Pirates plunder swim meet medals

Hannah Gill
Hannah Gill

Pirates Swim Club is reinforcing why head coach Abdul Sharif was recently recognized as Coach of the Year by the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association.

At the National Long Course Championships currently underway at the Aquatic Centre in Wildey, Pirates have been the most visible team stepping up on the podium over the past three days.

Opening night saw a sweep of the medals in the 13-14 girls’ 800 metres freestyle with Hannah Gill, Alexis Clarke and Kai Proverbs going 1-2-3. Gill and Clarke were also the only swimmers of the evening to achieve a CARIFTA qualifying time.

In the 11-12 boys’ 1500 metres freestyle, it was another total domination by Pirates with Luis Sebastian Weekes, Jack Kirby and Kobi Talma finishing at the top. Teammates Rebecca Lashley and Nicholas Hall took silver and bronze in the 11-12 and 13-14 age groups of the same events. Also medalling was Jessica Templeton in the 9-10 girls 100 metres butterfly.

On day 2 the Pirates’ 11-12 girls’ and boys’ set the stage early on, leaving the pool with five of six possible medals in the 200 metres individual medley event. McKayla Treasure, Rebecca Lashley and Margaux Harvey-Read did the honours in the girls’ events while Weekes touched the wall five seconds ahead of Alpha’s Damon St. Prix in the boys’ event to take gold. Jack Kirby settled for the bronze. Alexis Clarke and Hannah Gill continue to own the girls’ 13-14 age group having shared gold and silver between them in six of the first seven events.

Kai Proverbs also of Pirates took gold in the 50 metres breaststroke event and silver went to Alexis Clarke. National swimmer Christian Selby also of Pirates, is competing for the first time in the 15-17 age group where he has won each event he has competed in for the meet.

Nicholas Hall and Dylan Clarke have added to the medal count for the Pirates’ senior swimmers while junior swimmers’ Danielle Treasure, Keilani Talma, Jessica Templeton, Jaden Little and Harry Maguire also returned to the medal podium regularly.

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