November 04, 2015
The Barracuda Swim Club is set to host a major swim meet to open the 2015/2016 swim season this weekend. Sanctioned by the Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF), the 30th Annual Family Guardian/Barracuda Club Meet kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Aquatics Centre, and comes to a close on Saturday. The Saturday session gets underway at 9 a.m.
The meet will provide swimmers with an opportunity to qualify for the Speedo Winter Championships that will be held in Plantation, Florida, from November 19-22. Dion Gibson, president of the Barracuda Swim Club, said that he's glad Family Guardian continues to help build the sport of swimming in The Bahamas and continues to partner with them to host the meet.
"The sport of swimming is stronger than ever in The Bahamas. The Bahamas national swimming team's win at this year's CARIFTA Championships, for the second consecutive time, is evidence of the growth and talent of our swimmers," he said. "We are grateful to Family Guardian, and look forward to this continued relationship for the development of our club and the sport of swimming."
President of the FamGuard Corporation Lyrone Burrows said he understands the importance of developing the sport of swimming locally and expressed his pleasure to be teaming up again with the Barracuda Swim Club. "We are delighted to have developed such a strong partnership with the Barracuda Swim Club," he said. "This yearly collaboration affords us the opportunity to support young, talented swimmers as they grow and develop their skills."
The Barracuda Swim Club successfully defended its title at last year's meet, and a number of their swimmers went on to have strong performances at the 2015 CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Barbados.
At last year's meet, Kevon Lockhart won the 11-12 boys 100 meters (m) backstroke in 1:17.85. N'Nhyn Fernander took the boys 15-and-over 100m backstroke in 1:06.48, Kohen Kerr won the boys 15-and-over boys 100m freestyle in 58.61 seconds, and Andreas Weech finished first in the girls 15-and-over 200m freestyle, in 2:29.86, just to name a few of the performances.
The Barracuda Swim Club is a non-profit, parent-run organization that is dedicated to building the youth of our nation through swimming. The club has developed hundreds of swimmers, and continues to ensure that the sport grows for generations to come as they guide and build young champions who have a passion and determination to be Olympians.
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