The Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors ventured to Antigua & Barbuda to compete at the 6th ABSF Invitational Swimming Championships which recently concluded on Sunday 20th October 2019. The 6th edition of the ABSF Invitational Swimming Championships was hosted by the Antigua & Barbuda Swimming Federation at the Antigua Athletic Club, St. John’s, Antigua
The 15-member swim team comprising of Renata Thomas, Makayla Ollivierre, Inez Thomas, Israel Jordan, Seanheim Alleyne, Sydney Sandy, Malique Young, Kai Caruth, Timothy Clarke, Shellon Cunningham, Edwyn Thomas, Jacob Cox, Joseph Cox, Rochelle Pierre and Mosi Denoon returned with a total of11 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 15 bronze medals from the regional swimming championships for an overall total medal haul of 40 medals and one overall medal trophy. This has been the club’s largest medal haul to date.
National swimmer Jacob Cox claimed ten individual gold medals and an overall trophy for winning the boys 11-12 age category at the swim championships. Jacob claimed gold in 50-meter & 100-meter butterfly event, 50-meter & 100-meter backstroke event, 50-meter & 100-meter breaststroke event, 50-meter & 100-meter freestyle event and the 100-meter & 200-meter individual medley event.
Adding to the overall medal haul was brother, Joseph Cox, who claimed five silver medals at the championships. Cox claimed silver in 50-meter & 100-meter backstroke event, 50-meter & 100-meter breaststroke event and the 100-meter individual medley event.
Swimmer and head coach Mosi Denoon claimed four medals to the tally at the championships with a gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke event, two silver medals, one in the 50-meter breaststroke and the other in the 100-meter individual medley event and a bronze in the 200-meter individual medley event.
First-timer to regional swimming championships, Malique Young, claimed the first silver medal of his regional championship swimming career in the 50-meter breaststroke event. Teammate, Isreal Jordan, another first-timer to regional championship swimming claimed four bronze medals at the championships in the 25-meter backstroke & breaststroke events, 50-meter butterfly event and 100-meter individual medley event.
Continuing the record-breaking medal haul for the Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors was Timothy Clarke who claimed six bronze medals to complement the overall tally at the championships. Clarke swam to a bronze in the 50-meter & 100-meter butterfly event, 50-meter & 100-meter breaststroke event,50-meter backstroke event and 100-meter individual medley event.
Swimmer and assistant coach Rochelle Pierre added four bronze medals to the overall tally. Pierre claimed bronze in the 50-meter butterfly event, 50-meter backstroke event, 50-meter freestyle event and 100-meter individual medley event.
The Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors had two relay teams medalling at the invitational swimming championships. The first medal of the championship came from the junior relay team comprising of Seanheim Alleyne, Malique Young, Isreal Jordan and Sydney Sandy who swam to a silver medal in the 10 & Under Boys 200-meter freestyle relay. The senior relay time comprising of Inez Thomas, Rochelle Pierre, Edwyn Thomas and Mosi Denoon swam to silver medals in mixed 15 & over 200-meter medley relay.
The team of fifteen is set to return on Tuesday 22nd October 2019 after their fantastic record-breaking medal haul at the ABSF Invitational Swimming Championships in Antigua & Barbuda.
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