(PRESS RELEASE) – With only 24 of its 40 registered swimmers, the Lightning Aquatics (L.A.) Swim Club copped the second place trophy at the end of the Lucian Grand Prix Swim Competition organized by the Rodney Heights Aquatic Center from December 6-8, 2019. The Club amassed 723 points, while Sea Jays Swim Club placed first with 1,076 and third place went to Sharks Swim Club with 537.
According to L.A’s Coach Peter James, “I congratulate all L.A. swimmers for swimming their hearts out last weekend. The majority of swimmers achieved Personal Best Times, to mention a few, our junior swimmers – Alexander Bristol, Aaron Charles and Amara Reece; our senior swimmers – Karic Charles and Courtney Paul had an exceptional meet. The club placed 2nd and that says a lot because we have been placing 3rd for some time, so that shows the hard work that was put in. This meet also gave swimmers that never competed in bigger meets like CARIFTA and CCCAN an opportunity to swim in the preliminaries in the morning and return to swim finals in the afternoon with the hopes of swimming a faster time in the later session.” Coach Peter also encouraged the swimmers to continue training hard and attending practice and that while the Coaches will do their best to guide and prepare them, ultimately they are in control of their swims and times.
All seven of L.A.’s swimmers who represented Saint Lucia at the recent OECS Swim Championship in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were called to the podium having placed in the top three of their respective age groups. Namely, Aaron Charles – 3rd place – 7 to 8 boys; Alexander Bristol – 1st place – 9 to 10 girls; Karic Charles – 2nd place and Ethan Hazell 3rd place – 11 to 12 boys and Naima Hazell – 1st place, Naekeisha Louis – 2nd place and Courtney Paul – 3rd place – 13 to 14 girls. The Club also gave a dazzling performance in the relay events snatching gold medals in the 11 to 14 girls 200 meter medley relay and silver in the 11 to 14 boys 200 meter medley relay; bronze in the 10 and under girls 200 meter freestyle relay; silver in the 10 and under boys 200 meter freestyle relay; gold in the 11 to 14 girls 200 meter freestyle relay and silver in the 11 to 14 boys 200 meter freestyle relay.
Club Present Tessa Charles Louis said, “We are proud of all our swimmers who participated in the Lucian Grand Prix. Quite a few of them also worked extremely hard to make it to the top 8 at the end of the three day meet; namely Amara Reece – 5th place – girls 7 to 8; Daniel Ambler – 7th place- boys 7 to 8; in the 9 to 10 boys Jahson Felix placed 4th and Sebastian Ambler placed 5th; Liam Emmanuel placed 7th in the boys 11 to 12 age group; Simone Walters placed 7th in the girls 13 to 14; Gelanie Augier placed 8th in the boys 13 to 14 and Diandre Edwin place 7th in the 15 and over boys. ”
Next on L.A.’s calendar was a timely visit to the Cornerstone Home on Saturday, December 14th, where our members shared a hearty meal, as well as some Christmas cheer with the residents at the Home. This initiative was geared towards instilling a greater sense of community spirit amongst our swimmers and parents by giving back to those in need.
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