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The Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association had the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre abuzz with excitement as the 2014 Long Axis Swim Meet came off on Sunday, January 26.
Run over three hours from 1:30pm, the meet – confined to the backstroke and freestyle – was contested in front of stands filled with parents and supporters encouraging the swimmers in the first meet of the calendar year.
The developmental meet was a showcase for over 175 club swimmers and national selectees to flash their talent.
Ethan Dyke Elliott of Sea Jays Swim Club, probably became the youngest swimmer to establish a national record, when he set the new national standard of 10:39.25 in the 800m free. It was an incredible performance by the 11-year-old St Mary’s College student, and he continues his record-breaking trek.
Obviously, Ethan’s latest mark is also an age-group record. Two other swimmers also set national age group records, those being Jorja Mederick (Racers) with 7:30.09 in the girls’ 8 & under 400m freestyle, and Vanessa Eugene (Cobras) stopping the clock at 14:47.67 in the women’s 18 & over 800m freestyle.