Press Release:- The Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre (RHAC) hosted its annual Summer Splash Swim Meet this weekend, Sept 16-18. During the event swimmers from age 6 – 31 gathered from the various swim clubs on the island to enjoy their first competition back from summer break.
Summer Splash as a swim meet is intended to allow swimmers to get back into pace. During the school break from July through September, many families travel, some swim clubs suspend training, or swimmers do not practice as often. This event is geared to “rev up” the swimming fraternity for the OECS Swimming Championship in November.
Overall there were some stunning performances. It is high time to watch the younger swimmers who are gunning for record times. Therron Herrell (Racers, Boys 8 & Under) broke National records in 100 Meter IM, 50 Meter Freestyle, 100 Meter Freestyle, 200 Meter Freestyle, and 100 Meter Butterfly. It must be mentioned that the 100 Meter Freestyle record was last set in 2011 by Ethan Dyke-Elliot. In the same age group, Karic Charles (Lightening Aquatics) broke National Records in the 50 M Breaststroke and 100 M Breaststroke. Keeping with the boys, Terrell Montplasir (SeaJays, Boys 13-14) broke the National Record for 200 M Breaststroke.
Don’t think the boys out-swam the girls during Summer Splash! Naima Hazell (Lightening Aquatics, Girls 9-10) had another outstanding performance throughout the swim meet.
She broke National records in 50 Meter Butterfly which was set back in 2012 plus 100 Meter IM which was set back 2005 by Alana McQuilken! Katie Kyle (SeaJays, Girls 13-14) succeeded in her goal to break the national record in the 200 Meter Butterfly.
While much of the nation was watching Blackheart Football or welcoming Levern Spencer back home, the Swimming Fraternity welcomed the return of two former national swimmers – Marlon and Peter James – as they now take up their coaching caps. Dr Diane Worrell and the RHAC staff are encouraged by the overall event.
The next event at RHAC – National Time Trials – will be hosted by SeaJays Swim Club in mid October. The National team to represent St Lucia at OECS Swimming Championship in November will be selected after this swim meet.