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Titans Swim Club recognises star performers
Titans Swim Club celebrated last season’s achievements at its second annual Carnival Lime held in St Augustine, Saturday. In a simple awards ceremony, Titans recognised its 26 athletes that made national teams last year.
Vice president Wendell Lai Hing expressed satisfaction at the club’s performance and highlighted the victory at the Amateur Swimming Association of T&T’s (ASATT) December Invitational last year as an historic one, as it was the first time in more than a decade the host club Marlins was defeated at this meet. Titans also won the Sea Hawks New Year Splash, the Stingray October Classic, and the Peter Awong Memorial Swim Meet in December.
Amira Pilgrim was recognised at the most outstanding swimmer among the girls in the 12-and-under division. Pilgrim achieved a gold in the 11-12 50m butterfly, silver in the 50m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m freestyle at the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC) in Aruba. She also won gold in the female 11-12 50m butterfly and the 50m freestyle gold, along with a bronze in the 100m butterfly at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Bahamas.
Daniel Jesurum was recognised as the most outstanding swimmer in the boy’s 12-and-under as he was the most dominant in his division at national meets.
Additionally, he won the boy’s eight-and-under 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 4x50 freestyle and the 4x50 medley bronze, at the Goodwill Swim Meet held in Guyana.
In the 13-and-over category, Jonathan Ramkissoon was recognised as the most outstanding male. Ramkissoon won gold in the 15-17 4x100m medley relay, silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke at CISC, missing the national record in the 50m breast by 0.02 seconds.
On the girls’ side, Kristin Julien won the most outstanding female accolade. Julien had a tough year plagued with an injury which occurred during Carifta and ruled her out CISC but she rebounded well when at the ASATT December Invitational she became the first T&T athlete to qualify for the Fina World Junior Championships, which is set for August.
Shenia Clapperton and Osaze Riley were recognised as the most improved female and male, respectively. Melina Marcano was recognised for the best team spirit. A special award was given to the top five athletes who earned awards for the club. Ramkissoon was the top point earner for the club, followed by Pilgrim, Marcano, Kyle Caracciolo and Theana Hay.
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