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Eighteen Black Sands Swim Squad swimmers took part in the Barbados National Swimming Championships, from March 5 to 10 at the 50m Aquatic Centre in Barbados.

It was the Leonard siblings that shone above the rest with 8-year-old Eltonique Leonard winning every event she competed in, bringing home six gold medals.

Her Brother, Eltonté Leonard won five out of the 10 events he competed in, bringing home 5 gold and 5 silver medals in the boys 11 to 12 age group.

Also swimming in that age group was Jayson Sandy, who battled hard to win 3 silver medals.

Siblings Mya and Aaron DeFreitas joined in on the medal success with Mya bringing home 1 gold and 1 silver medal in the very competitive girls 13 to 14 years category and brother Aaron swam his way to winning 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.

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During the five-day competition Mya was able to break three SVG national records in the 13 to 14 years category: 100, 200 and 400 metre freestyle.

Competing without her famous swimming siblings, young Jamie Joachim brought home 1 gold medal in one of the toughest events in swimming: the 200 meter butterfly. Young Joachim also managed to get her name added to the SVG record books by breaking the 11 to 12 years 100 and 400 meters freestyle records.

Another SVG record breaker at the competition was Abigail Deshong. She smashed the 11 to 12 years 100 metres butterfly record by 18 seconds and also brought home 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals.

In the boys 13 to 14 years age group, Bryson George won 1 gold and 4 silver medals and hot on his heels was Tristan Ballah who brought home 2 bronze medals.    

Seasoned swimmer Shane Cadogan put in some great performances and was able to win 3 gold and 4 bronze medals in the boys 15 to 17 age category and in the boys 18 years and over category, Cruz Halbich claimed 1 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medals. Hot on his heels was Kyle “Johnny” John who won 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

In total, the Black Sands Swim Squad swimmers brought home 20 gold, 26 silver and 10 bronze medals.

Other members of the Black Sands team were Adriel Bullock, Brandon George, Tia Gun-Munro, Joseph Hadley, Scarlett Hadley and Anwar Medjahed, who all swam extremely well and formed part of the strong team of 18 swimmers, the club said.