Dorado Speed Swim Club represented by strong 28-member contingent
A delegation of 28 persons, including 16 swimmers are in the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad competing at the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) Invitational Swimming Championship being held by
the Marlin’s Swim Club at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.
One objective of the club’s participation in the FINA-recognised championship is to attain the “A” Time Standards, as set by the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association, to qualify for the UANA and CARIFTA Games in 2020.
The management team is headed by Coach Nicholas Fraser and Assistant Coach Shyka Gonsalves along with Managers Colleen Roberts and Marcel Watson. Guyana is also represented by four other swimmers swimming as a “Guyana-Combined” team and one swimmer from the Dolphin Speed Swim Club.
This year the ASATT Invitational attracted four hundred and twenty four (424) swimmers attached to thirteen (13) swim clubs from six (6) countries, namely: Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.
The Swimming Championship began on Wednesday December 11 and will continue until tomorrow. After participating in the Championship, the Dorado Speed Swim Club will also participate in the Marlins Open Water Invitational this Sunday.
On the first day of the championships there were four events on the programme: 1,500m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley (IM), 50m Backstroke and 200m Butterfly. In the first event, the 1500m Freestyle, Dorado Speed Swim Club started off on a high note with Vladimir Woodroffe and Stephen Ramkhelawan making personal best performances and placing first and second respectively in the male 11-12 years category.
However, they both were unable to attain the CARIFTA “A” Time Standard in this event. Raekwon Noel competed in the 1500m Freestyle male 13-14 years category and placed fourth with a personal best time of 18:05.14 eclipsing the “A” Time Standard of 18”:48.25.
Continuing with another great performance was Monique Watson who competed in the second event of the day, the 400m IM. Monique won this event in Female 11-12 year category and made the ”A” Time with a time of 6:01.01.
In the third event of the day, the 50m Backstroke, Kyra Soares placed 8th in the female 9-10 category with a time of 39.56. Athalcy Hunte placed 3rd while also attaining an “A” Time Standard with a time of 34.59 seconds.
Monique Watson placed 9th and Brittany Quamina placed 21st in the female 11-12 year category. Vladimir Woodroffe won a silver medal in the boys 11-12 year category with a time of 33.10 which was also good enough to better the “A” Time standard for that event.
Elliott Gonsalves, Alex Bentham and Tyler Allicock placed 4th, 13th and 22nd respectively in the same event. In the girls 13-14 year category, Maiya Ifill placed 11th clocking a personal best 36.43 seconds.
Leon Seaton competing under “Guyana-Combined” placed 8th with a time of 29.86 seconds (an “A” Time standard). Safiya Foster placed 20th in the girls 15 and over 50m Backstroke event. Fitzroy Thom (Guyana-Combined) placed 13th in the male 15 and over 50 Backstroke Event.
In the final event of the day, the 200m Butterfly, Elliott Gonsalves won gold in the 11-12 year category also with an “A” Time standard clocking 2:31.55. Ethan Gonsalves clocked 2:40.33, which was good enough for 10th place in the 13-14 year category.
Team Dorado continued competing in yesterday’s events which were the 100m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay.
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