingray Swim Club visit www.caymanswimming.com or email stingraysec@gmail.com.

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