Championship Meet Propels Two to National Team

VI Championships Launch Two to National Swim Team

(St. Thomas, VI)    Two swimmers – Lindsay Barr of St. Thomas and Michael Dizon-Bumann of St. Croix – qualified for the Virgin Islands National Team this past weekend at the Virgin Islands Swimming Federation’s two-day championship meet. This brings the number of swimmers on the Virgin Islands National Team to 13.

The VI National Team will compete Dec. 2 – 4 in San Juan and will travel to compete in the CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Swimming Championships in the Bahamas April 15-19, 2017.

Members of the St. Thomas Stingrays and the St. Croix Dolphins, 108 swimmers in all, competed Saturday and Sunday at the St. Thomas Aquatic Center on St. Thomas.

“It was one of the most competitive swim meets we have ever held,” said John Vasbinder, executive director and head coach of the St. Thomas Swimming Association. “The kids were having a ball.”

In addition to achieving VI National Team qualifying times, several swimmers set individual and relay records.

St. Thomas Stingrays Ky Odlum, Max Wilson, Fion Hughes, Audrey Moore and Lindsay Barr set individual records, as did St. Croix Dolphins Kaeden Gleason and Matthew Mays. A list of the top three high point winners in each of five age groups is attached.

Stingray Cooper Bared, 8, was all smiles as he climbed out of the pool after placing first in his freestyle heat. “I’ve been practicing a long time, well, not a long time. Three practices a week for 3 weeks,” he admitted.

Jaidan Camacho, 12, a St. Croix Dolphin, placed first in his 50-meter freestyle heat. He and his family spent the weekend enjoying St. Thomas by visiting Coral World and having lunch on St. John. Jaidan’s father, Davidson Charlemagne, said the family would probably visit Magens Bay before going home to St. Croix.

Three VI National Team swimmers, J.J.Washash (St. Croix), Caylee Watson (St. Croix) and Greg Penny (St. Thomas) will compete in the World Championships in Windsor, Canada Dec. 6 - 11.

The St. Thomas Swimming Association (STSA) is a non-profit 501©3 organization committed to providing and promoting competitive and recreational swimming and water safety programs to its members and all members of the community. For a schedule of swimming classes, rates and team membership, please call the STSA at (340) 779-7872.


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