The Cayman Islands Swim team of Lauren Hew, Alex McCallum and Ali Jackson started their campaign at the 13th edition of the World Short Course Swimming Championships on Dec 6 in Windsor Canada.
Lauren Hew took down 2 national senior records in the morning heats. In the 200 metre freestyle she lowered the national record of 2:04.61 to 2:03.46 (split time 59.07). The previous standard was held by Lara Butler set at the 2010 World championships in Dubai. With that performance she placed 43rd the best placing by a swimmer from the CARIFTA region. She would also better the 100 metre backstroke mark by the narrowest of margins. Hew stopped the clock in 1:03.35 (split time 30.11) .She just edged the record of 1:03.36 set by Butler at the 2013 Island Games. When asked about the her records and outlook for the rest of the Championships Lauren said “
I think that I have had a great start to the meet so far with a great time improvement in my 200 free which will set me up for a fast 100 free tomorrow. I was glad to grab 2 new CIASA and national records on the first day of racing and think that Ali, Alex and I have a great opportunity to swim fast in all of our upcoming events this week.
Teammate Alex McCallum competing in the 100 metre backstroke placed 56th in a time of 58.38 (split time 28.21). Alex had the following thoughts about his swim
“It was a fantastic experience racing in my first world championships race and the atmosphere was incredible. Being surrounded by the world’s best swimmers helps to inspire everyone to swim better”.
The third member of the team Alison Jackson competing the in 200 metre freestyle and 100 metre backstroke had the following respective times and placings 2:12.57 split time 1:03.88 (68th) and 1:07.30 split time 32.26 (59th). Her thoughts about her swims and the rest of the meet to come were as follows
“Being behind the blocks and looking around knowing that people all over the world are watching made me a bit nervous but it was amazing. Also looking up at the score board and seeing your name next to your countries flag is really great”.
Alison and Lauren will compete in the 100 metre freestyle today.