Saint Lucia has ended one of its most successful outings at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships, ending the 30th edition in Barbados with seven medals, including three on Tuesday, the final night of competition.
Earlier in the meet, Saint Lucia had copped silver in the 11-12 girls and bronze in the 50m butterfly. They also had bronze medals in the 11-12 boys 400m medley relay and the 400m freestyle relay. Additionally, Terell Monplaisir took bronze in the 50m breastrstroke.
Young Terell, Saint Lucia’s Junior Swimmer of the Year, also took silver on Tuesday night in the 100m breaststroke, stopping the clock at 1:17.26 in the final. He was just over two seconds off the gold medal, and his time is actually faster than the 13-14 age-group record.
In the preliminaries, the St Mary’s College second-former had already taken a whopping four and a half seconds off the national age-group record he set at CARIFTA XXIX. He was just fourth in qualifying, but turned it up a few notches to take his fourth medal of the meet.
But Terell wasn’t done, swooping for bronze in the 200m backstroke. He was well short of the age-group national record of 2:30.95, but his 3:34.97 was good enough to get him on the medal rostrum nonetheless.
Terell ended the meet by combining with Seajays teammates Jamar Archibald, Jayhan Odlum Smith and Ethan ‘Speedy’ Dyke Elliot to grab their third medal of the meet, bronze in the 200m freestyle relay.
Third behind Guadeloupe and the Bahamas, Saint Lucia’s quartet swam 1:59.17 to end the meet in style.
This was one of the biggest medal totals for Saint Lucia. The national team got nine medals in 2006, including four gold medals for Christian Wayne, three additional silver and two more bronze medals.