The absence of radio personality and entertainer Devon Matthews from the Carnival scene this year has not gone unnoticed.
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Carter, Martin lead T&T’s Carifta swim hunt
USA-based duo Dylan Carter and Tyla Martin will be among the T&T swimmers to hit the pool this morning in their respective heats when the 22-team, 28th edition of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (Carifta) Swimming Championships splashes off at the National Stadium Pool, Kingston, Jamaica, from 9 am (10 am T&T time).
The aquatics championships, normally known for its activities in the pool with swimming, water polo and synchronised swimming, will see athletes participating outside of the pool in the open sea at Discovery Bay, St Ann, in an Open Water 5K swim on Wednesday.
However, today, Carter of Davie Nadadore Swim club will enter the 15-17 boys 100m butterfly as the top seed with a time of 55.79, ahead of countryman World Junior Swimming Championship qualifier Joshua Romany (56.51), as T&T looks to regain the top regional swimming title it last won in 2010, also in Jamaica. Since then, T&T finished second to Guadeloupe in 2011 and last year was third behind Guadeloupe and host Bahamas.
Last December, Carter, who attends American Heritage and is under the supervision of US coach Alex Pussieldi, won the US Short Course yards junior national titles in the 200 freestyle (1:35.29) and 100 backstroke (47.22) as a 16-year-old, less than four months after moving from T&T.
Martin is the top 15-17 girls qualifier in the same event with a 1:03.81 timing and also in the 200m butterfly and 400m freestyle.
The other top-ranked T&T swimmers ahead of this morning’s preliminary heats is debutant Jeron Thompson in the 11-12 boys 100m butterfly, followed by teammate Kael Yorke.
The water polo segment of the aquatics championship is also expected to get going today. However, up to press time no line-ups were available.
The other countries listed to compete are Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, French Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Netherlands Antilles, Martinique, St Lucia, St Kitts/Nevis, Anguilla, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands.
T&T swimmers in action today and event:
13-17: Syriah David, Theana Hay, Shania David (Girls); Christian Marsden, Kyle Caracciolo, Emiro Goossen
11-12: Vrisnelit Faure, Jessie Changar (Girls); Jeron Thompson, Rhajeev Ramdeen
13-14: Shania David (Girls); Derelle Prescott, Aaron Acres
15-17: Alexandra Donahue, Theana Hay (Girls): Jonathan Ramkissoon, Jeron O’Brien
11-12: Jada Chai, Marissa Dickson (Girls): Jeron Thompson, Kyle Sirju
13-14: Ariel Cape, Jewell Mulraine (Girls): Justin Samlalsingh, Revash Ramtahal
15-17: Rebecca Marshall (Girls); Jabari Baptiste, David Mc Leod
11-12: Jada Chai, Vrisnelit Faure (Girls): Jeron Thompson, Kael Yorke
13-14: Amira Pilgrim, Jewel Mulraine (Girls): Adrian Goin, Aaron Acres
15-17: Tyla Martin, Rebecca Marshall (Girls): Dylan Carter, Joshua Romany
4 x 100 freestyle relay:
11-12: 13-14 and 15-17 boys and girls teams.
T&T swim team:
Girls: Jada Chai, Vristnelit Faure, Jessie Changar, Hannah Chatfield, Mia Otero, Marissa Packette
Boys: Rhajeev Ramdeen, Kyle Sirju, Jeron Thompson, Kael Yorke, Mark Anthony Beckles
Girls: Ariel Cape, Jewel Mulrain, Amira Pilgrim
Boys: Aaron Acres, Adrian Goin, Derelle Prescott, Revash Ramtahal, Osaze Riley, Justin Samlalsingh
Girls: Syriah David, Alexandria Donahue, Theana Hay, Kristin Julien, Rebecca Marshall, Tyla Martin
Boys: Jabari Baptiste, Dylan Carter, Jonathan Gillette, Emiro Goossen, David Mc Leod, Jeron O'Brien
Jonathan Ramkissoon, Joshua Romany
Technical team: Edmund Pouchet (head coach), Hazel Haynes (assistant coach), Vincent Tardieu (assistant coach), Brian Wickham (assistant coach), Sharntelle Mc Lean (assistant coach), Roxanne Marcano (chaperone), Natasha Lyder-George (chaperone), Jason Wickham (chaperone), Neal Marcano (manager), Kevin Mc Intyre (massage therapist), Nadine Sammy (psychologist).
Water Polo team:
Adam Alexis, Joseph Herrera, David West, Kryztien Sharpe, Massimiliano Di Cola, Kiev Alleyne, Keegan Forde, Liam Smith, Keanan Charles, Luke Gillette, Ethan Elliott, Liam Howell, Andrew Gillette, Sheldon Bhanwanie (manager), Alan Too-A-Foo (coach).