SWIMMERS representing St. Lucia at the Goodwill Swim Meet held in Trinidad and Tobago brought home 19 medals in total, finishing fourth overall at the just concluded championships in the twin island Republic.
According to Sue MonplaisirSt.Lucia Amateur Swimming Asociation Public Relations Officer, the Goodwill championships served as an opportunity for St. Lucia’s age group swimmers who wanted to make it to the next stage of competitive swimming, to step up and compete with some of the best swimmers in the Southern Caribbean.
Walking away with Gold was AbbiePultie swimming in the 50 metre breast, and the 13 – 14 relay team comprising of Katelin Samuel, Veronica Brown, AbbiePultie and MikaelaCasimir swimming their 400 Metre Medley Relay.
Swimmers took the podium on four presentations to receive their silver medals. The medalists included 13-14 Pultie swimming 100 Meter Breast, 9 – 10 NaimaHazell swimming 50 Metre Breast, 13 – 14 boys relay team comprising NialBergasse, Cavaari Taylor, Devin Boodha and Yannick Layne swimming the 400 medley relay and the 9 – 10 boys relay team comprising MatheoCapasso, Kyai Taylor, Andre Blanchard and Ziv Reynolds swimming the 400 medley relay.
The count of 13 bronze medals were brought in by MikaelaCasimir swimming her best time in the 50 Breast, 50 Free, 50 Fly and 100 Fly. Devin Boodha also contributed to the bronze medal count swimming his best time in the 50 breast.
The squad of relay teams included the 11-12 Girls Shalini Joseph, Natalya Guillaume, Maya Hilaire and MikailiCasimir swimming 400 Metre Butterfly and 200 Meter Free, the boys 8 and under comprising Ethan Hazell, Karic Charles, Antoine Destang and TherronHerelle swimming the 200 Meter Medley and the 200 meter Breast, the 13 – 14 girls comprising Katelin Samuel, Veronica Brown, AbbiePultie and MikaelaCasimir swimming 400 Meter Free and 200 Meter Free and the 13 – 14 boys comprising NialBergasse, Devin Boodha, Cavaari Taylor and Yannick Layne swimming 400 Metre Free and 200 Metre Free.
This was coach Romain’s second time leading the team. He congratulated all the swimmers on their achievements. Romain thanked the coaching staff Henry Joseph and Vernessa Eugene, team manager Lily Bergasse and chaperones, Jean Mederick, Brender Portland-Reynolds and Jamie Steid for all the support given to the team.