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First St. Lucian Grand Prix Meet

 
 

FIRST ST LUCIAN GRAND PRIX MEET

 

 

The 1st Lucian Grand Prix Swim Meet held over the weekend 7th to 9th December 2012 concluded as a huge success.  The RACERS Swim Club organized a well run competition under the sanction of the St Lucia Amateur Swimming Association.  

 

The Grand Prix is designed to get our local swimmers prepared mentally and physically to perform at a higher level where they could improve their times in the second swim.  The only swimmers going to the Finals each evening of each day were the top 8 in each age group.  Awards were present to the top three swimmers in each event and 1st place and runner up high point medals.  

The idea of the meet was to swim in the format of larger international swim competitions such as CARIFTA, CISC, CCCAN, World Championships and Olympics.  All of these meets have heats in the morning sessions and finals in the evening sessions.

 

Three national Age group Records were set by

 

Female 8 & Under 100 Breast

1:59.41 by  Jorja Medrick                      RACER

 

Male 9-10 50 Free

30.87  by  Ethan Dyke-Elliott                SJ'S

 

Male 9-10 200 IM

2:58.84 by  Ethan Dyke-Elliott                   SJ'S

 

 

 

The High Point Winners in each age group were: 

 

10 & Under Girls

Place         Name              Age           Team                        Points

 1        Sade Joseph,          10      Sea Jays Swim Club            59

 2        Maya Hilaire,          9       Sharks, St. Lucia                 51

 

10 & Under Boys

Place         Name                Age            Team                          Points

 1       Ethan Dyke-Elliott,  10       Sea Jays Swim Club          63

 2       Terell Monplaisir,     10      Sea Jays Swim Club          49

 

 

11-12 Girls

Place      Name                     Age         Team                    Points

 1        Mikaela Casimir,       12       Racers Swim Club        53

 2        Katelin  Samuel,        11       Sharks, St. Lucia          52

 

11-12 Boys

 

 1      Nicholas McLennon     12        Racers Swim Club         63

 2      Devin Boodha,              11        Racers Swim Club         58

 

13 & Over Girls

 

 1       Bailey Spiegelberg,      15          Sharks, St. Lucia          48

 2       Joseete Philogene,        16           Racers Swim Club       47

 

13 & Over Boys

 

 1       Jyasi Daniel,                 13             Sharks, St. Lucia            59

 2       Anthony Francois,        15             Racers Swim Club         57

 

 

The competition was stiff in all the age groups as swimmers moved up in some cases to compete against the athletes they will join for the next calendar year.  This motivated the swimmers to raise their level. Many personal best times were seen over the three days of competition.  Another major difference was giving swimmers a second chance by going to finals.  This was only in the 11-12 and 13 - over age groups for this year.  All 10 and Under swimmers swam Timed Finals.

 

Many RACERS swim club parents helped officiate and also learn areas of running a competition from organization to officiating in the computer room and on deck as timers.  By all accounts the meet ran smoothly and concluded on a high note.

 

Sponsors were sought to offset the cost of awards and decorations.  The club is deeply indebted to the sponsors and sincerely thanks them for their support. The sponsors are:  Caribbean Metals, Diamonds International, Baywalk Mall, Crystal Clear Water, Ferrands Food Products, Consolidated Foods Limited, Cox and Company, Worrell Dentistry, Kirby James:Shelldown Sound System, Bryden's And Partners Recaii's Wholesale, Atwell Dalgliesh And Company, Bay Gardens Hotel, Harris Paints Ltd, Digicel, Caribbean Smiles, J. E. Bergasse and Co. Ltd., Christine and John Manion-Reiss, Windward and Leeward Brewery, The Lime Restaurant and Bar, Key Largo, Shell Gros Islet, Reliable Tools Rentals, Sunshine Bookstore, Blanchard's Customs Brokerage and Chemicals Supplies Ltd.