Swimmers kept busy at Mike Lockwood Memorial Meet

Ria Plunkett (SSC) was tops in the Girls 13-14 group.

It was a busy weekend for swimmers, as they gathered at Lions Aquatic Centre for the 2016 Mike Lockwood Memorial Swim Meet from 10-13 November, 2016.

In all, 98 swimmers including those representing Stingray Swim Club (SSC), Camana Bay Aquatic Club (CBAC), Seven Mile Swimmers (SMS), Brac Barracudas, Special Olympics Cayman Islands plunged into the pool over the four days of the annual meet that coincides with Pirates Week festivities on Grand Cayman.

Swimmers from SSC and CBAC, the larger of the clubs, dominated the results. However, Seven Mile Swimmers had high points winners in two age categories.

Mr Michael Lockwood, Mike Lockwood’s son, former Stingray member and current President of CIASA and a masters swimmer was on deck at the start of the meet. Delivering brief opening comments, Michael reflected on his father’s firm belief that all children should learn how to swim and the pride he would get from seeing so many young swimmers taking part in this meet.

An extra component of the meet this year was the addition of a food collection which saw Stingray invite all swimmers taking part to bring donations of dry foods for the Lions Food Pantry. The Lions Aquatic Centre has been the home of Stingray Swim Club since its inception 20 years ago, and as Mike Lockwood was also a Lion the club saw this initiative as a win-win.

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“It was an excellent weekend of fun and good strong competition,” said Stingray Head Coach David Pursley. “The meet was a lot of fun and it was great to have our youngest swimmers on the blocks again – with a highlight of the four days coming on the Friday night when our 6&U girls Medley Relay team swam their hearts out. Cheered on by all the older swimmers, and by all the spectators in the stands the young swimmers – including Stingray’s Kassandra Adapa, Casey Coles, Cassidy Coles and Abriann Cooper were all beaming as they finished their leg to high fives and cheers from Stingray’s senior girls. The close relays and over all team scores show the tremendous growth in the depth of competition here on island across all teams.”

The following are the High Points Winners in the various age categories.

15 & over boys: Rory Barrett (CBAC) – touched the wall first in the 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and 400m individual medley.

15 & over girls: Sam Bailey (SSC) – 1st place finishes: 800m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m medley relay, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle, and 400m individual medley.

13-14 boys: Zachary Moore (SSC) – 1st place finishes: 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 1,500m freestyle, 100m backstroke, and 200m backstroke.

13-14 girls: Ria Plunkett (SSC) – 1st place finishes: 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 200m backstroke, and 400m individual medley.

11-12 boys: Finn Bishop (CBAC) – 1st place finishes: 50m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley.

11-12 girls: Avery Lambert (CBAC) – 1st place finishes: 50 freestyle, 50m backstroke, 200m backstroke, and 200m butterfly.

9-10 boys: Harry Bishop (CBAC) – 1st place finishes: 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 100m individual medley, and 200m individual medley.

9-10 girls: Harper Barrowman (SMS) – 1st place finishes: 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, and 100m individual medley.

7-8 boys: Phin Ellison (CBAC) – 1st place finishes: 25m freestyle, 25m backstroke, and 25m breaststroke.

7-8 girls: Libby Lindley (SMS) – 1st place finishes: 25m freestyle, 25m backstroke, 25m breaststroke, and 25m butterfly.

6 & under boys: Rylan Pearson (Unattached)

6 & under girls: Casey Coles (SSC)


Team points standings:

1 Stingray Swim Club: 867

2 Camana Bay Aquatic Club: 840

3 Seven Mile Swimmers: 210

4 Brac Barracudas: 24

5 Special Olympics Cayman Islands: 8

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Photo courtesy: CJ Moore

Photo courtesy: CJ Moore

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