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10 for Saint Lucia to CARIFTA swimming

By Terry Finisterre, Sports Correspondent

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Team Saint Lucia: Emanus, Odlum-Smith, Bergasse, Daniel, Archibald, Coach Charles, Monplaisir, Kyle, Crick, Phillips, Dyke-Elliott.

The Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association is sending 10 athletes to the XXX CARIFTA Swimming Championships, 4-7 April in Barbados. The team is the same size as last year, but with some new faces.

The CARIFTA Swimming Championships, similarly to the CARIFTA Games in track and field, are an annual, age-group aquatics championships for the Caribbean.

The event is held under the auspices of CANOC, the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees.

The Saint Lucia team includes three girls and seven boys. Two of the athletes are expected to make their debuts at this level, and at least one is returning after missing out for Aruba 2014.

Katie Kyle is set for her CARIFTA debut in the 11-12 division. She joins returning campaigners Eden Crick, up a division to the 13-14 age group, and Female Swimmer Of The Year Thalia Bergasse competing once again in the 15-17 category. Thalia holds Saint Lucia’s 200m Backstroke record for her age group.

In the 11-12 boys, Jamaar Archibald is the only newcomer to an experienced group, comprising Junior Male Swimmer Of The Year, Terrell Monplaisir, along with Ethan Dyke-Elliott and Jayhan Odlum-Smith. The latter three are all returning to the CARIFTA level.

Jyasi Daniel leads the 15-17 boys again, alongside fellow returnee Christopher Phillips, both moving up a division. Mark Emanus, who did not make the team last yer, was a member the year prior.

At the CARIFTA Swimming Championships 2014, Terrell Monplaisir broke four age-group records in the Breaststroke and Individual Medley, and Christopher Phillips broke one in the 13-14 200m Backstroke.

The most notable absentee from the 2014 team is Anthony Francois, a six-year national swimmer and volleyballer who took ill in late 2014 and has not been able to return to school or training. Also missing is multiple age group record holder Katelin Samuels.

The head coach for Team Saint Lucia is Brian Charles, and the team manager is Jackie Andrew.  Hilroy Emanus, a FINA listed official, will be travelling with the team and acting in capacity of International Official during the event.

Team members continue to train with their respective clubs, while also participating in regular team training. The final team training session before departure to Barbados is scheduled for Saturday 28 March, at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre.

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