Antigua and Barbuda swam their way to an overall third place result in the 23rd OECS Swimming Championships held in St Lucia from November 8 to 10, while a number of the country’s young athletes also set new OECS records in their respective divisions.
Finishing with a total of 1,248 points, Antigua & Barbuda finished just 95.50 points behind hosts St Lucia who finished second with 1,343.50 points. The Grenada National Swim Team finished at the top of the competition with 1,404.50.
Antigua and Barbuda’s third place position held steady across the gender categories, placing third in the Girls’ Division with 596 points and third in the Boys’ Division with 652 points.
The young national team swam their way to an overall 43 gold, 39 silver and 42 bronze medals for a total of 124 medals, just one shy of Grenada’s 125.
This year’s point total represents the highest by an Antigua & Barbuda swim team to date, and the third place represents the closest finish – only 95.5 points behind second place.
Antigua & Barbuda also had individual success in the girls’ 11 to 12 age group 100m freestyle when Samantha Roberts broke the record 1:04.88 previously held by Siona Huxley of St Lucia. Roberts posted a new time of 1:04.14. She also saw success in the 400m freestyle along with team-mate Makaela Holowchak. Roberts posted 5:04.00 before Holowchak bettered her time with 4:48.92 to break the previous time of 5:10.49.
Roberts was at it once again in the 11 to 12 50m fly, posting 30:81 to better Brittany Eames of St Lucia. Eaims swam 42:14 back in 2003. The young Antiguan returned in the 100m fly along with Holowchak as they set times of 1:11.96 and 1:14.76, respectively, to surpass the previous record of 1:14.78.
Lleyton Martin got in on the action as he set records in the nine to 10 category of the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 50m back and breast strokes, 50m fly and 100m individual medley, respectively.
There was also success for Jadon Wuilliez in the 400m freestyle, 50m breast-stroke and the 100m individual medley.
Antigua and Barbuda’s success continued with Noah Mascoll-Gomes who set new records in the 13 to 14 age category in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200 freestyle, 400m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 50m back-stroke, 100m fly and the 200m individual medley.
The female swim squad comprised: Maia Hadeed, Hailey Derrick, Angelique Gittens, India Abbott, Zoe Dennis, Olivia Fuller, Sally Benjamin, Samantha Roberts, Makaela Holowchak, Devon Wuilliez, Bianca Mitchell, Gabriella John, Rachael Wall, Aliah Maginley and Jasmine Sengupta.
The male were: Tanner Esty, Jonathan and Joshua Solomon, Lleyton Martin, Jaiden Wuilliez, Alexander Bento, Diallo and Nathan Marshall, Sebastien Gobinet, Daryll Appleton, Jason Bento, Dylan Ross, Ethan Bento, Stefano Mitchell, Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Keyshaun Christopher, J’Air Smith and Orel Jeffrey.
Josh Willer served as the national team head coach with Nelson Molina, Mark Mitchell and Wayne Mitchell as assistant coaches.
Congratulations to the team!
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