Swift Swimming wins fifth straight national title

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June 28, 2015

Swift Swimming Club is now the undisputed top swimming club in the country.

After losing the swimming nationals for a number of years to the Barracuda Swim Club, Swift Swimming reigned supreme five years ago, and has been on top ever since. The club captured its fifth straight national swimming title this past weekend, amassing 1,992.50 points, beating its nearest rival by more than 300 points. Barracuda was second with 1,639 points, the Alpha Aquatics Swim Club was a distant third with 994.50 points, the Freeport Aquatics Club was fourth with 658.50 points, and the Abaco Swim Club rounded out the top five with 543.50 points.

One of Swift’s biggest performers over the years, multi national record holder Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, said that it is always a joy to come home and help her club perform well at the nationals. Hundreds of swimmers took part in the four-day Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)/Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) National Championships, which wrapped up last night at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex.

“Swift is a huge team and it feels good to be a part of that. We come in here every year and do well, so to come away with another national title, is a really good feeling,” she said. “The entire nationals was really great. I was impressed with all of the swimmers who I met this weekend. Everyone is doing really well.”

Vanderpool-Wallace, who won three events at the nationals, will be one of three swimmers representing The Bahamas at the 16th International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) World Championships, set for July 24 to August 9, in Kazan, Russia. This is the first time that Russia will host this event. The other two members of Team Bahamas are Joanna Evans, who qualified in the 200, 400 and 800 meters (m) free events, and Vereance Burrows, who qualified in the 50m fly. Vanderpool-Wallace is expected to swim the 50 and 100m free and the 50m fly events in Russia.

Prior to leaving for Russia, she will be one of the swimmers representing The Bahamas at the 17th Pan American Games from July 10–26, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“I’m really looking forward to both events,” said Vanderpool-Wallace. “Both meets are going to be very intense and I would love to win medals at both. Knowing that The Bahamas doesn’t have any individual medals in swimming at either meet, it would be real awesome to go there and get on the medal podium at both.”

In 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Vanderpool-Wallace made history by becoming the first Bahamian to win an individual medal at the FINA Short Course World Championships, a bronze in the women’s 50m free. However, she is yet to break through at the long course world championships.

“That would be huge, especially going into the Olympics next year,” she said. “Just knowing that I will be there in that environment and able to compete with those girls would be a great feeling. I feel as if I’m right there, being tied for third in the world. It’s a great feeling.”

Vanderpool-Wallace, who trains out of Charlotte, North Carolina, under the watchful eyes of David Marsh at SwimMAC Carolina, is currently tied for third in the world rankings in the 50m free (24.35). She is ranked sixth in the 50m fly (25.93), and is tied for 11th in the 100m free (53.97). She is 37th in the 100m fly (58.87).

In her three events this past weekend, she won the 50m free in 25.10 seconds, took the 50m fly in 26.56 seconds, and claimed the 100m free title in 55.65 seconds.

“Well my coaches just told me to enjoy being home and not worry about the times that much, so I just wanted to get in a couple of good swims and I feel that I was able to do that,” said Vanderpool-Wallace.

Vanderpool-Wallace won three events, but a number of her teammates swam multiple times and earned the bulk of the points for Swift Swimming. Swift Swimming won six of the 10 high points awards.

In the 8-and-under girls division, Logan Roberts of Swift Swimming reigned supreme with 59 points, out-distancing her nearest rivals by 18 points. Diane Maillis, of the Barracuda club, and Passion Daniel, of the Freeport Aquatics Club, finished tied for second, with 41 points each.

In the 8-and-under boys division, Marvin Johnson, of the Blue Marlin Aquatics Club, took home the high point award, with 63 points. Amauri Bonamy, of the Barracuda club, was second, with 46 points, and Tristin Ferguson, of the Dolphin Swim Club, rounded out the top three, with 36 points.

Zaylie-Elizabeth Thompson took home the top spot in the 9-10 girls division, with 86 points. Rachel Lundy and Liya Moncur, both of the Barracuda club, were second and third with 59 and 51 points respectively.

In the 9-10 boys division, Nigel Forbes, of the Freeport Aquatics Club, prevailed with 90 points. Brayden Dam, of the Abaco Swim Club, was second, with 68 points, and Marcus Moncur, of the Alpha Aquatics Swim Club, finished third, with 49 points.

Swift Swimming took home two of the top three spots in the 11-12 girls division, as Katelyn Cabral won with 79 points, and Anya MacPhail was third, with 57 points. Sandwiching the two was Jewel Pinder, of the Abaco Swim Club, with 68 points.

There was a tie for the top spot in the 11-12 boys division, with Kevon Lockhart of the Barracuda Swim Club, and DaVante Carey, of Swift Swimming, both finishing with 79 points. Ian Pinder, of the Barracuda Swim Club, was third, with 71 points.

Lilly Higgs, of Swift Swimming, ran away with the high point award in the 13-14 girls division. She finished with 84 points. The Barracuda’s Sian Longley was second, with 58 points, and Zoe McCarroll, of the Alpha Aquatics Swim Club, finished third, with 48 points.

Swift Swimming swept the top three awards in the 13-14 boys division. Tyler Russell won with 77 points, Darren Laing was second with 71 points, and Joshua Roberts finished third, with 65.50 points.

Swift Swimming also took the top two spots in the 15-and-over girls division. Margaret Albury Higgs won with 75 points, and Joanna Evans was second with 74 points. Ariel Weech, of the Alpha Aquatics Swim Club, was third, with 57 points.

Finally, in the 15-and-over boys division, Alec Sands, of Swift Swimming, won the high point award with 52 points. The Barracuda Swim Club was second and third with N’Nhyn Fernander scoring 50 points, and Kohen Kerr totaling 46 points.

Over the four days of swimming, numerous age group national records and open national records were broken. Also, a number of swimmers qualified for the Pan Am Games this summer. The names of the team members on that team is expected to be released on Tuesday.

BSF President Algernon Cargill said that it was one of the most competitive national swimming championships that they ever had.

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News date : 06/28/2015    Category : Press Releases, Sports, Nassau Guardian Stories

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