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The SVG Swimming Federation (SVGSF) hosted its annual SVG Gallagher National Swimming Championships Aug. 24to 27at Shrewsbury Aquatic Centre

This event served as the primary basis for the selection of the national team to compete at the OECS Swimming Championships in St Lucia, Nov. 10 to 12.

The overall club champions were Black Sands Swim Squad with 1,306 points. In second place was Blue Marlins with 1,277 points. Solid Base swim club from Grenada placed third and Pirates swim club from Barbados was in 4th place while Grenfins swim club from Grenada was 5th. Black Sands won a total of 177 medals (74 gold, 57 silver and 46 bronze) while Blue Marlins won 126 medals (42 gold, 45 silver and 39 bronze).

Outstanding individual performances were:

  • Alexander Joachim, swimming in male age 15 & over for Black Sands – 12 gold medals in 12 races, 7 national records and 10 personal best times in his 12 races.
  • Tyler Robinson, swimming in Boys 11 to 12 for Black Sands – 12 gold medals in 12 races and 12 personal best times.
  • Belle Adams, swimming in girls 9 to 10 for Blue Marlins – 12 gold medals in 12 races and 10 personal best times.
  • Matthew Ballah, swimming in Boys age 13 to 14 for Black Sands – 11 gold medals, 1 bronze medal in 12 races; 3 age group records, 1 national open record and 9 personal best times.
  • Tayeah St Hilaire, swimming in the girls 11 to 12 for Blue Marlins – 10 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in 12 races; 2 age group records and 11 personal best times.
  • Caghry Williams, swimming in the boys 9 to 10 for Blue Marlins – 8 golds and 4 silvers in his 12 races; 6 personal best times. 

There were 34 individual swimmers who won multiple medals. Complete results and scores are attached.

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A total of 20 SVG records were broken with 7 by Alex Joachim, 3 by Matthew Ballah and 2 by Tayeah St Hilaire, 2 by Eltonte Leonard and 1 each by Zariel Nelson, Abigail Deshong, Kennice Greene, Saj Caesar, Kione Deshong and Brandon George. 

The individual age group champions were:

Age groupNamePointsClub
Girls 8 & UnderEvie Twum-Barimah76Grenfins, Grenada
Boys 8 & UnderMateo Thomas86Solid Base, Grenada
Girls 9 to 10Belle Adams108Blue Marlins
Boys 9 to 10Caghry Williams100Blue Marlins
Girls 11 to 12Tayeah St Hilaire103Blue Marlins
Boys 11 to 12Tyler Robinson108Black Sands
Girls 13 to 14Rhonyah Jack77Blue Marlins
Boys 13 to 14Matthew Ballah105Black Sands
Girls 15 & OverAbigail Deshong75Black Sands
Boys 15 & OverAlexander Joachim108Black Sands

The sprint challenge winners were:

Age groupNameClub
Girls 8 & UnderEvie Twum-BarimahGrenfins, Grenada
Boys 8 & UnderMateo ThomasSolid Base, Grenada
Girls 9 to 12Tayeah St HilaireBlue Marlins
Boys 9 to 12Tyler RobinsonBlack Sands
Girls 13 & overKennice GreeneBlack Sands
Boys 13 & overMatthew BallahBlack Sands

“The SVGSF congratulates all swim clubs and their athletes on their performances at our national championships. Most swimmers saw improved personal best times. We encourage our athletes and coaches to keep up the hard work as we prepare for the upcoming OECS Swimming Championships in St. Lucia,” a press release said.