KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; THURSDAY AUGUST 23, 2018 – The 5th Annual FLOW Invitational swimming championships took place at Shrewsbury Aquatic Centre August 16 – 19, 2018, with the Black Sands Swim Squad winning the championship trophy for the 5th consecutive year.
In addition to the Black Sands Swim Squad, from clubs from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and four clubs from St. Vincent and the Grenadines took part.
Carifta 2018 Gold medallist Alex Joachim, set seven 7 national records in the Boys 13 to 14 age group, winning 13 gold medals in the process. He received the Top Boy award in his age class, while his younger sister Jamie Joachim on 5 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Leading the way for the girls was 12-year-old Mya Defreitas, with a total of 13 medals, 6 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze. Her efforts realised 8 new national records in the 11 to 12 years age category, and achieved CARIFTA 2019 qualifying times in five events. Her brother Aaron faced tough competition in the Boys 15 and over category, winning four silver medals and made one of the two qualifying times needed for CARIFTA 2019.
Shane Cadogan who recently returned from the CAC Games in Colombia, established five new national records in the Boys 15 years and over category. He won seven gold medals and secured qualification times for CARIFTA 2019. His sister Paige Cadogan had an impressive haul of eleven gold medals, winning the Top Girl award in the 13 to 14 years age group.
Cruz Halbich swam himself into the national record books, with four new national records in the Boys 15 years and over category. Halbich won 6 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals at the event, claiming the trophy for top boy in his age group.
Top boys age group trophy for the 11 to 12 year category went to Black Sands Jayson Sandy. He won 3 gold and 9 silver medals.
Kathryn Cumberbatch was top girl in the 8 and under, winning 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Other BSSS medal winner swimmers were:
• Abigail Deshong – 2 silver, 3 bronze
• Kevern Dasilva – 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
• Katriel Bailey – 1 gold
• Naira John – 1 bronze
• Tia Gun-Munro – 4 bronze
• Kenale Alleyne – 1 gold, 3 silver, 6 bronze
• Tristan Ballah – 6 gold, 1 silver
• Alexander Cyrus – 1 bronze
• Brandon George – 2 gold, 7 silver, 1 bronze
• Bryson George – 2 gold, 8 silver, 1 bronze
• Dillon Gooding – 1 gold, 1 silver
• Kyle John – 1 silver, 2 bronze
• Tyrese Lewis – 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
• Anwar Medjahed – 1 silver, 2 bronze
• Chayse Roberts – 1 bronze
Black Sands head coach Kyle Dougan said that he was overwhelmed at the results from all of the Black Sands swimmers, whilst also being very impressed with the results from the other clubs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He added that the support from FLOW was fantastic and the help from the parents made the meet a great success.