Press Release:-Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association (SLASA) organized the first swimming competition for the year 2017: a one-day Training Day Meet at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre, last Sunday, 22 January. The event was open all age groups and served to establish seed time for novice swimmers and validate the position of experienced competitors.
Undoubtedly, several of the latter had been hoping to make one or the other AA time in an attempt to qualify for CARIFTA, which is just three months away. However, the Christmas and New Year’s break has left a number swimmer somewhat rusty. Sea Jays seemed to have the least trouble recovering from the break and topped the combined team scores with 666 points, followed by Sharks (578 points), Racers (397 points), Lightning Aquatics Swim Club (302 points), and Southern Flying Fish (109 points).
Relatively few swimmers improved their times; most of them are at the early stages of their competitive career. Some of Saint Lucia’s most seasoned competitive swimmers were not satisfied with their performances on the day. One of them was Terell Monplaisir; while winning all his races, he was disappointed in his times. He is determined to improve his times and regain some national records this year. His most ambitious goal for 2017 is to win a gold medal at CARIFTA. Katie Kyle also shared well-defined personal goals for 2017: breaking under one minute in 100m free style, under 1:04 in 100m fly, and set a record in an international long course championship.
Most swimmers expressed their determination to improve their times further and/or to qualify for regional and international competitions. To assist the development of its in member swimmers, SLASA is in the process of selecting the most talented and committed swimmers for a high performance team that will engage in additional, intense training throughout the year in a drive towards a higher level of performance at international meets.
The next swimming competition on the SLASA calendar is the Independence Swim Meet, carded for Sunday, 26 February, 2017.