Luke Higgo of Camana Bay Aquatic Club (CBAC) has broken two Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association age group records at the 2021 Coconut Cup held 3-5 December.
Higgo, 12, broke the 50 metre and 100m backstroke records. The 100m backstroke record in particular was set by Andrew MacKay in 1998 with a time of 1:08.71. However, Higgo now holds the new record in a time of 1:07.42.
“My plan was to swim as fast as I could and to try and get a personal best time,” Higgo stated in press release. “To not only get a PB but also set a national record is awesome.”
MacKay, who was in attendance at the Coconut Cup said he was please to see Higgo best his long-standing record.
“It really shows the strength of swimming in Cayman when the record books continue to be rewritten. I know the work and training that goes into breaking a record, so huge congratulations to Luke and I look forward to more in the future,” he said.
Following three days of competition at the 2021 Coconut Cup, CBAC announced that six of its swimmers had achieved CARIFTA Aquatics Championships qualifying times at the meet.
In addition to Higgo, CARIFTA qualifiers included Coco McGrath, Allyson Belfonte, Tate Marr, Reagan Lisle and Azania Osborne.
Grant Ferguson, CBAC head coach said the club’s outstanding results showed what was possible through commitment and determination.
“It’s a credit to our athletes and the hard work and training they put in that they are ready to race and are achieving personal best times and qualifying times,” he said. “With the Cayman National Swimming Championships on the horizon in March, CBAC is looking forward to solid, consistent, and fast swimming.”
“We not only produced amazing results in the pool, but igniting team spirit, participating in relays, supporting each other in the highs and lows of a meet, and having fun was just as important.”
Ninety-one CBAC swimmers swam a personal best times at the meet.