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New national swimming record for Dyke-Elliott

By Terry Finisterre

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Ethan Dyke Elliott

(SNO) — Saint Lucia’s Canada-based Ethan Dyke Elliott has taken nearly a full second off his previous best time for the 200m freestyle, setting a new age group record, and a new national record in the process.

The young man was competing on Friday (March 1) for Richmond Hill Aquatic Club at the 2019 Spring Ontario Swimming Champs, hosted by the Etobicoke Swim Club at the Etobicoke Olympium.

Dyke-Elliott had previously done a time of 1:57.87 at the Central Region A Championships, which was at the end of January. It’s one of six national records owned by Dyke-Elliott, who represented Saint Lucia at the 2018 CCCAN Games (Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation) Swimming Championships.

At this weekend’s spring meet, the Saint Lucian speedster started off with a silver medal in the 200 free, men’s 17 and over.

Turning in splits of 27.32, 29.52, 29.96, and 30.20, he did a remarkable job to catch up to Riley Loewen of Etobicoke (1:56.34/27.30, 29.34, 30.25, 29.45) only to yield the gold in the last 50m.

In the preliminaries, Loewen swam 1:57.56, and Dyke-Elliott (1:57.95) was third overall, winning Heat 4.

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