Monday, February 19, 2018

Baptiste, Julien star on final evening

Titans take December Invitational


WON TWO GOLDS: Jabari Baptiste

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Titans' Kristin Julien and Marlins' Jabari Baptiste won two golds each on the final night of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) December Invitational Swimming Championships at the Marlins Olympic-sized pool in Westmoorings, Sunday.

Julien and Baptiste scored their victories in the same events-the 100 metres backstroke and 50m freestyle.

Julien, who qualified in the 50m backstroke for the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai next year, won the longer backstroke event for the Girls 15 & over in one minute, 07.36 seconds before claiming gold in the 50m free in 27.94.

Baptiste was the winner of those events in the Boys 13-14 age-group, first in the 100m backstroke in a fast 59.57 seconds before he gained the top spot in the 50m freestyle in 25.01.

The USA-based Tyla Martin was also an impressive winner in the Girls 13-14 100m backstroke, winning in 1:08.59 to secure a Carifta A standard, while the second-placed Ariel Cape of Blue Dolphins achieved a B standard with her 1:12.48 clocking.

Julien and her teammates' effort contributed to Titans becoming the overall champs and dethroning perennial winners, hosts Marlins.

Titans tallied 1091.5 points, well clear of Marlins on 914.5, while Tidal Wave Aquatics occupied third spot (837).