Marlins’ Zoe Anthony struck double gold on the opening night of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) National Age Group Long Course (50m) (NAGLC) championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Balmain, Couva on Wednesday night.
The five-day competition ends on the deadline for qualification for Carifta 2020, scheduled for Barbados next month. On the opening night, the top 13-14 lass registered her golden swims in the 200m breaststroke and 400m freestyle events.
Anthony posted her first winning swim in the 200m breaststroke as she led from start to finish for the four-lap event in two minutes, 58.17 seconds, outclassing the field with Flying Fish’s Daniella Blackman trailing far behind in second (3:18.11) and RWB Academy’s Tyla Ho-A-Shu even further back in 3:20.79.
In the night’s closing event, the 400m freestyle, Anthony also comfortably turned back the competition, dominating in a another front-swimming effort to post 4:46.30. Tidal Wave Aquatics (TWA) Amelia Rajack took the runner-up spot in 5:00.68 with her teammate Gabrielle Vickles grabbing bronze in 5:08.60.
The 200m breaststroke timed finals saw Point Fortin Aqua Darts’ (PFAD) Analee Toussaint (Girls 11-12) cop gold in 3:19.20 with Blue Dolphins Swim Club’s (BDSC) Gabriella Acosta (3:02.51) attaining a medal of the same hue in the Girls 15-17 age group.
YMCA Tobago’s Jacob Cox (2:57.30) took top honours for the Boys 11-12 version of the event with TWA’s Akash Singh (2:45.14) replicating that winning effort in the Boys 13-14 age-group. Marlins’ Kyle West (2:38.63) stroked his way to gold in the Boys 15-17 division.
Atlantis Aquatics’ (AA) Keryn Burke (5:10.50) climbed the top rostrum of the medal podium in the Girls 11-12 400m freestyle while 2019 Pan American Games campaigner Jada Chatoor (4:37.76) distanced herself from the competition for that event, beating her teammate Dominique Nurse-Allen (5:13.18) by a whole lap of the Olympic-sized pool for the Girls 15-17 category.
Paralympian swimmer Shanntol Ince, representing Sea Hawks Swim Club (SHSC), was also golden (5:35.84) in the event for the Girls 18 & over. while RWB Academy’s Giovanni Rivas (4:44.79) outpaced rivals in the Boys 11-12 edition of the race.
BDSC’s Zarek Wilson (4:21.86) also out-swam his rivals in the Boys 13-14 age-group, as did TWA’s Delroy Tyrell (4:29.85) for the Boys 15-17.
Last night, the competition was scheduled to continue with the finals of the 50m butterfly for 11-12 and higher age-groups as well as timed finals in the 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly for the 9-10s.