On Saturday 11 July, Sea Jays Swim Club hosted the inaugural Karen Beaubrun Swim Championships at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre.
Organised in honour of “Coach Auntie Karen” who coached Sea Jays for over 10 years and passed away in 2011, this meet saw participation of over 80 swimmers .
Top club points went to Lightning Aquatics, followed closely by Sea Jays. Sharks Swim Club placed third, followed by Racers, Southern Flying Fish and then the Sports Academy Swim Team.
Many of the top swimmers who have recently starred at the CARIFTA and CCCAN Swim Championships were on display, demonstrating how Saint Lucia was able to return with so many medals.
Lightning topped the youngest divisions. Zoe Bernard and Karissa Ramkhelawan were first and second in the eight-and-under girls.
Karic Charles shared the lead in the corresponding boys division. And Naima Hazell won the 9-10 girls. Competing unattached, D’Andre Blanchard was the 9-10 boys champion.
In the 11-12 girls, CARIFTA medallist and CCCAN champion Katie Kyle held off Mikaili Charlemagne and Shalini Joseph for the title. Katie is a member of Sharks.
Sea Jays Terell Momplaisir and Jamarr Archibald were the top two boys in the 11-12 class, showing off their regional experience.
Sea Jays also won the 13-14 girls and boys. Abigail and Veronica Brown were first and second in the former, whilst Devin Boodha won the latter.
Thalia Bergasse took the 15-17 girls, Johnathan McLennon the 15-17 boys, and Claire Tenger was the top swimmer in the 18 and over girls.