Cherelle Thompson


A wave of records broke across the National Aquatic Centre deck as the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) National Open Short Course Swimming Championships concluded Sunday night.

Included the in the marks broken was one of 19 years held by Siobhan Cropper.

After the six broken on the first two nights, ten more were shattered on the final two nights of action.

Amari Ash, swimming unattached, splashed to a new Girls 11-12 mark in the 50m breaststroke when she sprinted to a 34.77-second clocking. It bettered Zoe Anthony’s 2018 time of 36.34.

Cristiano Rivas, the RWB Aquatics swimmer, broke his elder brother Giovanni’s 2018 record when he completed the boys 10 and under 100m butterfly in 1:08.67,

Eagles International’s Cherelle Thompson found herself in esteemed company when she splashed to a 24.89 second 50m freestyle swim in the Girls 11 and over event, establishing a new open record when she became the first T&T female swimmer to go below 25 seconds in the 50m freestyle. She smashed former top swimmer Siobhan Cropper’s 2000 standard of 25.32.

Atlantis Aquatics’ Keryn Burke broke three marks in the Girls 10 and under division on the final day.

First, she improved her own mark in the 50m butterfly from earlier this year (30.95 from 31.37) before she edged Jahmia Harley’s 2013 time of 28.97 seconds in the 50m free (28.83).

Then she beat another Harley mark in the 100m backstroke (1:12.20 from 1:13.75).

Marlins Swim Club’s Zoe Anthony broke the Girls 13-14 and Open record twice in winning the Girls 11 and over 100m individual medley (IM).

Her preliminary swim of 1:09.18 erased DeNicha Lewis’s Girls 13-14 2018 record of 1:10.06 and bettered Kadeja Phillips’ 2011 open standard of 1:09.65.

The national swimmer went faster in the finals, stopping the clock at 1:08.80.

Her teammate Nikoli Blackman registered his third record of the meet in touching third in the Men’s 100m IM in 1:01.68. That time shaved 26 hundredths off Malik Nelson’s 2018 mark.

And YMCA Tobago’s Ornella Walker posted a new Girls 18 & over and Open mark for the 200m backstroke when she stroked to 2:19.47, smashing the 2018 record of rival Jahmia Harley (2:21.72) set last year.

The individual high-point scorers from the National Open Short Course 2019:

Girls 10 & Under

1.Keryn Burke -77 points (Atlantis Aquatics Swim Club)

2.Siena Jagdeo -61 points (Petrotrin Barracudas Swim Club)

3.Ludmilla Guenther -51 points (Flying Fish Swim Club)

Boys 10 & Under

1.Liam Carrington -73 points (Petrotrin Barracudas)

2.Darren Belfon -59 points (Point Fortin Aqua Darts)

3.Anpherne Bernard - 55 points (Tidal Wave Aquatics)

Girls 11 & Over

1.Zoe Anthony-73 points (Marlins Swim Club )

2.Ornella Walker 41 points (YMCA Tobago)

3.Jada Chatoor - 40 points (Marlins Swim Club)

Boys 11 & Over

1.Josiah Parag 75 points - (Blue Dolpin Swim Club)

2.Nikoli Blackman - 56 points (Marlins Swim Club)

3.Cadell Lyons -45 points (Point Fortin Aqua Darts)


The unheralded but inspired West Indies Emerging Players clinched the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup with an emphatic 205-run victory over the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the tournament final at Queen’s Park Oval last night.

The UWI-UNICOM T20 will take on an international flavour this season with three regional teams being invited to take part. Defending champions Queen’s Park Cricket Club will be back to defend their title and will be vying with two teams from Guyana — Georgetown All Stars and Demerara Cricket Club, one from Barbados — Barbados Invitational, as well as some of the top clubs in Trinidad and Tobago for the coveted trophy and the $40,000 first prize purse.

When they get over the shock of Hurricane Hamilton, sober and honest reflection from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force camp should awaken them to the realisation that this 2019 Regional Super50 campaign was an accident waiting to happen.