National swimmers Abrisse Trim, Jacob Cox and Ezekiel Wilson along with their teammates Yunique Wilson, Djimon Wilson, Jayden Myrie, Dante Williams and John Procope under the guidance of head coach Mosi Denoon and assistant Coach Rochelle Pierre formed the Tobago contingent from the Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors that competed at the ASATT National Open Short Course Championships held at the Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad from 9th – 12th November, 2017.
Aqua Warriors Masters Swimmer, John Procope, claimed a third-place overall trophy and collected four medals (One Gold and Three Bronze) at the short course championships. Procope claimed his first seasonal Gold in the 50-meter breaststroke clocking a time of 41.06. Procope went on to claim bronze in the 100-meter Breaststroke clocking a final time of 1:28.02 behind Anton Gopaulsingh of Trinidad and Tobago Aquatics (1:24.69) and winner Daniel Newallo of Trinidad and Tobago Aquatics (1:20.92). In the 50-meter Butterfly and 50-meter Backstroke, Procope claimed Bronze in both events clocking a final time of 32.71 and 38.38 behind Daniel Newallo and Anton Gopaulsingh respectively.
In the highly competitive 10 and under age category both Jacob Cox and Abrisse Trim competed against the competition. Jacob Cox placed 4th overall in both the 50-meter Breaststroke A-Final and the 100-meter breaststroke A-Final clocking a personal best final time of 42.07 and 1:33.33 respectively. Cox went on to place 6th in the 100-meter Freestyle A-Finals clocking a final time of 1:12.87. He then went on to place 7th in both the 50-meter Backstroke A-Final and 200-meter Freestyle clocking a time of 38.83 and 2:40.69 respectively.
Abrisse Trim placed 1st in the B-Finals for the 50-meter Butterfly, 50-meter Backstroke, 50-meter Breaststroke and the 100-meter breaststroke events clocking personal best final times of 40.00, 42.63, 46.28 and 1:42.67 respectively for an overall 9th place finish in the above-mentioned events. Trim then went on to place 5th in both the 100-meter freestyle B-Finals and 200-meter Freestyle B-Finals clocking personal best times of 1:23.17 and 3:06.37 for an overall 13th place finish in the previously mentioned events.
In the 11 and over Open Age Category Aqua Warriors Yunique Wilson, Ezekiel Wilson, Dante Williams, Jaden Myrie and Mosi Denoon all competed in this hyper-competitive age category. Yunique Wilson placed 7th in the 200-meter Individual Medley A-Finals clocking a personal best time of 2:48.88. Wilson qualified for three B-Finals events. In the 50 Meter Breaststroke B-Finals, Wilson, placed 1st clocking a person best time of 38.93 for an overall 9th place finish. In the 50-meter Backstroke B-Finals she placed 2nd clocking a time of 37.92 behind Eden Edwards of Point Fortin Aqua Darts (37.40) for an overall 10th place finish. In the 100 Meter Breaststroke B-Finals, she went on to place 6th in the B-Finals clocking a time of 1:27.23 for an overall 14th place finish.
Ezekiel Wilson placed 6th in the 100-meter breaststroke A-Finals clocking a final time of 1:12.13. Wilson went on to place 2nd in the 50-meter Backstroke B-Finals clocking a time of 30.65 behind Kadon Williams of Point Fortin Aqua Darts (30.14) for an overall 10th place finish.
Dante Williams placed 7th in the 100-meter Butterfly A-Finals clocking a time of 28.10. Williams then qualified for two B-Finals events. In the 100-meter Freestyle B-Finals he placed 3rd clocking a time of 57.91 behind Adriano Kurban of Flying Fish Swim Club (57.84) and Jamie Williams of Tidal Wave Aquatics (57.24) for an overall 11th place finish. In the 50-meter Butterfly B-Finals he placed 4th clocking a final time of 28.99 for an overall 12th place finish.
Jaden Myrie placed 6th in the 50-meter Butterfly A-Finals clocking a time of 28.10. Myrie went on to qualify for two B-Finals events. In the 100-meter Butterfly B-Finals he placed 1st clocking a time of 1:05.02 beating competitors Aaron Stuart of Blue Dolphins Swim Club (1:05.35) and Jean-Marc Granderson also of Blue Dolphins Swim Club (1:06.90) for an overall 9th place finish. In the 50-meter Breaststroke B-Finals he placed 4th clocking a final time of 35.58 for an overall 12th place finish.
Mosi Denoon, in the 50-meter Breaststroke A-Finals, clocked a final time of 32.62 for 6th place overall finish and in the 100-meter Breaststroke A-Finals he went on to clock a time of 1:12.62 for an overall 8th place finish.
The National Open Short Course Championships which spanned over four days of highly intensive competition marks the first qualifier for the National Swim Team 2018 selection.
The Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors would like to say a special thank you to the St. Joseph RC Church, Tobago Waters and the Division of Youth Affairs and Sports for their support at this National Open Short Course Championships.