(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation Executive and Members intently monitored the performance of five Saint Lucian swimmers as they represented our country in Lima, Peru for the UANA Swimming Cup.
Swimmers from North, Central, and South America as well as the Caribbean Islands competed in the age groups 11-12, 13-14, and 15-17 in a variety of distance and stroke events.
The St Lucia delegation comprised of Tristan Dorville (SeaJays 11-12), Antoine Destang (Sharks 11-12), Karic Charles (LA 11-12), Ethan Hazell (LA 11-12) and Naima Hazell (LA 13-14).
Although the group was small, they gave greatness throughout the meet. As our theme goes for 2020, they Dug Deep with big dreams. Overall, the team walked away with 6 Gold medals, 7 Silver medals, and 1 Bronze medal. They ranked 5th out of 25 countries in the medal count. Their strong performance lead them to place 8th in Team Points finishing with a combined total of 157. They ranked second in overall points for Caribbean countries.
Individually, the swimmers had stellar performances. Naima Hazell, the lone female on the team, achieved Silver in the 50M Breaststroke setting a 13-14 girls Age Group Record.
Ethan Hazell shaved seconds off almost every swim he had, setting personal bests in all his events. His grandest performance was most definitely the 50M Freestyle. He went in seeded at 25 and swam to a 4th place finish!
Karic Charles accomplished two Silver medals achieving four personal best times in his swims. His medal performances were stoic.
Tristan Dorville had an explosive performance in all of his events. He achieved two golds, two silvers, and one bronze medal accomplishing personal bests in all 6 individual events. Tristan set two UANA Cup event records in the 200IM as well as the 50M Freestyle. He further set 11-12 Boys Age Group records in 200IM, 50M Freestyle, 200M Freestyle, and 100M Freestyle. He finished 2nd overall with 41 individual points for the 11-12 age group.
Antoine Destang achieved two Golds and two Silvers setting one UANA Cup Event record in the 50M Fly. He further set four Age Group records for Boys 11-12 in 100M Fly, 100M Back, 50M Back, and 50M Fly. He was the 11-12 boys High Points Winners with a total of 43 points.
Overall, the 11-12 Boys crushed their competition in both the 200M Medley Relay as well as the 200M Freestyle Relay. They achieved UANA Cup event records in both events. At the end of the meet, Saint Lucia was awarded the trophy for the Age Group 11-12 Boys achieving the most the points overall in the age group throughout the meet.
The Saint Lucia delegation lead by coach Peter James and assisted by Team Manager Martin Dorville had dazzling performances each day of the 3 day competition. The SLAF Executive and Members are all proud of each swimmer and their tenacity to achieve more on each swim. We would like to thank all those who contributed and supported the team.
All are invited to welcome the team on their return to St. Lucia at the George Charles Airport February 25th, 7:30am.