Saint Lucia’s team for the 24th Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Swimming Championships has been named by the Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association (SLASA).
The 34-member team gets into action 7-9 November at Saint Lucia’s Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre and Pigeon Island Beach. For the first time an Open Water Swim has been added to the OECS programme, and will feature a 5km swim for athletes aged 14 years and over.
Team Saint Lucia is once again led by Jordan Augier, a University of Tampa student who is currently preparing to participate in the Central American and Caribbean Games, also next month in Veracruz, Mexico. Augier is the only OECS swimmer to have made the qualifying time for the CAC Games. Last year, he dominated the 18 & Over division at OECS, just the second swimmer ever with a perfect score at that meet, setting three National Records.
Jordan, a member of the dominant Sharks club here in Saint Lucia, also set two of the 12 Saint Lucia age group records recorded at last year’s meet, in addition to his National Records. Ethan Dyke Elliott of Seajays set four; club teammate and rival Terell Monplaisir added one. Those two will be among the ones to look out for the 11-12 Boys category. Ziv Reynolds (Lightning Aquatics) leads the 9-10 Boys, and Jenna-Lee Campbell is not on the team.
The majority of the Saint Lucia team comprises athletes from Sharks, who make up nearly half of the 34. Racers has six swimmers on the squad, whilst Seajays and Lightning have four each. The other swimmers are from Southern Flying Fish, Sports Academy and Cobra Adventures. The team held their first training session last Sunday, under the guidance of Head Coach, Brian Charles, Assistant Coach Dr. Diane Simkins-Worrell, Assistant Coach Roosevelt Romain, and Team Manager, Brender Portland-Reynolds.
Last November, Grenada won their 11th OECS title at Rodney Heights. Saint Lucia remains ahead with 12 titles, and according to a release from SLASA, “coaches and officials are confident that the trophy will remain on Saint Lucian soil.” Participating teams in the OECS Swimming Championships include Antigua-Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Saint Lucia.
The Saint Lucia National team consists of:
8 & Under Girls – Naima Hazell (Lightning Aquatics) and Jorja Mederick (Racers)
8 & Under Boys – D’Andre Blanchard (Lightning), Therron Herrelle (Racers), Antoine Destang (Sharks)
9 to 10 Girls – Shalini Joseph (Racers), Maya Hilaire (Sharks), Mikaili Charlemagne (Lightning), Natalya Guillaume (Sharks)
9 to 10 Boys – Ziv Reynolds (Lightning), Allandre Cross (Racers)
11 to 12 Girls – Eden Crick, Katelin Samuel, Katie Kyle (all three Sharks)
11 to 12 Boys – Terell Monplaisir, Ethan Dyke-Elliot, Jayhan Odlum-Smith (all three Seajays)
13 to 14 Girls – Mikaela Casimir, Abbie Pultie, Zanaii Taylor (all three Sharks)
13 to 14 Boys – Jyasi Daniel (Sharks), Christopher Phillips (Sharks), Omar Alexander (Racers)
15 to 17 Girls – Laura Bruce (Sharks), Thalia Bergasse (Seajays)
15 to 17 Boys – Mark Emanus (Southern Flying Fish), Stefon Emmanuel (Southern Flying Fish), Jonathan McLennon (Racers)
18 & Over Female – Vanessa Eugene (Cobra Adventures), Clare Tenger (Sharks), Shernice Popo (Sports Academy)
18 & Over Male – Jordan Augier, Jonathan Calderon, Michael Louis Fernand (all Sharks)