Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association (CIASA) amateurs continued to shine against the region’s best as 26 swimmers representing the Camana Bay Aquatic Club took to the National Stadium in Jamaica 25-27 January for the 2019 Karl Dalhouse Memorial Invitational.
Overall, CBAC placed third behind Bahamian winners ‘y’ Speedos Swim Club, and second place Tornadeos Swim Club of Jamaica.
“We thought the kids swam fantastic this weekend,” said CBAC Coach Kirk Ermels. “Especially considering they had four sessions, anywhere from 8-12 events all taking place in less than 48 hours.”
High Point winners included 10-year old Phin Ellison, 12-year old Jillian Crooks and 16-year old Jordan Crooks.
Ellison set Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association (CIASA) records in both the 50 Backstroke (38.40*) and 100 Backstroke (1:23.15*) for Boys 9-10. Overall, the 10-year old reached the podium in all ten of his events, including first place in the 100 Free, 200 IM, 100 Back, 200 Free, and 100 Fly. Ellison also swam up an age-division to team with Crooks, Lila Higgo and Connor MacDonald to clock the best time in the Mixed 11-12 relay.
“This meet should be a huge stepping stone for us moving forward,” said Ermels. “It’s great for the kids to understand they can swim fast, even though they might be exhausted.”
12-year old Crooks continued her monster season in the pool winning six events, while setting six meet records in the process. Another strong performance came from 11-year old Lila Higgo who swam to four meet records, while 13-year old Stefano Bonati clocked a meet best in the 1500 Free.
“We were just really proud of how the kids competed and how well they represented Cayman Swimming throughout the weekend,” said Ermels. “I’m even more impressed with how hard they were willing to work, how supportive they were as a team and how well they conducted themselves as young adults.”
The 16-year old Crooks topped five events, while finished second overall in both the 200 back, and the 200 Mixed Medley Relay alongside Sophie Ellison, Ben Somerville and Carmella Ylagen.
*records are awaiting CIASA verification