January 17, 2014
Once again Gunite Pools is sponsoring the Swift Invitational this weekend which promises to produce some good races as swimmers strive for national and CARIFTA qualifying standards, and try to win high point awards. The meet will get underway this evening at 6 o'clock at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex, and will continue tomorrow at 9 a.m. Tomorrow's evening session will get underway at 5 o'clock.
Instead of the traditional trophies, the high point awards will be a book of Starbucks coupons for first place, a gift card from Logos Bookstore for second place, and Wendy's coupons for third place. The majority of the swim clubs are participating, with Swift Swimming and the Barracuda Swim Club both entering 62 swimmers.
The swim meet this weekend offers many swimmers the opportunity to compete in their new age groups. The Swift format proved to be very popular last year with the stands filled with spectators for the Saturday evening session, as swimmers returned to compete in the finals after swimming through the heats in sessions one and two.
The meet offers swimmers an opportunity to choose from every event offered in their age group with the 200, 400, 800, and 1,500 events being timed final events, and the 50 and 100 events being heats and finals. Swimmers will try to make the qualifying standards for the summer meets over the next few months. Those summer international meets include the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC), the Youth Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, and of course the CARIFTA Swimming Championships.
Swift Swimming Club encourages the general public to bring the family out and enjoy a day of wholesome competition.
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