Barrowman’s 3 medals lead Cayman at CCCAN

L-R Back: Jake Bailey, Sarah Jackson, Zachary Moore, Alex Dakers, Corey Frederick-Westerborg, Coach Kirk Ermels, Will Sellars, Stefano Bonati, Coach Darren Mew. Front L-R: Team Manager Terri Barrowman, Lauren Hew, Stephanie Royston, Kaitlyn Sullivan and Harper Barrowman.

Harper Barrowman won three medals in the girls 11-12 age group, including gold in the 200m long course freestyle to lead the Cayman Islands performance at the 2019 Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championship in Barbados.

The 28 June to 2 July meet brought together 550 swimmers across all swimming disciplines and close to 400 swimmers in competitive swimming over 151 events. The races were swam as preliminary qualifying heats in the morning and finals in the evenings, a similar format to CARIFTA and other four or five day swim meets. 

Eight Cayman swimmers made it through to the finals, resulting in one gold and four bronze medals. CCCAN is a more competitive meet than CARIFTA, as it includes swimmers from Central America and swimmers over 18 years old. 

The Cayman Islands placed 17th overall out of 27th teams, with 65 points from the pool events and 11 points from Open Water. Cayman had standout performances from medallists Harper Barrowman, Alex Dakers and Kaitlyn Sullivan.   Alex Dakers, Stefano Bonati and Jake Bailey competed in the 5k Open Water race, with all three Cayman swimmers finishing in the points.  

In addition to her 200m freestyle (2:14.60) gold, Barrowman won a pair of bronze medals in the 100m butterfly (1:09.63) and 400m freestyle (4:44.80).

Other medals came courtesy of Alex Dakers with bronze in the Boys 18 & Over 1500m Freestyle (16:49.16) and Kaitlyn Sullivan in the Girls 11-12 200m Breaststroke (2:55.86).

The Cayman Islands Swim Team included eleven swimmers: Will Sellars, Corey Frederick-Westerborg, Kaitlyn Sullivan, Stephanie Royston, Harper Barrowman, Stefano Bonati, Sarah Jackson, Alex Dakers, Lauren Hew, Zachary Moore and Jake Bailey. 

In all, 27 countries were represented at the swimming championships, including: Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vicente and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and the US Virgin Islands.  

“Cayman had Impressive results at CCCAN with nine of the eleven swimmers competing at this event for the first time.  Timing for this event was challenging as half of the Representative Team headed to Gibraltar for the Island Games and were not able to attend both meets,” said Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association (CIASA) Director for Media, Steve Broadbelt.

“CIASA would like to congratulate all swimmers who represented the Cayman Islands at the CCCAN Championships and we commend their dedication, commitment and passion for the sport of swimming,” added CIASA President Michael Lockwood.

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