John Gray High School edged Layman E. Scott High School by six points to win the first ever Public High School Swimming Championships Friday (25 May).
It marks the first time all three public High Schools have competed against each other in a meet.
Cayman Islands Government Senior Swimming Instructor Ryan Mushin, who organized the event says it’s the culmination of many months of hard work and planning.
“We’ve always had the dual meet between Clifton Hunter High School and John Gray High School. We’ve always tried to get the Brac here but because of logistics, cost, and flights and time of the year it’s always been difficult but this year we made it work.”
Each event saw one heat for each event for a total of 40 events.
Layman E Scott took the overall medal count with 20 gold 14 silver 12 bronze. John Gray followed in second 16 gold 14 silver 13 bronze, followed by Clifton Hunter (4 gold, 12 silver, 14 bronze). John Gray led girls scores (120) with Clifton Hunter second (114) and Layman E. Scott third (98). Boys scores saw Layman E. Scott first (146) John Gray second (114) and Clifton Hunter third (81.)
1st John Gray 328 points
2nd Layman Scott 322 points
3rd Clifton Hunter 271 points
Mushin added the meet is a true demonstration of the untapped talent in Cayman’s public high schools.
“A lot of these kids are raw talent, they don’t swim with any specific clubs, they just swim with their high schools. So it’s a lot of fun for them to compete against people the same level as them.”
John Gray High School Principal Jon Clark says his students showed character in the face of adversity.
“I am very proud of the achievement of our swimmers in difficult conditions today. It is another example of our commitment to hard work. Some of these swimmers have already competed overseas as a School swim team as well as being involved in the excellent club structure on island.”