For the second year in a row, Guyana’s young female swimming sensation Amy Grant
has taken gold in the 1500m freestyle, this time swimming in the Girls 15 & Over category at the recently concluded Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad & Tobago (ASATT) Invitational Swim Meet hosted by the Marlins Swim Club at The Aquatic Center, December 14-17.
The competition was also a FINA sanctioned qualifier for the 2018 Commonwealth Championship as well as the 2018 FINA Youth Olympics. This year saw ten swimmers swimming in a heat instead of the usual eight swimmers.
In the 1500m freestyle, Grant took 40 seconds off her entry time to do a new Personal Best (PB). Grant also did another PB in the 800m freestyle and achieved a seventh place ribbon. According to information, it is challenging to get into the 1500m and 800m freestyle events because it is only the top sixteen entry times received by the host of the competition that form the two heats for a maximum of 16 swimmers in both events.
In the 1500m and 800m freestyle events the top 16 swimmers can be either male or female as long as the swimmer is in the top 16 times entered. If a swimmer enters the events with the qualifying times but fails to achieve the stipulated qualifying times then that swimmer has to pay a monetary penalty fee before he or she is allowed to swim in any other events for the competition or other competitions hosted by Trinidad and Tobago.
Grant placed 9th out of 21 swimmers in the 100m freestyle while doing another PB on the evening of the 15th. Later that evening Grant swam in the 50m butterfly in the fastest heat and just missed out on the bronze medal by 500th of a second and the gold by 84 hundredth of a second; placing 4th of 17 swimmers.
Grant eclipsed her 50m Long Course National Butterfly record of 31.66 to post a new time of 31.35 in the Girls 15-17 age group.
On the final day of the competition, Grant placed 10th out of a total of 25 swimmers in the 50m freestyle event. Twenty year old Dorien Butter Flying Fish Swim club won the gold. Amy Grant said that she wishes to express thanks to her uncle, Eddy Grant for his belief in her performance as well as his sponsorship whilst noting that despite competing against much older swimmers, the experience gained is invaluable.
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