WITH all of St. Lucia’s top competitive swimmers in an excited and winning mode, the 2015 Capri Sun Short Course National Championships came to a resounding successful climax on Sunday at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre.
The Sea Jays hosted meet generated excitement and fierce competition with the stands filled by swimmers, coaches, family members and supporters in a full cheer for the three days. Amidst this festive atmosphere, all in attendance enjoyed the weekend with some fantastic swimming, and as always, the crowd favourite relay events delivered a great show for all who were in attendance.
Caprisun and their agents in St. Lucia, CFL, were well represented with stalls handing out free samples for the swimmers and “Mr CAPRISUN “in attendance to present the trophies.
The Friday opening ceremony was graced by members of SLASA and club executives and the Capri Sun representatives.
Over 150 swimmers from six swim clubs competed for a chance to win bragging rights. Those clubs were: Sharks, Sea Jays, Lightning Aquatics, Racers, Southern Flying Fish Swim Club (SFF) and Sports Academy Swim Team.
After three days of racing, it was familiar territory for Sharks, claiming their seventh National Championship in eight years. They dominated both the Women’s and Men’s team scores, amassing an impressive 1299 points overall.
Combined Team Scores – Sharks Swim Club (1299 points), Sea Jays Swim Club – (955 points), Lightning Aquatics Swim Club (649 point), Racers Swim Club – (513 points), Sports Academy Swim Team – (321 points) and 6th Southern Flying Fish – (143 points).
Of the many outstanding performances by the young men and women over the weekend, an incredible 22 new National Age Group Records were established, as the younger swimmers especially in the 11-12 age group demolished so many outstanding records. The individual records will be released later after ratification by the SLASA Technical Committee
Meanwhile, the St. Lucia Amateur Swimming Association will now shift its focus to preparing for the 25th OECS Swimming Championships to be held from November 6 – 8 in Antigua.
According to reports SLASA technical committee will announce the team at the weekend following its final selection.