Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
On 25th June, 2010 seven swimmers, coach , manager and supporters travelled to Cuba for the CISC swimming Championships. The team was met at the air port by Grenada’s Ambassador to Cuba, Mr. Raphael Joseph who welcomed the swimmers to Cuba, he also organized a tour for them while they were there.
They soon settled in with two training sessions in the National pool before competition started on 28th June.
The Meet was quite exciting, especially when Oreoluwa Cherebin girls 11-12, just from riding high, after her Carifta gold medal in which she did 38.25in 50m breaststroke, lived up to expectations; securing a fantastic gold in the 50m breaststroke from Cuba, with Surinam taking bronze. It was nail biting finish with personal best times for her of 37.42. She followed this up with another brilliant swim, coming from third place to second with silver in the 100m breaststroke, a personal best time of 1:23.65. Oreoluwa then secured a 5th place with another personal best in 200m breaststroke with 3:07 in the finals.
Grenada Ambassador to Cuba Mr. Raphael Joseph was there that night, was delighted to present Oreoluwa with her gold medal to the rousing National anthem.
Also in the 11-12 age group, Corey Ollivierre performed fantastically in the breaststroke events, securing 5th in the 50m breaststroke and 6th in the 200m breaststroke. In all he made personal best times and swam very hard making his team proud.
Andrew Hopkin in his first CISC produced season bests in two of his breaststroke events.
For the seniors Ayesha Noel in 15- 17 girls, back in training after CXC managed to qualify for five finals placing 6th in 400m I.M, 7th in 200m I.M., 800m and 400m freestyle and 8th in 200m backstroke. Esau Simpson in 18 & over also placed in three finals with 7th in 200m I.M, 5th in 200m freestyle and 8th in 50m backstroke.
For the first time open water swimming was included in the CISC Championships. Grenada sent two swimmers. In rough seas. Senior Chris Regis took a bronze medal, his first International medal and Junior Khalil John placed 7th They did Grenada proud.
Coach Nataly Regis was delighted by the swimmers performances and the team thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Cuba. GASA would like to congratulate the swimmers and thank all their sponsors and the parents who made the trip possible.
Monday, July 5th, 2010
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