EXPLAINED: How Saint Lucian Tristan Dorville contributes to 2022 OECS swimming championship

The “30th OECS Swim Championships 2022” brought Tristan to an exciting climax in his swim year, having prepared to represent Saint Lucia on home turf throughout the year at local, regional and international competitions.

EXPLAINED: How Saint Lucian Tristan Dorville contributes to 2022 OECS swimming championship
EXPLAINED: How Saint Lucian Tristan Dorville contributes to 2022 OECS swimming championship

Castries, Saint Lucia: The “30th OECS Swim Championships 2022” brought Tristan to an exciting climax in his swim year, having prepared to represent Saint Lucia on home turf throughout the year at local, regional and international competitions. When the curtains came down on the Meet, Tristan had amassed five gold, five silver and three bronze medals, had broken two age group records and had earned 83 points for Team 758.

Tristan Dorville participated in approximately ten swim meets in 2022 and broke numerous age group records and in some instances set new national records. Tristan approached competition with a new fervor this year especially as there was little to no swim meets from 2020 consequent on the Covid-19 Pandemic. Tristan was determined not to allow time outside of the pool to define his progress, especially having put in even more time and effort in his dry land development. Once he was able to return to the pool he put in as many hours as he could get in the water to prepare him for competition.

The “RHAC Kick Off Meet” in February 2022 generated excitement for Tristan and he approached this meet with much anticipation and gratitude – “the warmup meet”. At the sound of the first buzzer it was as if there was never a disconnection with the water. Tristan placed 1st in 5 out of 6 swims and achieved personal best times in 2 swims. Thereafter, Tristan improved his performances at every single meet.

At the “BASA Long Course National Championships” held in Barbados from March 1- 6, 2022, Tristan Dorville  swam 10 events and got 9 golds and 1 silver medal. He scored 81 points overall, the highest number of points in his age group and swam personal bests in all 10 swims.

At the 3rd meet of the year – the “21st RHAC Invitational Swim Meet” – April 6-10, 2022 Tristan swam 9 individual events and attained 9 gold medals, having swam 9 personal bests times. He emerged the overall age group high point winner and walked away with the coveted trophy as well as several age group records.

The “XXXV CARIFTA Swim Championships” held in Barbados from 16-19 April 2022 saw Tristan stepping up to the challenge and representing Team 758 well, with a 7-medal haul – 3 gold, three silver and one bronze. The largest medal haul by a Saint Lucian swimmer ever at CARIFTA.

Tristan Dorville continued his winning streak at the “6th Annual Karen Beaubrun Swim Meet”, June 18-20, 2022 placing first in all 6 his individual events and walked away with the Age Group High Point Trophy yet again.

From 27th June – 3rd July 2022 Tristan represented Saint Lucia at the “1st Jeux De La Caribbean Games” (first ever Caribbean Games) in Guadeloupe and gave a commendable performance given that he was competing in an open field; the said meet was not being an age group meet. 

Tristan swam two events and broke one record in the 200 butterflies.

In July 2022 Tristan Dorville again represented Saint Lucia at the “XXXIV CCCAN Swimming Championships 2022”, where he won 1 sliver and two bronze medals. These medals were earned, having battled against the best in the sport of swimming in the Americas.

At the “8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships” held in Lima, Peru from 30th August to 4th September 2022, Tristan swam six events and secured 1 National Record in the 200 I.M. and six personal best times. 

At the “10th Capri Sun Short Course National Championships” held from 8 – 9 October 2022, Tristan Dorville swam a magnificent first day with 1st place wins and personal bests in 6 out of 6 individual events and led his relay team to victory in the 200 Medley Relay. On the second day of the Meet things did not go as planned for Tristan as he experienced flu symptoms and had to pull out of the meet after his first two events – he was still able to secure 1st place in the 400 freestyle and 100 butterfly. 

He did not swim three individual events but came back for the 200-meter freestyle relay, ensuring that his team grasped the gold. Despite the disappointment of not being able to swim some of his events, when the curtains came down on the Meet, Tristan had set 6 age group records, amassed 72 points for Seajays Swim Club and was named the 13-14 Age Group High Point Winner.

What an amazing turnaround post Covid-19, for a young man who is a student of the sport. For Tristan Dorville, swimming remains a top priority, and thanks to his 3 club coaches, who are able to develop a swim programme for him that keeps training exciting and new, his interest is sustained and deep. In all of this Tristan serves as the Duty VP of SLAF Athlete Commission. He remains balanced and disciplined in his academic and school life and he looks ahead to an even more exciting 2023.