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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT)

Web Posted - Wed Dec 29 2004
SWIMMERS from five clubs in Barbados participated in the annual Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) recently held invitational meet.
The meet was held earlier this month at the Marlins Complex in Trinidad with teams from Grenada, St. Lucia, Guyana completing the overseas representation.

The overseas teams competed along with 11 swim clubs from Trinidad to make a total of 19 clubs in the fight for supremacy with Marlins Swim Club of Trinidad defending the team championship.

The Marlins maintained their strangle hold on the team championship finishing with a total 1276 points, while compatriots of the Tidal Wave Aquatics of Trinidad were second with 835 points. Pine Hill Alpha Sharks were the top performing team from Barbados, finishing in third position with 800.5 points.

Other swim clubs from Barbados making the journey to Trinidad were Stingrays who finished in 12th position with 88.5 points; First Caribbean International Bank Silver Fins 13th with 71 points, Sprite Pirates 15th with 66 points and Dolphins Swim Club.

Swimmers from the Junior and Senior Squads teamed up with other swimmers from their respective clubs to pull off memorable performances.

Rhea Babb from Stingrays won gold in the 50 metres breaststroke and bronze in the 50 metres backstroke. The 9-10 girls relay team from Stingrays also won gold in the 4x100 medley and the 4x50 free relay in a close battle with Silver fins swim club in impressive form, while their 9-10 girls relay team won the silver medal in the latter race.

Rebecca Reline, Chelsea Gellineau and Lani Cabrera from Stingrays, Shani Watson-Holder and Melina Leblanc from First Caribbean International Bank Silver Fins scored the majority of points for their respective clubs.

However, it was double 2004 eight and under age group champion Mathew Courtis and Justin Riviere who carried the torch for Sprite Pirates Swim Club bringing home two bronze medals and along with Kyleigh Wilson and Justin Babb formed the nucleus of activity for this club.

The Pine Hill Alpha Sharks Swim Club amassed an impressive 63 medals and several points with Heidi Barrow finishing the year on a high. Four times eight and Under star for 2004, she carried off the eight and Under trophy at the meet collected a number of gold medals. Her teammate Amara Gibbs was placed second in the age group.

CARIFTA & CISC medallist Marsha Watson, via a series of gold and silver medals emerged victorious in the girls 13-14 age group to take the trophy with 78 points complementing her performance at Short Course Nationals when she was adjudged the Most Outstanding Senior Female Swimmer of the competition.

She was ably assisted by Kayla Gonsalves, who also raked up an impressive repertoire of medals to be placed third in that age group.

Outstanding National Short Course Junior Swimmers Kristyn Kirton and Raymond Edwards with National Short Course age group champions Akilab Lasliley, Vaughn Forsythe and Warren Kellman teamed up with Zabra Holder, Kevin Cadogan, Ranion Harvey, Michael Bruce and Kanial Seale to pull off a memorable performance for their Club.

Senior Outstanding Swimmer Cliff Gittens was the crowning glory for the Sharks when he anchored each of the boys 15 and over relay teams to take the silver on each occasion while ably contributing his share as an individual to the gold medal pot.

Seven swimmers achieved qualifying times for the Carifia Swimming Championships to be held in Curacao: Raymond Edwards, Kristyn Kirton, Shai Stewart, Warren Kelhnan, Kayla Gonsalves and Marsba Watson. Several swimmers came close to meeting the qualifying standards and will be given other opportunities next year.

Both Club coaches and National Coach Antonio Martinez Petrolanda commended the performance of the swimmers and will be working to improve on this benchmark next year.


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