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Cayman Islands swimmers break 23 National and CIASA records last week

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CIASAFrom Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association (CIASA) Feb 25, 2014

Cayman Islands swimmers rewrote the record book this weekend during the first Cayman Islands National Championships. Listed below are both CIASA Records and National Records.

Day 1

Boys 9-10 50 Backstroke – Corey Westerborg (SSC) 38:66 (prelims) – CIASA & NAT Records (previous record holder for both: Z Moore 39:55 – 5 Jan 2013).

Boys 11-12 50 Backstroke – Jordon Crooks and Zachary Moore (CBAC) jointly 33:73 (finals) – NAT Record (previous record holder: Z Moore 35:44 – Feb 2014)

Girls 11-12 200 Breaststroke – Miquela Montana (SSC) 3:08:74 (finals) – NAT Record (previous holder L Butler 3:11:24 – March 2007)

Girls 11-12 50 Backstroke – Alison Jackson (SSC) 33:86 (finals) – CIASA & NAT Records (previous record holders: CIASA Record – Danielle Boothe 33:90 – 5 Dec 08 / NAT Record T. R Solomon 34:57 – 16 June 02).

Girls 9-10 100 Butterfly – Sabine Ellison (CBAC) 1:23:87 (finals) – CIASA Record (previous record holder: J Foster 1:28:13 5 Nov 2000).

Day 2

Girls 13-14 50 Butterfly – Stephanie Boothe (SSC) 30:91 (finals) – CIASA Record (previous record holder Danielle Boothe 31:14 – 16 Oct 10).

Girls 13-14 50 Butterfly – Lauren Hew (CBAC) 31:39 (finals) – NAT Record (previous record holder T Solomon 31:77 – 24 May 03)

Boys 9-10 100 Backstroke – Corey Westerborg (SSC) 1:27:55 (finals) – CIASA & NAT Record (previous record holder: Iain McCallum 1:27:67 – 4 July 08).

Day 3

Boys 8 and under Breaststroke – Stefano Bonati (CBAC) 50:96 (finals) – CIASA Record ( previous record holder: Corey Westerborg 52:41 – 23 June 12)

Boys 9-10 50 Breaststroke – Corey Westerborg (SSC) 45:83 (finals) – NAT Record (previous record holder: Zachary Moore 46:44 – 5 Jan 13).

Girls 9-10 50 Breaststroke – Sabine Ellison (CBAC) 43:24 (finals) – CIASA Record (previous record holder: Danielle Boothe 43:27 – 10 Feb 07)

Boys 11-12 50 Breaststroke – Iain Macrae (SSC) 38:62 (prelims) – NAT Record (previous holder: Seiji Groome 40:22 – May 06)

Girls 11-12 50 Breaststroke – Alison Jackson (SSC) 37:44 (finals) – NAT Record (previous holder: Sarah Jackson 38:17)

Girls 13-14 50 Breaststroke – Sarah Jackson (SSC) 37:31 (prelims) CIASA and NAT Records. (previous record holders: CIASA Record Danielle Boothe with 37:81 – 30 May 09/ NAT Record A Smith with 38:63 – May 04).

Girls Senior 50 Breaststroke – Sarah Jackson (SSC) 37:31 (prelims) – NAT Record (previous record held by Sarah with 38:17)

Girls 11-12 100 Freestyle – Zororo Mutomba (CBAC) 1:03:51 (prelims) – CIASA Record (previous record held by Zororo with 1:03:96 – 12 Dec 13)

Girls 13-14 100 Freestyle – Lauren Hew (CBAC) 1:01:77 (finals) – NAT Record (previous holder: Lara Butler 1:02:28 – 19 June 09)

Day 4

Girls 13-14 100 Breaststroke – Sarah Jackson (SSC) 1:20:67 (finals) – NAT Record (previous record holder: Lauren Hew 1:23:48 – 9 Nov 13)

Boys 9-10 100 Breaststroke – Corey Westerborg (SSC) 1:40:37 (finals) – NAT Record (previous record holder: Jordon Crooks 1:43:02 – 23 Feb 13)

Boys 11-12 100 Breaststroke – Iain Macrae (SSC) 1:26:36 (prelims) – NAT Record (previous holder: Seiji Groome 1:29:40 – March 06)

Boys 8 and under 50 Back – Stefano Bonati (CBAC) 42:90 (finals) – CIASA Record ( previous record holder: Stefano Bonati 45:46 – 22 June 2013)

“The CIASA national championships were introduced to Cayman’s swim calendar this year and the results speak for themselves,” said technical director Bailey Weathers. “We had 147 swimmers competing in 172 events from three clubs. Unfortunately, the Brac Barracudas did not attend as the championships collided with school athletic events – but we are determined to coordinate schedules earlier next year so that this doesn’t happen again.”

Association president Peter MacKay, in his last official duties before the annual general meeting on March 18, congratulated all the swimmers and recognized the coaches and the technical director for the role they have played in Cayman swimming’s resurgence.

“We have an unbelievably talented group of swim coaches, whose expertise, commitment, dedication and belief in their swimmers has produced some incredible results in the pool,” MacKay said. “Some of the CIASA records which fell during the national championships had been in place since 2000, while others had been set just a few months ago. We started the championships with 16 swimmers qualified for CARIFTA and ended with 26, and we could see still more qualify as both Stingray and CBAC travel to Jamaica for the Walter Rodgers long-course meet.

“Although I am stepping down from the CIASA board at the AGM, I will continue to watch and follow swimming and look forward to seeing our athletes on the podium at CARIFTA in Aruba.”

The meet followed a preliminary heats and finals format, with prelims taking place in the morning sessions and finals in the afternoons – except for the 8 and under swimmers, who only swam on Saturday morning and whose races were timed finals.

A number of Cayman swimming sponsors were on hand to cheer on the athletes and to present awards in the medal ceremonies. Medal presenters included Ken Hydes, Aimee Bush, Aaron Knapik and Joanne Lawson, all from Dart (meet sponsors); Collin Anglin, government director of sports; Michael Lockwood of Maples; Scott Somerville of MaplesFS and Claire Critchely of Da Vinci Wellness Centre, who will be traveling to Aruba with the CARIFTA team.

Generous sponsorship from Maples assists CIASA with paying the technical director’s wage with that role, along with the other coaches, being a key contributor to the improvement of Cayman swimming.

“We are proud to be in the company of swimming sponsors such as the government and Maples,” Hydes said. “The CEO conference this past week had a panel on youth and sports and the success of these young athletes in the pool this past weekend only goes to prove the positive impact sports can have on the lives of our young people. I am blown away by the focus, determination and true grit these swimmers display day in and day out, and I encourage everyone to come out to the next meet and witness them in action.”

The meet ran flawlessly, and while there are many volunteers to thank for this, there are three the organizers singled out: meet directors Albert Anderson and Ian Lambert ran a tight ship, making it all look easy, as did Sheena Frederick-Westerborg, who organized the teams of volunteers to officiate, time and marshal at each of the meet’s eight sessions.

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