Blue Marlins swimmers. From left: Kennice Greene, Jayson Sandy, Bryson George, Tristan Ballah and Kenale Alleyne.

Five swimmers from Blue Marlins Swim Club participated in the 24th Annual Aquatic Centre International Swim Meet was held at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Barbados from June 5-7.

They are Kennice Greene, Jayson Sandy, Tristan Ballah, Bryson George and Kenale Alleyne.

Sandy won a gold medal in the boys 8 and under 50 metre breaststroke. He competed in the fastest heat in his seven events, and in addition to setting seven personal best times, Sandy finished in the top 10.

This success comes on the heels of his silver medal in the 100 metre breaststroke in St. Lucia two months ago.

“Jayson recently started competitive swimming. He returned to the sport after a two-year absence and in a matter of months he has made remarkable progress,” said Blue Marlins coach, Niesha Alexander.

Meanwhile, in the boys 9-10 age group, George finished the weekend with three top 10 times and Kenale Alleyne had one. In the girls 8 and under category, Kennice Green also ended with three top 10 times.

All five swimmers set personal best times at the meet.

“I’m very pleased with the swimmers’ performance, considering that the Shrewsbury pool was closed for expansion and they were unable to use it for seven weeks prior to the competition,” the coach said. She added that this was the first time that four of the swimmers were competing in a 50 metre pool, but they were not intimidated by its size.

Twenty swim clubs from five countries battled each other over the three days of competition.