Blue Dolphins Swim Club’s (BDSC) Zarek Wilson copped double gold when the second night of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) National Long Course Swimming Championships concluded at the National Aquatic Centre in Balmain, Couva on Thursday.
Wilson, a shoo-in for selection on Team TTO for Carifta 2020, sprinted to the gold medal in the Boys 13-14 50m butterfly before claiming the 400m individual medley (IM) that closed the second night of the five-day meet, the deadline for qualification for Carifta.
Wilson first surged to victory in the shorter one-lap event in 26.57 seconds before grinding out a triumph in the longer medley event in four minutes, 58.73 seconds. Each time, he finished just ahead of rival Nikoli Blackman (27.07 & 5:00.59) of Marlins. Ahead of Carifta, Blackman is also expected to lead a TTO selection to the UANA Age Group Championships in Peru next week.
Although not eligible for Carifta duties—Carifta caters to swimmers in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 age groups—Sea Hawks Swim Club’s SHSC) Netania Edwards also registered a couple of wins in the Girls 9-10 age-group. First, she hacked up in the 100m butterfly in 1:22.33. Then, not too long after, she was again in winners’ row for the 200m freestyle when she stopped the clock in 2:42.78.
In the boys 9-10 edition, Rylan Thomas of Marlins also did the double, topping the 100m butterfly (1:17.56) while taking gold in the 200m freestyle in 2:30.83. In the 50m ‘fly finals, Tidal Wave Aquatics’ (TWA) Atiyah Walker (31.50) and RWB Academy’s Giovanni Rivas (29.80) claimed top honours, a feat replicated by TWA’s Neshelah Caseman (30.09) and De Nicha Lewis of Flying Fish Swim Club (29.53) in the Girls 13-14 and 15-17, respectively.
SHSC’s Aqeel Joseph (25.91) and BDSC’s Christian Awah (24.85) romped to wins in the Boys 15-17 and 18 & over versions of that event.
In the endurance-sapping 400m IM events, Point Fortin Aqua Darts’ Cayann Sellier (6:111.22), Marlins’ Zoe Anthony (5:27.31 and her teammate Jada Chatoor (5:33.55) all bagged gold in the Girls 11-12 , 13-14 and 15-17 categories.
Meanwhile, Anthony’s brother Zachary (5:28.15), Atlantis Aquatics’ Marqise Nelson (5:18.32) and BDSC’s Josiah Parag (4:56.22) climbed the top level of the medal rostrum for the Boys 11-12, 15-17 and 18 & over divisions. The meet continued last night with the finals of the 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke events.