Impressive swims at Stingray’s Floribbean meet

High-points winners.

Stingray Swim Club held its inaugural Floribbean Summer Championships last weekend attracting competition from both local and international Swimming Clubs.

Competitors from Blue Wave swimming based in Florida raced against local clubs Stingray Swim Club, Camana Bay Aquatic Club, Seven Mile Swimmers as well as swimmers from the Special Olympic Team, at the three-day event.

Blue Wave swimmers Katia Babitzke, Amelia Bitting and Gracie Day all enjoyed their experience in Cayman. “The Blue Wave swimming coaching staff looks forward to organising more swim events and meets with Cayman. The Cayman coaches are incredibly knowledgeable of the sport and are truly passionate,” said coach Kyle Trelka .

The meet also produced some great results and personal best times for a lot of the swimmers who took part. Notably, Jorian Neblett, a young teenager who has made enormous leaps and growth during this summer season and for sure will be in the pursuit of CARIFTA times as we look forward to the latter half of 2017 into 2018. Jorian obtained a 100% record for personal best times in all events in both meets he competed in this summer, in Tampa and at the Floribbean Summer Championships.

“This is a testament to Jorian’s consistency, and also to something of which all our swimmers and coaches strive towards. Our goal to be a world class programme is realistic and obtainable. To achieve this goal, we need to be consistent all year round and this summer championship meet is the greatest step forward we can make in providing opportunities for all swimmers not just in Stingray, but in all Cayman’s swim clubs to achieve their potential. We have already had talks with other teams who are interested and excited to return with the potential to bring new teams in tow,” said Stingray assistant coach Neil Hamp.


L-R Kathy Jackson, President SSC, Blue Wave Swimmers, Katia Babitzke, Amelia Bitting, Gracie Day and Blue Wave Coach Kyle Trelka. (Photo by Linda Key)


This was the last meet of the year for the swimming calendar here on island, with one more international meet taking place this week in St. Petersburg, at the ISCA Summer Senior Championships.

Floribbean Summer Championship High Points Awards went to: GIRLS: 7-8, Sierrah Broadbelt (SMS); 9-10, Kathryn Lambert-Wragg (SMS), 11-12, Allyson Belfonte (SSC); 13-14, Nadia Simmonds (SMS) and 15&Over, Bianca Reid (SSC). Boys: 6&Under, Chase Watson (SSC), 9-10 Andrew Muyanga (CBAC); 11-12 Jorian Neblett (SSC); 13-14 Corey Westerborg-Frederick (SSC) and 15&Over Jordan Crooks (CBAC).

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