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Wilson leads T&T to 7th in USA
Zarek Wilson copped eight medals, inclusive of two golds as T&T swimmers ended in seventh spot when the three-day inaugural Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) Swimming Cup ended at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Miami, Florida, USA on Sunday night.
Wilson, who competes locally for the St Clair-based Blue Dolphins Swimming Club topped his boy 11-12 age-group capturing the High Point trophy with 61 points after he added two silver and four bronze medals over the three days of competition beating Brazilian Joao Pierre Campos (54) and Mexico’s Emiliano Moreno Viera (40 points) into second and third respectively.
Last Friday, when the competition splashed off Wilson raced home in 27.32 seconds to pick up a silver medal in the 50m freestyle Time Finals to finish behind Campos (26.57 seconds) while his countryman Vitor Pelissari took bronze in 27.44.
Earlier on he won his first medal of the three-day meet, a bronze in the 400m freestyle in four minutes, 33.49 seconds clocking, well adrift of Campos (4:21.80 minutes) and runner-up Viera of Mexico, who stopped the clock in 4:26.34.
His other bronze came in the 200m individual medley when he touched the wall in two minutes, 32 seconds flat behind Viera (2:28.81) and Brazil’s Joao Pedro Afonso (2:29.07).
On Saturday, Wilson returned to action and swam to his first gold medal of the meet and the first by a swimmer from the English-speaking Caribbean when he won the 100m backstroke in one minute, 07.63 followed by Mexico's Nangullasmú Arellane (1:08.80) and Colombia's Simon Bermudez (1:11.08).
He ended the night with six medals after two days of competition by adding bronze in the 100m butterfly (1:03.48) and 200m freestyle (2:09.05).
Kael Yorke was T&T's other medal winner on Saturday as he too picked up a bronze in the 15-17 boys 100m butterfly in 56.53 seconds while countryman Luke Gillette was 15th in 1:01.99 minutes..
And on Sunday, Wilson made swam to his second gold, when he raced home in the 50m backstroke in 30.20 seconds well ahead of Mexico’s Arellane (31.80) and Colombian, Simon Bermudez (32.83)..
He also picked up a silver in the 100m freestyle in 58.30 seconds behind Campos (56.57) with Viera (59.46) third.
The other T&T medal winners on the final day of competition were Kael Yorke and Zoe Anthony.
Yorke had to settle for silver in the 15-17 Boys 50m butterfly in 25.52 to trail Mexico’s Guillermo Zuniga (24.95) with Curacao’s Mauricio Payne third in 25.74 for his second medal overall while Anthony, who was the fifth best swimmer in her 11-12 Girls Age-Group touched the wall in 32.44 seconds in the 50m butterfly for bronze, just shy of Paraguay’s Astrid Caballero (31.42) who took silver. Mexico’s Sofia Perez won in 30.14.
Overall, T&T with its 11 medals won (two gold, three silver and six bronze) amassed 156 points for seventh best and third among Caribbean nations.
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