March 07, 2016
A YOUNG swimmer competes in the Sea Waves Aquatic Swim Meet at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex over the weekend. Photo by Shawn Hanna/Tribune staff
The Sea Waves Aquatics Team held its annual spring swim meet this past weekend at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex, and for the second year in a row, the Barracuda Swim Club won the meet.
Barracuda placed first with a grand total of 1,786 points; Team Orca was a distant second with 291 points; Swift Swimming finished third with 282 points; Sea Waves Aquatics was fourth with 151 points; Alpha Aquatics finished fifth with 104 points; and the Mantas Water Polo Club was sixth with 21 points.
"The weather was good the entire weekend so the meet went on without a hitch," said Sea Waves Aquatics Founder Shirley Mireault. "We had kids as young as five participate and I was pleased with the way the kids performed. I was expecting a little bit more athletes to participate, but the officials that were out worked with us and set the races a few minutes apart to help those athletes who swam in multiple events."
Anjaleah Knowles won the eight-and-under girls' high point trophy. Caden Wells took home the eight-and-under boys' title, Devin Cuffy won the nine to 10 girls' division, Hodari Prince won the nine to 10 boys' division, Salene Gibson and Hugh Bartlett were the 11-12 girls' and boys' champions respectively; and Sian Longley and Tenajh Gaitor took the 15-and-over girls' and boys' titles.
In some of the more notable performances, Jayden Curtis from Team ORCA won the 11-12 boys' 800 meters (m) freestyle in 12:25.17, Anjaleah Knowles from the Sea Waves took the eight-and-under girls' 50m backstroke in 51.37 seconds, Paul Bevans won the 15-and-over boys' 200m butterfly in 2:53.70, and Grace Farrington from the Barracuda Swim Club took the nine to 10 girls' 200m freestyle in 3:01.27.
Also, Jazmine Trotman from Swift Swimming won the 13-14 girls' 200m freestyle in 2:23.96, Keitra Lloyd won the 15-and-over girls' 400m freestyle in 1:15.91, and Katherine Slatter from Barracuda won the 13-14 girls' 200m breaststroke in 3:14.93.
The Barracuda Swim Club will host the final meet before the 2016 CARIFTA Swimming Championships this weekend at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Complex. As usual, the meet kicks off on Friday starting at 6 p.m. and Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
The CARIFTA Swimming Championships is set for March 22-26 in Fort-de France, Martinique. The Bahamas will look to win a third consecutive title at the regional meet. Following that, a 40-member team will be selected to represent the country at the 2016 Goodwill Swim Meet, August 12-14 in St. Lucia.
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