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Mya and Jamie

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Barbados hosted their annual PowerAde Short Course national championships from Dec. 6 – 11 and youngsters Jamie Joachim and Mya Defreitas from St Vincent and the Grenadines swam representing their club Black Sands Swim Squad.

Both swimmers made it onto the medal podium.

Jamie Joachim followed the family tradition and swam herself to two bronze medals and numerous personal best time.

She swam an impressive 200m freestyle in 2 minutes 58 seconds, smashing her personal best time by over 20 seconds to claim one of her two bronze medals.

Rising swimming star Mya Defreitas swam an outstanding race in the 400m freestyle in 5 minutes 17 seconds. Not only did this win Defreitas a silver medal but the the time achieved also qualifies her for the 2017 CARIFTA swimming championships to be held in the Bahamas.

Their coach, Kyle Dougan commented: “Both girls swam extremely well in their last competition for 2016. Jamie Joachim is proving that she has all the capabilities to match the swimming success of her older siblings and Mya Defreitas should feel extremely proud of her results. Swimming a Carifta qualifying time in her first year of the 11-12 years age group is a fantastic achievement.”

He went on to congratulate swimmers, Tavontè Ford and brothers Samari and Tyrell Raguette who represented Bequia United Swimming Club. Tavonte won 8 silver and 1 bronze medal whilst the Raguette brothers brought home 1 gold 2 silvers and a bronze medal.

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