TOBAGO SWIMMERS RETURN WITH FOUR MEDALS FROM CCCAN 2017
Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors National swimmers Ornella Walker and Bradley Thomas alongside Trinidad-based swimmers Marquise Nelson and Malik Nelson were the four Tobagonian swimmers selected to be a part of the Trinidad and Tobago National CCCAN Swim Team. The recently concluded CCCAN Games which ran from Tobago from June 22nd to July 2nd consisted of most swimming disciplines like Open Water, Swimming, Water Polo, Diving and Synchronize Swimming.
In the Open Water event which splashed off CCCAN 2017 Games, it was Marquise Nelson who received bronze in the 3000-meter swim behind teammates gold medalist Nicholai Blackman and Silver medalist Michael McLeod.
Malik Nelson, claimed two silver medals at the CCCAN Games in the 400 meter Medley Relay and the 400 meter freestyle relay in the Boys 13-14 Age group category. The relay team comprising of Malik Nelson, Christopher Dieffenthaller, Jonathan Constantine and Aqeel Joseph narrowly missing gold and claimed silver in a time of 3:44.72 behind Bahamas (3:44.57). In the 400-medley relay, the team comprising of Malik Nelson, Delroy Tyrell, Christopher Dieffenthaller and Aqeel Joseph again claimed silver in a time of 4:11.28 behind Bahamas who clocked a winning time of 4:06.66. Nelson additionally placed 5th in the 100-meter butterfly event and 7th in the 100-meter Freestyle event.
Ornella Walker teamed up with Ileana Bocage, Racine Ross and Amira Pilgrim to claim Silver in the 400-meter medley relay clocking a time of 4:33.33 behind Puerto Rico record breaking 4:27.12. Ornella Walker who swam in the Girls 15-17 category further placed 6th in the 200-meter Backstroke, 7th in the 50-meter Backstroke and 8th in the 100-meter Backstroke.
Notable mention must be given to Bradley Thomas who placed 7th in the both the 100 meter and 50 meter Backstroke event and 8th in the 200 meter Backstroke event.
The Trinidad and Tobago National contingent won the coveted CCCAN title and creating history by being the first ever English-speaking country to ever hold the title thus far. The Trinidad and Tobago swim team, in which the Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors very own assistant Coach Rochelle Pierre was selected for duty, returned with an overall medal haul of 65 medals in total (21 Gold, 26 Silver, 18 Bronze). Overall Trinidad and Tobago scored a combined total of 1,259.5 points ahead of Puerto Rico (1,217.0 points) and third place Costa Rica (757.0 points).