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Chatoor lowers his 800m FS T&T record
Jada Chatoor of Marlins ended the National Age Group Long Course Championships on a high note by not only being the overall champion of the 13-14 Girls category, but establishing the only national record for at the National Aquatic Centre, in Balmain, Couva, on Sunday.
Chatoor was the holder of the old record of nine minutes, 31.10 seconds which she set in June 2016 representing T&T at the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.
On Sunday, she stopped the clock at 9:24.15 to decimate her old mark, and also established qualifying times for the 2017 Carifta and Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships.
Sibling and Marlins teammate Graham Chatoor won the 15–17 Boys 1,500m freestyle in 17:26.32 minutes and not only qualified for Carifta and CCCAN with this performance, but also qualified for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas which is scheduled for August 2017.
The Chatoor siblings have been undefeated in long distance at the last three national club events at the National Aquatic Centre being the Open Short Course in November, ASAT&T December Invitational and now this National Age Group Long Course.
Zarek Wilson of Blue Dolphins Swim Club made it another three gold medal haul winning the 11-12 Boys 200m backstroke (2:36.19), 100m butterfly (1:07.91) and the 50m freestyle (27.49 seconds), achieving Carifta and CCCAN qualifying times in all three events.as he emerged the overall high point trophy winner for his age group.
Joy Blackett (9-10 Girls), Liam Carrington (Eight & Under Girls), Zachary Anthony (9-10 Boys), his sister Zoe Anthony (11-12 Girls), Aqeel Joseph (13-14 Boys) and Christain Awah (18 & Over Boys) added two gold medals each on the night to their haul while Raven Renee-Toney, Neishelah Caseman, Jahmia Harley, Sabrina David, Reizanne Richards, Jae-Hwa Lee Wing, James Gillette, Aleem Mohammed, Delroy Tyrrell, Siddhi Sieusankar, Regan Allen, Jada Chai, Kael Yorke, Isabella Mendoza, DeNicha Lewis, Amira Pilgrim, Jeron Thompson, Ariel Capeand Reana Bocage all had a win each.
The meet concluded on Sunday night and the Carifta national swimming team is expected to be selected at a meeting of Amateur Swimming Association of T&T today.