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REPORT: 15th Annual RHAC International Invitational was a success

Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association

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PRESS RELEASE – The 15th Annual Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre International Invitational Swim Meet came to a successful conclusion on Sunday afternoon.

The meet, which began on Thursday evening, April 10, held some stiff competition for those clubs who travelled from the Caribbean region to Saint Lucia to set the stage for some intense heats in all age groups.

All the clubs representing included:

Alpha Sharks Swim Club – Barbados
Black Sands Swim Squad – St. Vincent
Blue Marlins Swim Club – St. Vincent
Grenfin Swim Club – Grenada
Heatwave Swim Club – Barbados
High Tide Swim Club – Barbados
Marlins Swim Club – Trinidad
Pirates Swim Club – Barbados
Torpedoes Competitive Swim Club – Grenada

Racers Swim Club – St. Lucia
Sharks Swim Club – St. Lucia
SJ’s Swim Club – St. Lucia
Cobra Adventures – St. Lucia
Lightening Aquatics -St. Lucia
Southern Flying Fish – St. Lucia.

The Marlins

The final team scores were:

Girls Team Scores
1 Grenfin Swim Club Grenada 541. 50
2 Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia 503
3 Marlins Swim Club 348

Boys Team Scores
1 Black Sands Swim Squad 531
2 Marlins Swim Club 446
3 Racers Swim Club 347

Combined Team Scores
1 Grenfin Swim Club Grenada 812. 50
2 Marlins Swim Club 794
3 Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia 747

The Sharks

The final high point swimmer standings were:

6 & Under Girls
1 Neckles, Shelby with 76 Points of Grenfin Swim Club, Grenada
2nd Place Deane, Kenyah 60 of Heat Wave Aquatics, Barbados
3rd Place Stiede, Jasmine 34 Unattached, St. Lucia

6 & Under Boys
1st Place Anthony, Zachary Marlins Swim Club of Trinidad with 90 Points
2nd Place. Destang, Antoine of Sharks Swim Club St. Lucia who tied with Ethan Hazell of Lighting Aquatic with 48 Points

7 – 8 Girls
1 Anthony, Zoe Marlins Swim Club 97
2 Deane, Adia Heat Wave Aqutics 65
3 Hyson, Gabrielle TorpedoesCompetitive Swim Club 53

7 – 8 Boys
1 Blanchard, D’Andre Lightning Aquatics Swim Club 85
2 Blackman, Nikoli Marlins Swim Club 81
3 Phipps, Akil H Marlins Swim Club 72

9 – 10 Girls
1 Gillette, Victoria Marlins Swim Club 95
tied with Ince, Kimberly Grenfin Swim Club Grenada 95
3 Hilaire, Maya Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia 74

9 – 10 Boys
1 Clarke, McCallum Alpha Sharks Swim Club 104
2 Joachim, Alex S Black Sands Swim Squad 90
3 Hyson, Jaydon TorpedoesCompetitive Swim Club 76

11 – 12 Girls
1 Crick, Eden Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia 97
2 Weekes, Zakiya Alpha Sharks Swim Club 65
3 Renee-Toney, Raven Marlins Swim Club 61
tied with 3 Samuel, Katelin Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia 61

11 – 12 Boys
1 Cadogan, Shane Black Sands Swim Squad 111
2 Dyke-Elliott, Ethan Sea Jays Swim Club 90
3 Sylvester, Justin Black Sands Swim Squad 63

13 – 14 Girls
1 Joachim, Shne S 13 Black Sands Swim Squad 104
2 Benjamin, Mia 14 Grenfin Swim Club Grenada 92
3 Paparo, Gabrielle 14 Grenfin Swim Club Grenada 56

13 – 14 Boys
1 Sylvester, Nikolas Black Sands Swim Squad 127
2 Daniel, Jyasi Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia 66
3 Phillips, Christopher Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia 64

15 & Over Girls
1 Bergasse, Thalia Sea Jays Swim Club 72
2 Bruce, Laura Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia 70
3 Eugene, Vanessa Cobra Adventures Swim Club 50

15 & Over Boys
1 Francois, Anthony Unattached 68
2 Worrell, Bradford Racers Swim Club 63
3 McLennon, Jonathon Racers Swim Club 60

The National Records were:

Female 1500 Free      19:45.96     Thalia Bergasse
Female 100 Back         1:09.85     Thalia Bergasse
Male 800 Free             10:21.92     Mark Emanus
Male 200 Breast           2:35.01   Bradford Worrell

A Sprint Challenge was held on the last session. Swimmers taking part were the top eight swimmers in the 50 free event on Friday morning, in the 10 and Under Boys and Girls, and 11 and Over Male and Female categories. The swimmers swam a 50 freestyle event and the top four swimmers advanced to a second swim of 25 metre where the top swimmer was awarded a trophy in each category.

The winners were:

Girls 10 & Under 25 SC Meter Freestyle Sprint Challenge

1 Gillette, Victoria Marlins Swim Club NT 15.35*
2 Ince, Kimberly Grenfin Swim Club Grenada NT 15.87
3 Hilaire, Maya Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia NT 15.90
4 Anthony, Zoe Marlins Swim Club NT 16.57

Boys 10 & Under 25 SC Meter Freestyle Sprint Challenge

1 Clarke, McCallum Alpha Sharks Swim Club NT 14.75*
2 Joachim, Alex S Black Sands Swim Squad NT 15.05
3 Hyson, Jaydon TorpedoesCompetitive Swim Club NT 15.31
4 Blanchard, D’Andre Lightning Aquatics Swim Club NT 16.03

Girls 11 & Over 25 SC Meter Freestyle Sprint Challenge

1 Joachim, Shne S Black Sands Swim Squad NT 13.15*
2 Bruce, Laura Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia NT 13.98
3 Samuel, Katelin Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia NT 14.21
4 Benjamin, Mia Grenfin Swim Club Grenada NT 14.55

Boys 11 & Over 25 SC Meter Freestyle Sprint Challenge

1 Francois, Anthony Unattached NT 11.99*
2 Sylvester, Nikolas Black Sands Swim Squad NT 12.01
3 Hopkin, Andrew Grenfin Swim Club Grenada NT 12.10
4 Daniel, Jyasi Sharks Swim Club, St. Lucia NT 12.18

Bradford Worrell, 15 & Over; Thalia Bergasse, 15 & Over; and Eden Crick 11 – 12, gave up their spots in the challenge to give other swimmers an opportunity to compete. This was the first time the challenge was held at this meet and it added much excitement to the closing day.

The meet was well received by the visiting clubs from neighbouring islands who expressed their sincere desire to bring more swimmers to St. Lucia next year.

The meet director, Dr. Diane Worrell, was very pleased with the smooth running of the competition. The meet referee was Kathleen Beckles of Barbados. Beckles has been the referee for the past three years and plans to return next year.

Many new officials were on the deck to ensure the smooth running of the meet. Most of these officials were trained in the Officials Clinic the previous weekend held by SLASA/FINA here in St. Lucia.

Dr. Worrell stated: “This meet has been the stepping stone for many regional swimmers who have moved on to Carifta and higher level meets. Many clubs use this meet to develop their swimmers and is most often the first travel meet for the younger swimmers. The meet has also become more and more competitive and the new records set are a testament to this.”

Minister of Youth and Sports Shaun Edward and Minister of Commerce and Representative from Gros Islet Emma Hippolyte, paid a visit to the meet during the Sunday Session. Both expressed their satisfaction with the success of the meet and the number of visitors to the island.

The sponsors for the event were: Duboulays Bottling Company, Cox and Company Limited, J. E. Bergasse and Company Ltd, Bay Gardens Hotel and Windward and Leeward Brewery.

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