For the first time ever, the Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association (CIASA) National Championships are coming to Cayman 27!
As Cayman’s top amateur junior swimmers hit the pool starting Thursday 7 March at 8:00 a.m., Cayman 27 will go LIVE during the evening session of day three Saturday 9th March from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the Camana Bay Aquatic Centre.
The event will be hosted by Cayman 27’s ‘Sports Guy’ Jordan Armenise, alongside Camana Bay Aquatic Club’ Coach Kirk Ermels and Olympian Lara Butler.
Butler, who owns 28 amateur swimming records, says the event brings out the best in swimmers as the final meet before the CARIFTA Championships.
“It’s a big highlight in Cayman,” said Butler. “There are so many swimmers who may not make the cut, but the adrenaline and the family support, gives you the boost to swim better than you’ve ever swam before. You realize you are at the level you can be at to compete against other Caribbean swimmers.”
Ermels says the event, which includes over 40 finals during the three-hour broadcast, will feature a high level of competition.
“This is our kids last chance to qualify,” said Ermels. “This is our highlight on the island. There are some kids knocking on the door, and I think there are going to be some very competitive races.”
In 2018, swimmers broke a whopping 20 records at the CIASA Nationals. Cayman’s national CARIFTA swimmers followed that with a 41-medal performance at the 2018 CARIFTA Championships in Jamaica. The three-hour broadcast can be viewed on both Cayman 27 and Facebook.
The event in it’s entirety runs from 7-10 March:
Thursday and Friday: Prelims @ 8:00AM and Finals @ 6:00PM
Saturday and Sunday: Prelims @ 8:30AM and Finals @ 5:30PM
Here is a look at the events to be included in the broadcast:
Synchronized swimming exhibition
Girls 9-10 200-metre I.M.
Boys 9-10 200-metre I.M.
Girls 11-12 200-metre I.M.
Boys 11-12 200-metre I.M.
Girls 13-14 200-metre I.M.
Boys 13-14 200-metre I.M.
Girls 15-17 200-metre I.M.
Boys 15-17 200-metre I.M.
Girls 18-20 200-metre I.M.
Boys 18-20 200-metre I.M.
Girls 9-10 50-metre breaststroke
Boys 9-10 50-metre breaststroke
Girls 11-12 50-metre breaststroke
Boys 11-12 50-metre breaststroke
Girls 13-14 50-metre breaststroke
Boys 13-14 50-metre breaststroke
Girls 15-17 50-metre breaststroke
Boys 15-17 50-metre breaststroke
Girls 18-20 50-metre breaststroke
Boys 18-20 50-metre breaststroke
Girls 9-10 100-metre freestyle
Boys 9-10 100-metre freestyle
Girls 11-12 100-metre freestyle
Boys 11-12 100-metre freestyle
Girls 13-14 100-metre freestyle
Boys 13-14 100-metre freestyle
Girls 15-17 100-metre freestyle
Boys 15-17 100-metre freestyle
Girls 18-20 100-metre freestyle
Boys 18-20 100-metre freestyle
Girls 11-12 200-metre butterfly
Boys 11-12 200-metre butterfly
Girls 13-14 200-metre butterfly
Boys 13-14 200-metre butterfly
Girls 15-17 100-metre butterfly
Boys 15-17 100-metre butterfly
Girls 18-20 100-metre butterfly
Boys 18-20 100-metre butterfly
Girls 9-10 200-metre free relay
Boys 9-10 200-metre free relay
Girls 11-12 200-metre free relay
Boys 11-12 200-metre free relay
Girls 13-14 200-metre free relay
Boys 13-14 200-metre free relay
Girls 15-17 200-metre free relay
Boys 15-17 200-metre free relay
Girls 18-20 200-metre free relay
Boys 18-20 200-metre free relay