Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation stages successful Independence Swimming Championship

The Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation hosted its Independence Swimming Championship this past weekend, Saturday 25th and 26th of February at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre.

Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation stages successful Independence Swimming Championship
Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation stages successful Independence Swimming Championship

Castries, Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation hosted its Independence Swimming Championship this past weekend, Saturday 25th and 26th of February at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre.

The competition began with a march pass and remarks from President Paula James. Special mention was made welcoming a contingent for Martinique who took the advantage of having representation at this Independence Championship.

Once the swimmers of Martinique, The Longvilliers Club of Lamentin, Sharks Swim Club, Lightning Aquatics, Southern Flying Fish and the Seajays Swim Club made their first plunge, they were ready to give their best.

Some of the highlights of the weekend were swims Naima Hazell setting a new age group record in the Female 15-17 100 IM held by Siona Huxley in 2009. D’Andre Blanchard setting Male 15-17 100 IM held by Ethan Dyke-Elliott in 2018 and re-setting Male 15-17 100 Breast. Blanchard was the previous record holder for this event.

Other highlights of the weekend included the achievement of individual high points from the following swimmers.

  • 8 and Under Thandie Antoine and Miles Andrew
  • 9 – 10 Sapphire Parks and Nathan Lewis
  • 11 – 12 Amara Reece and Noah Dorville
  • 13 – 14 Fayth Lubrun and Leo Gillmore
  • 15 – 17 Naima Hazell and D’Andre Blanchard
  • 18 and Over Kristin Deason and Shaquil Flavius

At the conclusion of the meet, Seajays Swim Club emerged victorious, winning the 2023 Independence Swimming Championships with combined scores of 1294.5 points. Second place overall team scores went to the Lightning Aquatics (940 points), third place Sharks Swim Club (733.5), fourth place Martinique (220 points), followed by Southern Flying Fish (215 points), Longvilliers Club of Lamentin (124), Unattached (66 points) and RHAC (24 points).

The Federation is extremely grateful to the swimmers, officials, and volunteers, for their continued persistence and assistance during this years’ 2023 Independence Championship.