By Zaheer Mohamed
District 11, North Georgetown, successfully defended their swimming title at the 59th Ministry of Education and Guyana Teachers Union National Schools’ Championship which was held yesterday at the National Aquatic Centre, Lilliendaal.
North Georgetown chalked up 446 points to win the title ahead of Upper Demerara -Kwakwani with 311 points, while East Georgetown occupied the third position on 250 points. South Georgetown managed fourth place with 152 points followed by Essequibo Coast and Pomeroon on 139, Bartica 137, North West 129, East Bank Demerara 85, West Demerara and East Coast Demerara on 67 each, Rupununi 58, West Coast Berbice 34, Pitaro -Siparuni 20 and New Amsterdam on 17.
North Georgetown proved too good for their opponents in the boys 200m freestyle relay, winning the event in one minute 47.90 seconds; East Georgetown took the runner up spot in 1: 50.87 while Upper Demerara-Kwakwani placed third in 1:56.66. North Georgetown were again in winners lane as they clocked two minutes 02.19 seconds to win the girls 200m freestyle relay ahead of East Georgetown in 2:06.52 and Upper Demerara -Kwakwani in 2:23. 06.
Giselle Crane of Disctict 11 North Georgetown won the girls 16 and under 100m backstroke in a time of one minute 22.22 seconds ahead of Alianna Charles of District one North West in 1:41.20 and Michella Henry of Discrict seven Bartica in 1:56:20 respectively. Crane also carted off the girls 16 and under 50m breaststroke in 42.97 seconds. Noel Raekwon of East Georgetown won the boys 16 and under 100m backstroke in 1 minute 05.84 seconds, while Ethan Gonsalves of North Georgetown placed second in 1:11.18 and Travis Smith of North West finished third in 1:29.68. Raekwon grabbed another gold in the boys 16 and under 50m breaststroke in 34.22 seconds.
Donna Carter of South Georgetown took gold in the girls 18 and under 100m backstroke in 1:14.78 while Amber DeGoaes of North Georgetown took silver in 1:21.34 and Nikita Peters of East Georgetown finished third in 1: 24.41. The boys 18 and under 100m backstroke was taken by Sekhel Tzeseq of East Georgetown in 1:09.34; Stephon Ramkellawan of North Georgetown was second in 1:19.40 and Collin Stephen of Rupununi was third in 1:25.22. Monique Watson of North Georgetown won the girls 18 and under 100m backstroke in 1:16.40 ahead of Colen DaSilva of Upper Demerara -Kwakwani in 1:42.75 and Alicia George of District two Essequibo Coast and Poneroon in 1:51.73 respectively.
Shamal Bryan of North Georgetown grabbed gold in the boys 18 and under 100m backstroke in 1:25.34 while Guin Peters of North West took second spot in 1:30.06 and Recardo Davis of Upper Demerara-Kwakwani was third in 1:31.16. Megan Scott of District 14 East Bank Demerara won the girls 10 and under 50m freestyle in 39.63 seconds, while Jessica Sookram of North Georgetown placed second in 41.83 and Akeela Fortune of East Georgetown was third in 45.90.
Recardo Spencer of Upper Demerara-Kwakwani won the boys 10 and under 50m freestyle in 35.88 seconds, while Joash Smith of Essequibo Coast and Pomeroon took the runner up spot in 41.86 and Joash Headley of Bartica finished third in 43.46. Kyra Soares of North Georgetown took the top podium spot in the girls 12 and under 50m freestyle in 33.49 seconds, while Andica Vieira of EBD placed second in 35.56 and Unecia Fredericks of Upper Demerara-Kwakwani took third position in 39.40.
The boys 12 and under 50m freestyle was won by Aarav Singh of North Georgetown in 34.86 while Damion Lucas of North West took silver in 36.01 and Romario Daw of Upper Demerara -Kwakwani finished third in 36.31.
Aleka Persaud of East Georgetown bagged gold in the girls 14 and under 50m freestyle in 28.04 seconds; Patrice Mahaica of North Georgetown placed second in 29.54 and Sarah Ramsammy of South Georgetown finished third in 35.61. Persaud grabbed another gold as she clocked 33.25 seconds in the girls 14 and under 50m breasstroke.
Paul Mahaica handed North Georgetown another gold with victory in the boys 14 and under 50m backstroke in 33.98 seconds, while Leon Seaton also of North Georgetown won the boys 16 and under 5pm backstroke in 30. 48 seconds. Elliott Gonsalves of East Georgetown grabbed the boys 14 and under 50m freestyle title in 28.44 seconds, while Paul Mahaica of North Georgetown won silver in 28.53 and Dvon Spencer of Upper Demerara-Kwakwani finished third in 31.19. Maiya Francois-Ifill of North Georgetown won the girls 16 and under 50m freestyle in 29.22 seconds; Shenessa Cornelius of Upper Demerara -Kwakwani placed second in 33.69 and Tatiana Albert of Essequibo Coast-Pomeroon took bronze in 37.29.
Leon Seaton of North Georgetown won gold in the boys 16 and under 50m freestyle in 25.31 seconds while Daniel Claxton of West Demerara took the runner up spot in 26.55 and Triston Lyckerish of Upper Demerara-Kwakwani finished third in 28.79. Lathisha Blair handed South Georgetown gold in the girls 18 and under 50m freestyle in 30.00 seconds, while Coleen Stephen of East Coast Demerara placed second in 33.25 and Brittany Quamina of East Georgetown was third in 33.60. Blair also won the girls 18 and under 50m breaststroke in 41.93 seconds. The boys 18 and under 50m freestyle was taken by Andew Skeete of East Coast Demerara in 26.78 seconds while Sion Jeffers of took silver in 27.59 and Stephon Ramkellawan of North Georgetown placed third in 29.32.
Amy Grant of North Georgetown dominated her rivals to win the girls open 50m freestyle in 30.51 seconds; Safiyah Foster of East Georgetown took silver in 35.18 and Coleen DaSilva of Upper Demerara-Kwakwani won the bronze in 36.58. Grant chalked another gold as she won the 100m girls open freestyle in 1:10.40 while De Andra Wilson won the boys 100m freestyle in 1:06.52. Alicia George of Essequibo Coast and Pomeroon won the girls 18 and over 50m freestyle in 38.22 seconds; Atiba Jeffrey of East Bank Demerara took second place in 40.21 and Nikisha Moses of Potaro-Siparuni finished third in 40.55.
Telford George of North Georgetown won the boys 18 and over 50m freestyle in 28.22 seconds ahead of David Scott of East Georgetown in 29.07 and De Andra Wilson of Upper Demerara-Kwakwani in 29. 23 seconds in that order. Jessica Sookram of South Georgetown Jonathan Sookram of North Georgetown won the boys 18 and under 100m freestyle in 1:03.92. Jessica Sookram of North Georgetown placed second in the girls 10 and under 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. Andica Vieira of District 14 placed second in the girls 12 and under 50m freestyle while Sarah Ramsammy of District 13 South Georgetown placed third in the girls 14 and under 50m freestyle.
Sion Jeffers of District 13 South Georgetown won the boys 18 and under 50m breasstroke in 34.98 seconds, Monique Watson grabbed gold in the girls 18 and under 50m breasstroke in 40.13 while Patrick Thompson of South Georgetown won the boys open 50m breasstroke in 39.66 seconds.
The champion athletes in the respective category were; Meagan Scott girls 10 and under, Ricardo Spencer boys 10 and under, Kyra Soares girls 12 and under, Aarav Singh boys 12 and under, Aleka Persaud girls 14 and under, Paul Mahaica boys 14 and under, Giselle Crane girls 16 and under, Noel Raekwon boys 16 and under, Lathisha Blair girls 18 and under, Jonathan Sookram boys 18 and under, Monique Watson girls open and De Andra Wilson boys open.
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