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National championships start

The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association in partnership with DART is hosting the Cayman Islands National Swimming Championships which started on Thursday, Feb. 16.

This four-day meet is taking place at the Camana Bay Aquatics Centre and will be in the preliminaries and finals format that is commonly used in international competition.

Competition lasts until Sunday

Bailey Weathers, CIASA Technical Director said: “In an effort to continue to raise the standard for swimming in the Cayman Islands, the coaches from our three swim clubs all agree that Cayman’s swimmers will benefit from having a prelims and finals meet here at home. International meets such as CARIFTA Championships, CCCAN Championships, Island Games, and the World Masters Championships use this format and our swimmers can better develop strategies that will allow them to swim fast in the preliminary heats, thus qualifying for the finals; and then proceed to swim faster in the finals. Our goal is to get Cayman swimming into as many finals as possible and this approach, which we have had success with over the last three years, continues to be a great way to prepare our swimmers to do so.”

The National Championships is also the last local meet that Cayman’s CARIFTA hopefuls can achieve CARIFTA qualifying times for the pool events at. The national championships are for swimmers of all ages, including masters swimmers and generally have 158 different events available.

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