Young swimmers come out for inter-primary meet

Nine schools competed in the 2017 Inter-Primary Swim Meet.

Students from nine schools skipped class on Friday, 8 December, but for a constructive purpose as they headed to Lions Pool for the 2017 Inter-Primary Swim Meet. The young athletes who turned up put in some solid performances.

“The meet was a huge success. I am very pleased with the hard work all the children put forward,” said Ryan Mushin, the senior swimming instructor at the Department of Sports.

“We are really making a push at the Department of Sports to ‘waterproof’ all the children we can and it showed in this swim meet.”

Cayman Prep emerged as the school with the most points after 56 events, sweeping the 100m medley relays and splitting the top spots in the 100m freestyle relays with Cayman International School, which was second in the overall points standings.

Cayman Prep ended with 510 points, with CIS on 239, just ahead of third-placed St Ignatius Catholic School on 203 points.  Montessori by the Sea finished fourth (27 points) and Grace Christian Academy was fifth (18 points).

Sir John A Cumber Primary School, a newcomer to the competition was sixth with 14 points, ahead of Triple C School (13 points), Red Bay Primary School (7 points) and Prospect Primary School (3 points).

Mushin said it was Sir John A Cumber Primary School’s was a welcomed addition to the meet. “With the help of their PE teacher and principal they have had swim training every Tuesday since September at the Lions Pool,” he said, adding that their hard work paid off with a sixth-place finish.

Among the swimmers with multiple wins were Lev Fahy of Grace Christian Academy – Boys Grade 2/Year 3 25m freestyle, 25m backstroke and 50m freestyle.

Others were Riley Watson of St Ignatius – Girls Grade 2/Year 3 25m backstroke and 50m freestyle; Cayman Prep’s Sierra Broadbelt – Girls Grade 3/Year 4 25m freestyle and 50m freestyle; Luke Higgo of Cayman International School – Boys Grade 3/Year 4 25m freestyle and 25m backstroke; Benjamin Coak of Cayman Prep – Boys Grade 3/Year 4 25m breaststroke and 25m butterfly; Abigail Anderson of Cayman Prep – Girls Grade 4/Year 5 25m breaststroke and 50m freestyle; Cayman Prep’s Libby Lindley – Girls Grade 4/Year 5 25m butterfly and 50m freestyle; Lila Higgo of Cayman International School – Girls Grade 5/Year 6 25m breaststroke and 50m freestyle; and Demyan Sankin of St Ignatius – Boys Grade 5/Year 6 25m freestyle and 25m butterfly.

Swimmers from Lighthouse School also participated, many of them drawing the most supportive cheers from spectators.

“Lighthouse School has a really strong swimming programme. Many of the children go on to compete in the Special Olympics and even the Special Olympics World Games for swimming. Ms. Penny [McDowall] has been heading the aquatics for years and is a true asset to the swimming community at lighthouse and in Cayman in general,” Mushin said.

The senior swimming instructor added that promoting swimming through schools’ programmes is important part of developing the sport on the island. “As we keep pushing the school initiative, it gets children excited and interested in swimming. Once that happens they can approach their parents and they can find methods how to learn to swim,” he said.

2017 Inter-Primary Swim Meet full team results

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