No slowing down Cayman’s swimmers

Lauren Hew set a new CARIFTA record

Cayman Islands swimmers on Sunday morning (16 April) picked up where they left off the evening before at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships, turning in some impressive performances and booking spots in finals of various events later in the day.

Avery Lambert was fastest through the preliminaries in two events at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in Nassau Bahamas Sunday morning. She was quickest to the wall in the Girls 11-12 100m backstroke and the 200m freestyle. In the 200m freestyle, she was two-and-a-half seconds ahead of her nearest competitor with a time of 2:15.27. She swam 1:13.07 in the 100m backstroke.

Lauren Hew was nearly three seconds faster than any other swimmer in the Girls 15-17 100m backstroke. She touched the wall in 1:05.94 for a new CARIFTA record. She also advanced to the Girls 15-17 200m freestyle.

Corey Frederick-Westerborg was quickest in the Boys 11-12 200m freestyle with a time of 2:10.35. He is also through to the finals of the Boys 11-12 50m butterfly.

Meantime, Ali Jackson secured herself a good lane in the final of the Girls 13-14 200m freestyle with a time of 2:14.31 – that was one hundredth of a second ahead of the next fastest swimmer. Ria Plunkett was fourth fastest overall (2:15.27) and has also move on to the final. Jackson also advanced from the preliminaries of the Girls 13-14 100m backstroke.

Other swimmers booking spots in finals include: Zachary Moore (Boys 13-14 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke), Samantha Bailey (Girls 15-17 200m freestyle), Eddie Webber (Boys 15-17 200m freestyle).

The Cayman Islands team of Avery Lambert, Sophie Ellison, Stephanie Royston and Raya Embury-Brown were second fastest in prelims for the Girls 11-12 400m medley relay.

CIASA President Michael Lockwood said: “Again our swimmers have worked hard and swam fast. We are delighted to have so many finals swims tonight and look forward to another exciting series of relays as well. PBs, places in finals and for Lauren Hew a new CARIFTA record in her 100m Backstroke prelims swim of 1.05.94 *(previous record was 1.06.00 set in 2011).” will have further updates throughout the day.


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