The Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors with a swim team contingent of five competed impressively at the ASATT National Age Group Long Course Championships returning with a medal haul of 16 medals and one overall 3rd place high-point trophy in the Women 18 & over age category. The national swimming championships was the first championships for the 2019 swim season. It took place from February 20th – 24th at the National Aquatic Centre in Balmain, Couva and the team’s medal haul comprised of six gold medals, five silver medals and five bronze medals.
The Aqua Warriors team which formed the Tobago contingent consisted of national swimmers Jacob Cox, Ornella Walker and Dante Williams under the guidance of Head coach Mosi Denoon and asst. coach Rochelle Pierre, who played both roles as swimmers and coaches.
Ornella Walker, in the Women 18 & Over age category, claimed a total of five medals at this national championship and an overall 3rd place high-point trophy in the Women 18 & over age category. Walker claimed Gold in the 200-meter backstroke, 100-meter backstroke, 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle event.
Jacob Cox, in the Boys 11-12 age category, claimed four medals at the national championships. Cox claimed a Silver in the 200-meter Breaststroke, 100-meter Breaststroke and 50-meter Backstroke event. Furthermore, Cox went on to claim a Bronze medal in the 200-meter Individual Medley event.
Head Coach and swimmer Mosi Denoon, in the Male 18 & Over age category returned with a total of three medals comprising of a Gold medal in the 200-meter Breaststroke event, a Silver medal in the 100-meter Breaststroke event and a Bronze medal in the 50-meter Breaststroke event.
Assistant Coach and Swimmer Rochelle Pierre, in the Women 18 & Over age category, attained three medals encompassing of a Silver medal in the 50-meter Butterfly event and a Bronze medal in the 50-meter Breaststroke and 50-meter Freestyle event.
Dante Williams, in the Boys 15 – 17 age category, claimed a Bronze Medal in the 100-meter Backstroke event to add the Aqua Warriors overall impressive medal tally from a national swim championships season opener.
The Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors swam in championship form despite the fact that their training facility was out of commission for a 6-month period leading up to the championships. This local swim team contingent of five showed the fortitude to overcome the problem that they were faced with and still strived for success.
The Aqua Warriors would like to say a special thank you to the Division of Sports and Youth Affairs for their support and assistance of our young swimmers.