AQUA WARRIORS REPRESENT NOBLY IN BARBADOS
The 26th edition of the Aquatic Centre International Invitational held at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, St Michael, Barbados hosted 277 swimmers from 19 clubs across eight regional countries. The three-day swim meet which splashed off on Friday 19th May, 2017, saw at least two medals on the opening night of competition from the Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors Swim Club. Overall the swim team placed 11th out of the 19 participating clubs and returned with five medals from the invitational swim meet.
The ten-swim team contingent from the Aqua Warriors Swim Club that competed in the 26th ACI Invitationals were Abrisse Trim, Jacob Cox, Joseph Cox, Jaylon Campbell, Zarah Etim, Timothy Clarke, Justin Thomas, Nicholai Peterkin, Carlon Sealey and Coach Mosi Denoon, who would act as both swimmer and coach at the event.
Mosi Denoon claimed three medals, a silver and two bronze, at the invitational swim meet. Denoon got a silver in 100-meter Breaststroke event clocking a time of 1:14.59 behind Jumar Walrond (1:12.98) of Alpha Sharks Swim Club Barbados. Subsequently, he went on to claim bronze in the 50-meter breaststroke clocking a time of 33.21 behind Kent Mullins (32.90) of Alpha Sharks Swim Club Barbados and Jumar Walrond (32.68) also of Alpha Sharks Swim Club Barbados. Another bronze was claimed by Denoon in the 200-meter Breaststroke stopping the clock in a time of 2:42.71 behind Jumar Walrond (2:41.02) of Alpha Sharks Swim Club Barbados and Nkosi Dunwoody Walrond (2:39.60) also of Alpha Sharks Swim Club Barbados.
The brothers, Joseph Cox and Jacob Cox, swam especially well, claiming a Silver and a Bronze medal respectively in the 50-meter backstroke clocking personal best times of 40.25 and 40.54 behind Therron Herelle (38.89) of Racers Swim Club St. Lucia. Furthermore, Jacob Cox placed 4th in the 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter butterfly event., 7th in the 200-meter freestyle event, 8th in the 50-meter freestyle event and 10th in the 100-meter freestyle event. Joseph Cox placed 6th in the 50-meter butterfly event, 7th in the 200-meter individual medley event, 8th in both the 200-meter and 100-meter freestyle event and 10th in both the 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter freestyle event
Notable mention must be given to, in the 9-10 age group, Abrisse Trim who placed 9th in 50-meter breaststroke event, 13th in the 50-meter backstroke event and 14th in 50-meter freestyle event and Jaylon Campbell who placed 14th in 50-meter Breaststroke event. In the 11 – 12 age group, Zarah Etim placed 12th in the 100-meter backstroke event, 13th in 50-meter breaststroke event and 14th in 100-meter breaststroke event and Timothy Clarke placed 7th in the in the 100-meter backstroke event, 10th in the 200-meter individual medley event, 11th in both the 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke events and 13th in the in the 50-meter butterfly event.
In the 13 – 14 age group, Justin Thomas placed 9th in the 100-meter butterfly event and teammate Nicholai Peterkin placed 8th in 100-meter breaststroke event and 10th in in 50-meter breaststroke event. In the 15 & Over age group, Carlon Sealey placed 6th in the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke event, 7th in both the 200 meter and 50-meter breaststroke event, 10th in 50-meter freestyle event and 13th in the 100-meter freestyle event.
The Aqua Warriors swim team contingent under the guidance of Head Coach, Mosi Denoon, had a good showing at the swim meet as it was the first time most of the swimmers experienced competition in an Olympic sized swimming pool. The swimmers form the Aqua Warriors swim club, swam their hardest regardless of pool size and the intense competition they were faced with. The team is set to return on Monday 22nd May, 2017.