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Cayman Islands SKY swimmers come flying out of the gates


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The Business Solutions Technologies Group Ltd (BSTG) Friday Night Lights and Cayman National Fall Sprint Meet took place last weekend with swimmers from host club Stingray Swim Club (SSC); Special Olympics Cayman Islands; Brac Barracudas; Camana Bay Aquatic Club (CBAC); Team Treasure Island (TI) and Triple C Dolphins competing in a number of long, middle and sprint distance events and relays. Very proud of all the Stingray athletes this weekend said Stingray head coach, Andy Copley. “I am very pleased with performances across the board and witnessed a lot of huge steps taken in the right direction by members of every swim group. At this same time last year I would guess we had maybe just a handful of kids hitting any PB’s at all for our first meet. This time around kids were far more competitive and mostly either hitting PB’s or right on them. I will offer a more detailed view of my thoughts in tomorrow’s issue of The Sting, but here are a few quick-hit highlights…”

Jake Bailey smashes 7 PB’s. Most notably in a huge 400 free where he PB’d at the 100 and 200m marks as well.

Kyra Rabess landed 5 for 5 PB’s, dropping over 11 seconds in the 100IM.

Abbeygale Freebourne knocked off four seconds in her 25 backstroke to place for the first time in an event.

Iain McCallum wins the FINA Points award with a massive 12 seconds PB in the 800 Freestyle.

The girls 8-Under Relay team of Gabriella Royston, Madison Chin, Marisa Poole and Jillian Crooks takes first overall in the freestyle relay, being the first Stingray team to go under 1:20 for the 4×25 freestyle event.

Jayde Solomon swam her first PB in almost a year and a half. Jayde spent the last year out of the pool and is getting back to form!

Keanu McKenzie dropped 10 seconds in his 50 butterfly for the largest PB of his young career to date!

Thanks for the work of all the volunteers and parents that made this weekend go off without a hitch! It was an excellent first go round of the 2014-2015 swim year!

SKY Dominates CUC Sea Swim, Smilley wins in North Carolina 

October 11, 2014

On a bright Saturday afternoon, Stingray’s swimmers young and old punished the competition here in Cayman and on the coast of North Carolina.

Andrew Smilley started the day off right by winning his division and placing second overall in the Mott’s Channel Swim, a 1.3 swim held on the shores of North Carolina. Smilley finished the course in just over 23 minutes giving him his best finish in a sea swim so far this year! Smilley is using this as a trial run event for the 2015 World Special Olympic Games in Los Angeles where he will swim the 1 mile event and try to bring home gold.

Back here in Cayman, Stingray cleaned up at the CUC 800m Sea Swim. Stingray swimmers were entered in 8 different age categories and won top finisher in every category! Iain McCallum claimed the top spot overall in the race, avenging his 2nd place finish in the Foster’s Food Fair Sea Swim last month.

On the girls side, Ella Plunkett surprised even herself by swimming to the Women’s title, followed closely by Catriona MacRae and Samantha Bailey for a 1-2-3 finish on the girls side.

Marisa Poole, Stephanie Royston, Zororo Mutomba, Ella Plunkett, Catriona MacRae, Liam Sinclair, Zach Moore and Iain McCallum all won their respective age divisions.

Congrats to everybody who swam for Stingray!

The next event on the Stingray Swim Club Calendar is the Mike Lockwood Memorial Pirates Week Meet, which offers a full array of events – sprint, middle and long distances.

For more information on Stingray Swim Club


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