Friday, December 15, 2017

Marlins 2nd at St Lucia meet


TEAM EFFORT: Members of Marlins Aquatics, at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre (RHAC) in St. Lucia, last Sunday.

Mark Fraser

Marlins Aquatics Club placed second at the Rodney Heights Annual Centre (RHAC) International Invitational Swim Meet that concluded in St Lucia Sunday.

With a team of 21 young swimmers comprising mostly those in the 10 & under categories, Marlins (794 pts) placed second by a mere 18.5 pts, with Grenfins Swim Club of Grenada claiming the top spot in the combined team scores.

Marlins competed amongst some of the top clubs in the region at the four-day competition, including 327 swimmers representing swim clubs from Barbados, St. Vincent, Grenada, Anguilla and host country St Lucia.

Among the individual performers were Victoria Gillette who won the high point trophy in the Girls 9-10, Zoe Anthony the top performer in the girls 8 & under and her younger brother Zachary Anthony, who finished tops in the boys 6 & under.

Other podium performances included teammates Nikoli Blackman and Akil Phipps who placed second and third overall in the boys 8 & under.

Gillette also went on to cop first place trophy in the Sprint Challenge in Girls 10 & under category while Anthony (Zoe) broke five meet records and brother Zachary established six meet records. Blackman also wrote his name into the record book three times.

This is the second time that Marlins have sent a team to St Lucia to compete at this annual swim meet after placing fifth overall in their maiden appearance last year.

The team, managed by Bertram Blackman and coached by Marlins head coach Laura Goodman and 10 & Under coach Maurice Faria, returned from St Lucia Tuesday night.