Yorke breaks 1st record at Invitational

By Mark Pouchet

Tidal Wave Aquatics’ (TWA) Kael Yorke sped to the first record of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) December Invitational Swimming Championships at the Marlins Olympic-sized pool in Westmoorings Thursday night.

In the final event, the 200m butterfly, Yorke covered four laps of the pool in two minutes 21.68 seconds, to break his previous mark of 2:23.40.

Earlier in the night, Yorke won two silver medals.

First in the Boys 11-12 400m free, Yorke (4:34.59) was second to Barbadian Luis-Sebastian Weekes of Pirates (4:33.95)

Marlins’ Graham Chatoor (4:48.40) was third.

Yorke also gained silver in the Boys 11-12 50m backstroke when he splashed to a 30.82 time, narrowly defeated by Grenadian swimmer Delron Felix (30.78), while Jeron Thompson of Atlantis Aquatics was third in 30.96.

Pirates’ Margaux Harvey-Read scored a double victory when she won the Girls 11-12 400m freestyle (4:55.01) and the 200m butterfly (2:41.12).

Harvey-Read beat Atlantis Aquatics’ Jada Chai (5:00.69) and Aerios Aquatechs Vrisnelit Faire ( 5:03.09) in the 400m free.

Her teammate Alexis Clarke was also an easy winner in the Girls 13-14 400m free (4:45.21) as was TWA’s Syriah David (4:42.59) in the Girls 15 & over edition.

David also earned another win in the girls 15 & over 200m butterfly (2:34.44).

Barbadian Alex Sobers (4:19.55) of Alpha Sharks Swim Club and Trinidad-based Martiniquan Lance Certain (4:31.61) were the victors in the Boys 13-14 and 15 & over 400m free events.

Among the younger swimmers, TWA’s Jahmia Harley (34.97) blazed to victory in the Girls 9-10 50m backstroke, while Leyton Martin (34.87) of Antigua and Barbuda club Wadadali zipped through for the gold in the Boys 9-10 50m back.

Marlins’ Zoe Anthony edged her rival, Alpha Sharks’ Aza Dunwoody (41.49 to 41.95) to win the Girls eight and under 50m back, while Johann Matthew Matamoros of TWA won the Boys eight and under (41.20) version.

Chai (32.84) climbed the top of the podium in the Girls 11-12 50m back, while Blue Dolphins’ Ariel Cape (32.24) triumphed in the Girls 13-14 edition.

Titans Swim Club’s Revash Ramtahal sped to gold in 29.31 in the Boys 13-14 50m back, while Atlantis Aquatics David Mc Leod (27.24) earned gold in the same event for the Boys 15& over.

Blue Dolphins’ Teresa Otero (2:53.65) and Tariq Ashley (2:15.73) were the first to stop the clock in the Girls 13-14 and Boys 13-14 200m butterfly.

The meet continued last night with the opening ceremony and the 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 4x100m freestyle relay events.

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