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Fifty-three swimmers from Black Sands Swim Squad (BSSS) competed in the SVG Gallagher Invitational National Swimming Championships from Feb. 22to 25.

They were accompanied by two other teams from SVG, Blue Marlins and the newly formed H2O Lions.

Also attending the competition were 9 swimmers from Barbados’s club Sea Eagles.

Ira Hadley
Ira Hadley.

BSSS won a total of 159 medals during the competition (45 gold, 55 silver and 59 bronze).

Two national records were broken by BSSS swimmers at the meet.

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In the boys 15 & over age group, Kenale Alleyne broke the 50m freestyle record in a time of 23.58 seconds.

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Kenale Alleyne.

In the girls 15 & over age group, Kevern DaSilva broke the 200m backstroke record in a time of 2:37.25.

Ira Hadley dominated the girls 8 years and under age category by winning herself the trophy for overall age group champion and also the trophy for the Sprint Challenge.

Kennice Greene showed dominance in the girls 15 years and over age category, also winning both the Overall Champion and the Sprint Challenge.

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Kennice Greene.

Record breaker Kenale Alleyne secured the sprint challenge trophy for his age group and Boys 15 years and over swimmers Matthew Ballah and Eltontè Leonard ended the competition, becoming joint winners of the Overall Champion trophy, tying for the top spot.  

SVG’s up and coming Para swimmers Anniah John and Kentreal Kydd also competed and made considerable improvements to their times.

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Eltontè Leonard and Matthew Ballah.

“It was a great way to start the first of many competitions for 2024,” BSSS Head Coach Kyle Dougan said.

“Congratulations to all BSSS swimmers that took part, especially our new younger swimmers, of which some were competing for the very first time. Congratulations to Blue Marlins Swim Club for winning the top performing club showing the strength and depth of their team. I continue to be very proud of all BSSS swimmers and the efforts of the coaching staff and we look forward to another great year of competition,” he said.