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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, March 27, 2014
David Mc Leod and Jabari Baptiste will spearhead
a 34-member team selected by the Amateur Swim-
ming Association of T&T (ASATT) on Tuesday to
represent this country at the 29th Carifta Swimming
Championships next month.
The team was selected following the conclusion
of the National Age-Group Long Course Swimming
Championships hosted by the Amateur Swimming
Association of T&T at Marlins Swimming Pool, Morne
Coco Road, Westmoorings on Sunday night.
The one-week championships splash off from April
21-27 at the Piscina Olimpico Roly Bislik, Oranjestad,
Savaneta, the same venue as in 2009.
On Sunday last, Mc Leod of Atlantis Aquatics and
Baptiste of Marlins used the Long Course, which
served as a qualifier for the Carifta Swim meet, and
Caribbean Islands Swimming Championship which
is carded for Barbados in July, to also book tickets
to the Nanjing, China Youth Olympics, by bettering
qualifying times in the 15-17 boys 50m freestyle.
Mc Leod won the event in 23.98 seconds while
Baptiste took silver in 24.20 as they both dipped
under the B standard qualifying time while attaining
Carifta A and B marks as well.
Also in the swim squad is Jada Chia of Atlantis,
the standout swimmer at the Long Course with no
fewer than 12 Carifta qualifying times
attained and North American-based Alexan-
T&T will also be represented in the Open
Water swim where the girls 15-17 trio of
David sisters, Syriah and Shania, and Theana
Hay are medal contenders.
Last year in Jamaica, Syriah won the 15-
17 Open Water gold while Hay got silver,
and Shania won silver in the 13-14 category,
and Christian Marsden, bronze in the boys
For the swim team, Marlins Mark Pouchet
will serve as head coach while former ASATT
president, Hazel Haynes of Tidal Wave
Aquatics has been appointed coach of the
Open Water team.
The duo of Brian Wickham (Centre of
Excellence Sea Hawks) and Chabeth Haynes
(Tidal Wave) are also part of the coaching
staff which will be managed by former
national swimmer, Shastri Sankar.
The Carifta Championships is expected
to be a very competitive one as it will serve
as an official qualifying meet for the 16th
FINA World Championships 2015 which
will be held in Kazan, Russia.
It has already been approved as a qual-
ifying meet for Central American and
Caribbean Games (CAC) in Veracruz, Mexico
and the Youth Olympic Games.
In Aruba, T&T will be aiming for its first
team title since 2010 in Jamaica after it
ended second on the medal table with a
haul of 51 (22 gold, 16 silver and 13 bronze),
13 behind Guadeloupe (17 gold, 28 silver and
19 bronze) while Aruba was third with 50
(21 gold, 17 silver and 12 bronze). It was the
third straight win for Guadeloupe.
Mc Leod, Baptiste head Carifta swimmers
T&T Carifta Swimming team:
13-14 Boys: Christian Marsden, Kael Yorke, James
15-17 Boys: Jivan Chee Foon, Christian Gillette,
15-17 Girls: Syriah David, Theana Hay, Shania
11-12 Girls: Jada Chai, Jahmia Harley, Vrisnelit
Faure, Deshor Edwards, Sabrina David
11-12 Boys: Gabriel Bynoe, Aqeel Joseph, Josiah
Duke, Luke Gillette, Jae-Hwa Lee Wing, Jean-Mark
13-14 Girls: Amira Pilgrim
13-14 Boys: Justin Samlalsingh, Kael Yorke,
Christian Marsden, Osaze Riley, James Gillette,
Jeron Thompson, Dario Omiss, Christopher
15-17 Girls: Kristin Julien, Ariel Cape, Syriah David,
15-17 Boys: David Mc Leod, Jabari Baptiste, Jeron
O'Brien, Jonathan Farah, Joshua Ramkissoon
St Joseph Convent (SJC), Port-of-Spain, stole
the spotlight at the Francis Rivas school girls wind-
ball cricket league at the Queen s Park Savannah
on March 16, winning the ten-over round robin
In its first match against Diego Martin North Sec-
ondary, SJC posted a challenging 80/4. In reply, Diego
Martin could only get to 62/7, giving SJC a comfortable
St Joseph was more convincing in its second match
against Holy Name Convent. Bowling first, St Joseph
dismissed Holy Name for 24 in five overs. St Joseph
then raced to the target in 3.3 overs without the loss
of a wicket to lift the title. Diego Martin finished in
second position, while Holy Name ended third.
wins Francis Rivas
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