Blue Marlins attend Invitational Swim Meet
April 15, 2011
Blue Marlins attend Invitational Swim Meet

The Blue Marlin Swim Club was represented by 16 swimmers at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre in St. Lucia from April 7-11.{{more}}

It was the club’s first outing in competition.

Tia Gun Munroe was first in the 25-metre Butterfly for six and under and was third in the 50-metre Breaststroke.

Shane Joachim gained a silver medal in the 50-metre Butterfly for boys 9-10 years old.

Brandon Bristol placed third in the 13-14 age category in the 100-metre Breaststroke, the 400-metre Freestyle, the 200-metre Medley Relay and the 50-metre Freestyle Relay.

Also competing in the 13-14 boys’ age group, Zefal Bailey claimed third in the 400-metre Freestyle and was part of the 200-metre Medley Relay which came in third.

Arthur Laborde got a bronze in the 400-metre Freestyle as well as in the 200-metre Medley Relay.

Khori Browne gained two bronze medals in the 400-metre Freestyle Relay and the 200-metre Relay in the 11-14 age grouping.

The other members of the team which participated in the event were Ria Adams, Paige Cadogan, Kayala Gibson, Isabelle Brackin, Kyle Browne, Nikolas Sylvester, Justin Sylvester, Heamic Bynoe, Shane Cadogan and Sylvine Schaedle.

Three coaches, Niesha Alexander, Stephenson Wallace and Rickydene Alexander, accompanied the young swimmers to the invitational meet.

Rickydene Alexander said that the team performed well in the circumstances, as they had to compete against more seasoned swimmers, who were exposed to better training facilities.

Blue Marlins had to rub shoulders with 14 other clubs, drawn from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada and the host, St. Lucia.

Alexander said that telecommunications company Digicel played a major role in assisting them in getting to St. Lucia.

Digicel provided a Blackberry for first prize of a Raffle which the Blue Marlins held. Alexander also thanked the Oasis Spa for providing the second prize.

He also was grateful to Stephen Joachim for the use of his pool, as well as the owners of Villa Lodge for similar benevolence. (RT)