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PRESS RELEASE – The 16th annual Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre Invitational Swim Meet was concluded over the weekend.
Over 300 swimmers representing nearly 20 clubs from Saint Lucia, Barbados, Antigua-Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the USA and Grenada converged at the Grios Islet facility for four days of intense competition, from Thursday to Sunday.
The meet, coming days after the CARIFTA Swimming Championships, included a number of champions from the Barbados meet. It also included Katie Kyle from Sharks and the quartet of 11-12 swimmers from Sea Jays who collected seven medals for Saint Lucia at the regional championships.
Kyle won the 11-12 girls division with 68 points, just beating out teammate Maya Hilaire, three points back. Mikaili Charlemage of Lightning Aquatics, Gabriella Gittens from Antigua-Barbuda’s Wadadli Aquatics and Shalini Joseph repping the Sports Academy tied for third in what was probably the most competitive category.
Running away with the 11-12 boys was CARIFTA champion Nkosi Dunwoody, who compiled 90 points. Nkosi, a member of Alpha Sharks in Barbados, captured seven gold medals at CARIFTA Swimming.
Trailing Dunwoody were multiple CARIFT medallist Terell Monplaisir of Sea Jays, Jordon McMillan of TTO’s Blue Dolphins, Ethan Dyke-Elliott of Sea Jays, Alex Joachim of SVG’s Black Sands, and Jamar Archibald of Sea Jays.
The Sea Jays boys, including Jayhan Odlum-Smith, were victorious in the 9-12 200m medley relay as well as the 200m freestyle relay, finishing ahead of Marlins out of TTO on both occasions.
Other top scorers included Nikolas Sylvester of Black Sands in the 13-14 boys, Nkosi’s little sister, Aza, in the 9-10 girls, and Antoine Destang of Sharks in the six-and-under boys, all of whom garnered 90 points.
Overall, Sharks emerged victorious with 888 points, collecting 37 gold medals, 21 silver and 22 bronze. The trophy stays in Saint Lucia after defending champions Grenfin Swim Club out of Grenada got 692 points, and Lightning Aquatics were third with 631.