Monday, February 1st, 2010
Last weekend swimming fans in Barbados and across the Caribbean, witness some fantastic swims by Grenfin Swimmers at the Barbados Long Course Nationals, they set new personal best times within the medal contingent.
The eleven plus swimmers were competing to set better times for the CARIFTA games which will be taking place in Jamaica from the 1st -7th April 2010 and to qualify for CISC (Caribbean Island Swimming Championship) in Cuba June 2010. They all made the times.
Swimmers competing were Ore`oluwa Cherebin 11-12 years , Corey Ollivierre 11-12 years , Andrew Hopkin 13-14 years, Ayesha Noel 15-17 years, Richard Regis 15-17 years and Esau Simpson 18-24 years.
CARIFTA games qualifiers, Ore`oluwa, Corey and Andrew made an open showing with their strong and outstanding performance in all the breaststroke events for which they were there for.
Ore`oluwa won gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver the 100m breaststroke, with a new personal best time and swam a CARIFTA qualifying time while winning silver in the 200m breaststroke with an amazing 12 second time drop.
Corey dominated the 11-12 male breaststroke events with gold medals in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke with new best times.
Andrew battled hard and was victorious in the 13-14 age group and won silver in 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke events with new personal best times in all of them.
Ayesha Noel (Grenada’s female sports woman of the year) won Gold in the 800m freestyle and bronze in the 200m freestyle.
Richard Regis just coming out of the wood works, will be a force to recon with gave it his best.
Esau Simpson swam his heart out, won silver in both the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle and has started to get back to his National record-breaking fitness from OECS and Rome.
Katie Lillie 8 and under female took part in this Meet. Katie Lillie was fantastic as she won gold in the 50m butterfly, silver in the 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle, bronze in the 200m IM and 50m freestyle, all achieved with new personal best times.
Many thanks to the Olympic committee for assisting some of these swimmers on Olympic program to participate in the meet.
Congratulations to the swimmers for doing an excellent job and making us proud.