By Admin. Updated 5:55 a.m., Thursday, August 25, 2022, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Blue Marlins Swim Club dominated the junior divisions in the National Gallagher Swim championship which ran from August 18 to 21, 2022.
According to a press release from the club, Blue Marlins’ junior swimmers captured six individual titles as well as winning four of the sprint challenges.
The National Gallagher Swim championship saw participation from several local swim clubs including Blue Marlins Swim Club, Black Sands Swim Club, and the Rising Stars Swim Club in the various strokes including backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley.
Several unattached swimmers also competed in the championship.
When the curtains closed on the championship, Blue Marlins proved themselves to be a force to be reckoned with, having swept both the boys and girls individual titles in the 8 and under category. Blue Marlins’ Taj Henry claimed the boys title with Tru Matthias placing second and Saj Caesar third. In the 8 and under girls category, Skylar Byron won the title while her teammates Kmar Rose and J’Nyah Rose placed second and third, respectively, the press release stated.
The press release also stated:
The sprint challenge in the 8 and under category in the boys division was won by Taj Henry while Skylar Byron took the title in the girls division.
Blue Marlins also did the double in the 9-10 categories. Jadon Hamilton who had a remarkable performance won the individual boys title and broke two records – the 100m and 200m backstroke. Caghry Williams placed second in this category. In the girls division, Belle Adams won the individual title and Rolene Sam placed second. Hazen Dabriel secured both the boys 11-12 individual title as well as the boys 9-12 sprint challenge title. Tayeah St.Hillaire won the girls 11-12 individual title while Zaryah Samuel placed third. The girls 9-12 sprint challenge was also won by Tayeah St.Hillaire.
Malique Mayers was third overall in the 13-14 boys category. Other swimmers who competed and medalled in the event were Ronyah Jack, Frencille Davis, Jod Baker, Aedryon Sam, and Ezron Quashie.
A number of young swimmers Zane Dabriel, Samiyah Jacobs, Saige Jobe, Raya Adams, Darryl Pope, Makenzie Quow,Tezza Sutherland and Sage Williams, competing for the first time, did a fantastic job much to the delight of the crowd. Many of the swimmers also recorded personal best times, the press release added.
Blue Marlins said: “Coaches Tamarah St. Hillaire, Rickydene Alexander, Joselle Williams, and Alyssa Davis are all thrilled at the team’s achievements and pledged their continued support in working to help strengthen the team.”