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Saint Lucia’s Destang, Jeffrey break records at Barbados swim champs

By Terry Finisterre

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Antoine Destang

(SNO) — Despite swimming with no competition in a time trial format, Antoine Destang continued to rewrite the record books during his participation in the 2019 Barbados National Championships.

The Sharks swimmer set a clutch of national records, including the 400m individual medley (6:05.19, first time recorded in 9-10 boys), the 200m butterfly (2:55.56, previous record Josh Adjodha 2003, 3:20.21), 100m backstroke (1:16.71, previous Ethan Dyke Elliot 2013, 1:21.87), 200m backstroke (2:50.71, previous Josh Adjodha 2006, 3:01.62).

Destang’s superlative showing was built on a strong 2018, where he competed and set a number of age group records at home and abroad, including swim meets in the United States and the wider Caribbean.

Meanwhile, Fayth Jeffrey already owns half of Saint Lucia’s 8-and-under individual age group records, but the Ursuline Convent-St Angela’s (Barbados) student has already begun making inroads in the 9-10 division.

Fayth Jeffrey

Jeffrey set a new 100m breaststroke record in winning that event, swimming for Pirates. A former student of Tapion Secondary and Laborie Girls Primary in Saint Lucia, Jeffrey swam the 100m in 1:36.89.

She was also second in the 100m butterfly (1:32.31), third in the 200m individual medley (3:08.71), the 50m breaststroke (45.22), and the 100m backstroke (1:36.28).

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