COX, WILLIAMS RETURN WITH 9 MEDALS & 3 MEET RECORDS FROM GOODWILL CHAMPIONSHIPS
National Swimmers and Aqua Warriors Jacob Cox and Dante Williams competed in the XXIV Edition of the Goodwill Championships 2018 which concluded on Sunday 19th August, 2018. The Swim Duo was part of the winning 40-member national swim team under the tutelage of Aqua Warriors assistant coach Rochelle Pierre who was appointed as one of the national assistant coaches for the XXIV Trinidad and Tobago Goodwill Team.
The swim duo contributed a total of nine medals to Trinidad and Tobago’s overall win of the XXIV Goodwill Championships.
Team Trinidad and Tobago has now won this championship a total of five times.
Jacob Cox won a total on four Gold medals at the regional championships. Cox claimed Gold in the 100-meter breaststroke event clocking a personal best time of 1:24.45 beating teammate Zachary Anthony 1:25.53 and Karic Charles of St. Lucia (1:27.47).
The relay team comprising of Cox, Liam Carrington, Zachary Anthony and Giovanni Rivas went on to break three Goodwill Games record with their Golden swims in the 200-meter Freestyle Relay, 400-meter Freestyle Relay and the 400-meter Medley Relay. In the 200-meter Freestyle Relay, the old record was previously held by Suriname (2:00.31) and now the new record stands at 1:58.84 set by team TTO. In the 400-meter Freestyle Relay, the old record previously held by Trinidad and Tobago set in 2015 (4:37.59), now stands at 4:30.57 set by team TTO 2018. In the 400-meter Medley Relay, the previous record was held by Trinidad and Tobago set in 2016 (5:11.47) and now the new record stands at 5:05.78 set by Cox, Carrington, Anthony and Rivas of team TTO.
Teammate Dante Williams successfully completed his first national team debut with a total of five medals, one gold, two silver and two bronze. Williams claimed silver in his individual events with his first coming from the 100-meter Backstroke clocking a time of 1:04.00 behind teammate Jordon Mc Millan (1:02.85). Williams claimed his second silver in the 100-meter butterfly event narrowly missing gold clocking a personal best time of 1:00.83 behind T’Lez Foulkes of Barbados (59.12).
Williams then teamed up with Jamaal Pascall, Jordon Mc Millan and Brandon Coombs to capture Gold in the 400-meter medley and Bronze in both the 200-meter Freestyle relay and 400-meter Freestyle relay.
The Tobago YMCA Aqua Warriors would like to take this opportunity to give our most heartfelt thanks for the support and assistance of the Kendal Aquatic Facility and the Tobago House of Assembly – Division of Youth Affairs and Sports for all they have done for our swimmers.