THE Sea Jays Swim Club ended its final competition of the year by capturing 1st place at the Lucian Grand Prix Swim Meet hosted by Racers Swim Club this past weekend. The meet was designed to mirror the format of CARIFTA Swim Championship, CSIC and CCCAN which many swimmers aspire to qualify for.
Performances by most of the Sea Jays swimmers resulted in best times. The youngest winner Noah Dorville placed 1st overall was boys 6 and under, Jaida Henry 2nd overall among girls 7 to 8 year old. D’Andre Blanchard placed 1st overall in the boys 9 to 10 category Marisa Louisy took the 3rd overall in the girls 11 to 12 year old group. In the 13 to 14 Girls, the club took all three spots – Kaela George 3rd, Mya Peter 2nd and Veronica Brown 1st. Boys 13 to 14 earned similar results with Jamarr Archibald 3rd, TerrelMonplaisir and JayhanOdlum-Smith tied for 1st.
Two new age group records were set by Blanchard who broke his previous 50 Free record and Monplaisir set a new record in the 200 Breast Stroke.
Said Coach Norm Banfield, “The Sea Jays Swim Club finished the first of three cycles in an excellent fashion. We will continue to prepare our swimmers for the end of the second cycle finishing with Carifta / Rodney Height Aquatic Centre invitational and hope for the same success as the Lucian Grand Prix in 2017. Only time will tell.”
As the Club reflects on 2016 with six qualifiers for Carifta Swim Championship, two qualifiers for Caribbean Islands Swimming Championship, eleven qualifiers for Goodwill, and ten for the OECS swim meet, it intends to continue to train and build the strength of it swimmers for meets regionally and internationally.
The Club also recognizes its swimmers Devin Boodha and Jean Luc Zephir who are currently competing at the FINA World Champion in Windsor, Canada.
In Sea Jays Swim Club all swimmers learn that to reach their individual potential they must apply themselves intelligently, consistently and hard.