MoBay’s SailFish Academy takes western swim meet

July 09, 2019
Mark Martin (left), representative of event sponsor Milo, with the top three finishers in the 13 and over 100m freestyle. Leanna Wainwright, (second right) of SailFish took gold, while teammate Deanna Norris (right) copped silver. Bronze went to Kiana Mullings of Y-Speedos.
Mark Martin (left), representative of event sponsor Milo, with the top three finishers in the 13 and over 100m freestyle. Leanna Wainwright, (second right) of SailFish took gold, while teammate Deanna Norris (right) copped silver. Bronze went to Kiana Mullings of Y-Speedos.

Host SailFish Swim Academy claimed its first hold on the Western Invitational Swim Event at WesPow Park last Saturday, with a narrow one-point win over three-time champions Y-Speedos Swim Academy

SailFish won with 200 points from Y-Speedos' 199 points, with a third-place finish for Montego Bay's Blue Marlins Swim Club with 55 points.

Rounding out the top five were Royals Swim Club with 54 points and Aqua Marine Ripples with 46 points.

Coaches of the host team, Adolfo Morales and Yumi Morales, were proud that the team was able to secure its first win in the fourth edition of the competition.

They commented on the improvement of the swimmers and the development of the sport in rural Jamaica.

The event showcased 180 swimmers from across the island, featuring 20 teams comprising of 10 schools and 10 swim clubs.

The event saw competition in events ranging from the hotly contested 25m pool noodles event, won by Khloe Murray of Y-Speedos in a time of 36.95, to the 200m medley relays won by Kingston College in 2:27.16.

FALLING RECORDS

The rain did little to cool the competition's heat as championship records fell through the course of the day in individual events.

Starr Crooks, Benjamin Davis, Leanna Wainwright, Xander Sandcroft, Mia Cunningham, Waldon McIntosh, Jaleel Samms, Leanna Wainwright, Joel Sinclair, and Rhys Hunter all had meet records.

Relay records were broken by SailFish in the 9 to 10 mixed free relay in a time of 1:07.19 with swimmers Nia-Kai Campbell, Talon Longmore, Khalifa Somere-Dehaney and Marly Hessing. SailFish also took the 11 to 12 mixed free relay in a time of 57.89 with swimmers Starr Crooks, Benjamin Davis, Lorren-Ann Patterson and Nathan Wright.

Impressive performances were seen from swimmers such as six and under competitor Joel Sinclair from Royals Swim Club, who won the high point trophy and copped two meet records.

Jaleel Samms from Campion College was unstoppable and also won the high point trophy for his category.

However, Wainwright of SailFish was arguably the most impressive, fresh off her Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships pursuits, securing four meet records and the high point trophy for the 11 to12 girls category.

- K.A.

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