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Wilson impresses at ‘Long Course’

By BY Mark Pouchet

Atlantis Aquatics Zarek Wilson shattered the Boys 8 & under 100m freestyle record yesterday as the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) National Open Long Course Swimming Championships continued. 

At the Marlins Aquatics Olympic-sized pool in Westmoorings, Zarek splashed to a 1:10.06 timing which bettered his own 1:12.11 second effort at the ASATT National Age Group Long Course Swimming Championships in March.

It was the higlight swim of the morning prelims of the third day of the meet. On Friday, Wilson won three events including the Boys 10 & under 50m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

In the senior events, the Boys 11 & over 100m freestyle, the curtain-dropping event of the night, proved an exciting contest which 24 -year-old Strassar Sankar of Petrotrin Barracudas  just managed to hold off 17-year-old David Mc Leod, Sankar getting his hand to wall ahead in 53.67 to Mc Leod’s 53.78.

Mc Leod also grabbed the Boys 11& over 50m backstroke in 27.74 ahead of Marlins Jabari Baptiste in 28.01 and the Boys 11 & over 200m IM in 2:22.39. 

Kristin Julien of Areios Aquatechs also secured double gold when she won the Girls 11 & over 50m backstroke in 30.65 ahead of Blue Dolphins Ariel Cape 32.90. Julien easily won the 100m free in 1:01.21 with Tidal Wave Aquatics (TWA) in 1:03.87.

David was the champion in the Girls 11 & over 800m fresetyle in which she clocked 9:45.88. The Boys 11 & over winner of the 800 M free was Maelins Graham Chatoor in 9:39.48. 

Julien’s teammate Vrisnelit Faure claimed the Girls 11 & over 200m breaststrokwe in 3:00.99, while Mc Leod’s elder brother Abraham mounted the top rostrum of the medal podium, in the Male edition of the event, winning in 2:33.24.

In the 100m butterfly events, Baptiste and Atlantis Aquatics Jada Chai won the Boys and Girls 11 & over events in 58.43 and 1:08.69. Centre of Excellence Sea Hawks Joshua Ramkissoon qualified for the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) in 59.31 for the Boys 15-17 100m fly during Thursday’s preliminaries. His teammate Theana Hay claimed the Girls 11 & over 200m IM in 2:39.12.

The Championships is a qualifier for the CAC Games, Commmonwealth Games and World Junior Championships as well as the deadline for the CISC Games in Barbados from June 28 to July 7. 

ASATT will select the CISC team tomorrow following the completion of the four-day meet.

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