St Mary’s College and St Joseph’s Convent Port of Spain will be aiming to retain their national titles when they compete against some 52 other secondary schools at the João Havelange Centre of Excellence, Macoya today.
The occasion is the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) Secondary Schools Swim Meet. The competition will be hosted by the Tidal Wave Aquatics of Trinidad and Tobago.
This year 550 swimmers are entered from schools across the country. National swimmers will be putting aside their national colours in favour of school emblems as they vie to lead their schools into winners’ row.
Reigning female champions, St. Joseph’s Convent Port of Spain are expected to be engaged in a close battle with Holy Name Convent who regained the top position in their last meeting last November at the Tidal Wave Secondary Schools Swim Meet.
Meanwhile, St Mary’s will be up against competition not only from arch rivals Fatima College but also from Hillview College, who came within striking range last November. A win by Hillview would be very significant as it would be the first time a school outside of the Port of Spain district would have won a schools swim meet.
Presentation College Chaguanas, who might be better known for their accomplishments in cricket, seem poised to retain the title for the top central school and Bishop’s High School, Tobago, will compete unopposed in the Tobago zone. However in the other two zones, competition for the top spot will be keen.
In the East, St. Joseph’s Convent, St. Joseph will have to ward off challenges from St. Augustine Girls’ High school, Bishop High School East, Trinity College East and the newly crowned East Zone champions, Hillview College, while in the South Zone, Naparima Girls’ High School and Naparima Boys’ College, will both be trying to dethrone south champions, St. Joseph’s Convent San Fernando.
The large number of both individual and school awards will be provided through the sponsorship of TSTT blink bmobile, First Citizens Bank, and Tidal Wave Aquatics.
The march past will take place at 8.30 a.m. and competition begins at 9 a.m.