Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Last week a team of 5 Grenada swimmers flew to Aruba for the CARIFTA Championships. With 15 countries participating Grenada had the second smallest team, but they made Grenada proud.
Top results went to 13-14 age group Nicholas Coard. Training with FLA in Miami he captured Grenadas two medals, silver in the 50m backstroke with a National record of 29.58 and bronze in the 100m backstroke with a National record of 1.03.76. He also placed in 5 other finals with 5th in 200m backstroke, record 2.23.03, 6th in 1500m freestyle , record 18.02.01, 7th in 100m freestyle and 8th in 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle.
For the girls top results went to 13-14 age group Ayesha Noel. She placed in finals for all her 7 events. 5th in 800m freestyle, 6th in 200m and 400m freestyle , 7th in 200 I.M. and 200m backstroke in which she set a new National record and Panamerican qualifying time of 2.35.72, plus 8th in 400 I.M. and a second national record of 5.39.89.
First time swimmer at CARIFTA Corey Ollivierre in 11-12 age group qualified for 2 finals with 7th in 50m breastroke and 8th in 100m breastroke. Kendra Moore in 11-12 age group and Locksley Williams in 15-17 age group produced personal best times in their 5 events.
Coach Nataly Regis felt the children had all produced personal best times with significant improvements. Grenada finished 12th with 43 points ahead of OECS rivals St. Lucia on 17 points. Trinidad were victorious with Bahams 2nd and Guadeloupe 3rd.
GASA would like to thank all their sponsors for their support, the dedicated parents and the swimmers themselves for a very professional job well done.