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Swimmers go for glory

By Mark Pouchet

David Mc Leod, Kristin Julien, Jada Chai and Justin Samlalsingh were all competing for gold last night, the first night of the 29th Carifta Swimming Championships in Savonetta, Oranjestad. 

Up to press time, finals results weren’t available. But at the Roly Bislik Olympic pool, the four Trinidad and Tobago swimmers were ranked first in their events after the morning preliminaries yesterday. 

Mc Leod, the Youth Olympics standard achiever, splashed one length of the Boys 15-17  50m backstroke in 26.93 to earn lane four in the finals, reserved for the fastest qualifier.

His teammate and fellow Youth Olympic qualifying mark achiever, Jabari Baptiste was third fastest in 28.19.

Another swimmer with an Youth Olympic qualifying mark, Julien was easily the fastest out of the morning prelims when she sped to 30.84 in thw Girls 15-17 50m backstroke while her teammate Ariel Cape was fifth in 32.87. Samlalsingh registered a personal best 28.66 to best all comers in the Boys 13-14 50 m backstroke.

And Chai was strokes ahead of the competition in the Girls 11-12 100m butterfly in 1:08.29. Teammate Vrisnelit Faure qualifued fourtb in 1:11.94. Chai also had a medal shot in the Girls 11-12 50m back when she was third fastest in 32.62 with teammate Jahmia Harley seventh after a 33.75 prelims effort.

Faure and Sabrina David lined up for the finals of the Girls 11-12 200m breaststroke with swims of 3:04.72 and 3:06.10 respectively. T&T were also seeking medals in three of six  relays they were entered in last night , including thw Girls 11-12,  the Boys 13-14 and the Boys 15-17.

Other swimmers with medal winning potential are Baptiste in the Boys 15-17 100m butterfly, fifth in 59.10 and Kael Yorke ranked third in the Boys 13-14 100 m butterfly (1:00.98) The four-day regional age-group swim meet  continues today.

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