Four Black Sands Swim Squad swimmers competed at the 30th Annual Aquatic Centre International Invitational 2022 swimming championships held from May 27-29 in Barbados.
CARIFTA silver and bronze medallist, Kennice Greene competed in a total of 10 individual events in the girls 13 to 14 year age group and put in a dominating performance, winning a total of 5 gold medals (200 M, 100 Free,100 Fly, 50 Fly and 50 Free); 3 silver medals (50 Back, 200 Free, 100 Breast); and 2 Bronze medals (50 Breast and 100 Back). Whilst doing so, Kennice managed to reset two of her own St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) National records in the 100 Freestyle, swimming a time of 1:01.93; also the 200 Individual Medley in a time of 2:41.21. She returned to SVG proudly carrying a trophy awarded for being the overall champion in her age group.
Jamie Joachim, also a CARIFTA silver medallist put in a strong performance in the same girls 13 to 14 year age group. Joachim competed in a total of 9 events, winning a total of 3 gold medals (50 Back, 100 Back and 200 Back); and 4 Silver medals (200 M, 100 Free, 100 Fly and 50 Fly). Joachim also did some record re-writing by breaking her own SVG National record in the 100 Backstroke in a time of 1:13.01.
Swimming in the Boys 9 to 10 year age category was Kione Deshong who put in some good performances but unfortunately was unable to medal.
BSSS’s newcomer, 15 year old Kentreal Kydd, one of SVG’s upcoming Para-Swimmers competed at the event meaning it was his very first Regional competition.
Kentreal swam a personal best time in the 100 Freestyle in a time of 1:31.66 and in the 50 Freestyle in a time of 38.15.