The UANA Swimming Cup 2020 which spanned over three days of highly intensive competition, ran from the 21st – 23rd February, 2020 at the Videna Aquatic Complex in Lima, Peru. The swimming cup hosted 450 swimmers from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Islands competing in the age groups 11-12, 13-14, and 15-17 in a variety of distance and stroke events.
The Trinidad and Tobago delegation under the tutelage of National Head Coach Mosi Denoon returned with 4 medals (2 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals) and Two New UANA Championship records.
The 14-member Trinidad and Tobago delegation comprised of lone Tobagonian Aqua Warriors swimmer Jacob Cox and teammates Shaelen Reece and Anpherne Bernard (Boys 11-12), Joy Blackett, Amelia Rajack and Lyla Browne (Girls 13-14), Nikoli Blackman, Akash Singh (Boys 13-14), Aqeel Joseph (Boys 15-17 age group) and Jahmia Harley (Girls 15-17).
Individually, the swimmers had stellar performances, especially competing at this level of competition. Nikoli Blackman had a fantastic showing at the championships achieving Gold in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle event, all whilst setting new UANA Championship records in both events. He further went on to achieve two silver medals at the championships in the 50-meter Butterfly event and the 200-meter freestyle event.
Honourable mention must be given to lone Tobagonian Jacob Cox, though not medalling, fought valiantly at his first debut at an international swimming championships event. Cox swam to an 11th place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke and a 13th place finish in the 200-meter Individual medley event.
The Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors would like to say a special thank you to the Division of Sports and Youth Affairs for their support and assistance.