Hillview College Spartans extended their dominance of the bmobile National Secondary Schools Swim Meet by capturing the Boys Combined Team division for a fourth consecutive year at the National Aquatic Center in Couva last week.
This year’s competition was hosted by Tidal Wave Aquatics and overseen by the Amateur Swimming Association of T&T (ASATT).
Altogether, Hillview’s superior squad of swimmers tallied a golden total of 307 points. Fatima College (252.5 points) climbed one spot higher this time around to finish second overall while St Mary’s College followed closely behind in third (153 points).
TSTT’s Manager Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations, Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, was on-hand at the event and said “Sport is integral to the growth of our young people. At the bmobile Foundation, sport is one of our core pillars alongside culture, education and health. Our investment in developmental swimming over the past 16 years shows our commitment to the moulding of young minds and upright citizens. We are deeply intent on continuing our support for the sport and this nation’s upcoming athletes.”
The Spartans’ 11-year old marine ace, Giovanni Rivas (12 & Under), made light work of his opposition as he swam to victory in the 50m freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly events. His consistency later earned him the bmobile’s exclusive Male Top Performer accolade. Gabriel Bynoe, Jae-Hwa Lee Wing, Nathan Nancoo, Jonathan Abraham, Jalen O’Brien, Loic Seepaul, Adrian Downes, Josiah Hackett, Javed Ghany and Rodney Phillip also racked up precious points to ensure the boys in gold and maroon swept this division.
In the Girls equivalent, Bishop Anstey High of Port-of-Spain (222.5 points) put an end to Holy Name Convent’s (218 points) four-year stranglehold of this category. Rounding off the top three was Bishop Anstey East with 177.5 points. Miracle Ministries’ Joy Blackett (12 & Under) went on to bag bmobile’s Female Top Performer for her golden performances in the 50m backstroke and butterfly, as well as a silver in the breaststroke and bronze in the freestyle.
Spartans coach, Sterling Manchouk, applauded his team’s valiant effort and credited their long hours of training to the unit’s success.
“They are a very dedicated bunch and gave their all today,” he stated. “Winning this title for the fourth consecutive year proves that we’re doing something right, but it also shows the dedication and commitment of coaches, students and parents. Congratulations to Giovanni for his mesmerising work today and to the entire team. We look forward to events like these to showcase our talents as we continue to grow.”
Meet co-ordinator Hazel Haynes was pleased to announce an injury-free and event-filled day. Haynes expressed pleasure with the timely response from schools which ensured a strong turnout of athletes. She also held in high regard the long-term investment from main-sponsors, bmobile.
“The athletes showed great interest and enthusiasm to participate. Events such as these auger well for the production of this nation’s future national representatives. bmobile’s presence here is extremely important, their longevity of investment has and continues to go a long way. We are very privileged to be chosen by bmobile, very grateful and encouraged,” said Haynes.
bmobile Top Performers:
Male – Giovanni Rivas (Hillview); Female – Joy Blackett (Miracle Ministries)
Competitive Division – Individual Rankings:
Girls 15 & Over: 1- DeNicha Lewis (Holy Name Convent) 25pts; 2- Deshor Edwards (San Juan North) 24pts; 3- Jahmia Harley (Bishop Anstey East) 24pts
Boys 15 & Over: 1- Gabriel Bynoe (Hillview) 30pts; 2- Jae-Hwa Lee Wing (Hillview (27pts); 3- Aqeel Joseph (Holy Cross) 26pts. Girls 13-14: 1- Gabrielle Vickles (Bishop Anstey High) 25pts; 2- Neishelah Caseman (St. Francois) 22pts; 3- Arielle Dickson (Providence) 21pts.
Boys 13-14: 1- Kadon Williams (Vessigny) 34pts; 2- Johann-Matthew Matamoro (Trinity East) 25pts; 3- Aaron B. Stuart (Trinity Moka) 23pts
Girls 12 & Under: 1- Joy Blackett (Miracle Ministries) 31pts; 2- Amelia Rajack (Holy Faith Couva) 29pts; 3- Amari Ash (Northgate) 27pts. Boys 12 & Under: 1- Giovanni Rivas (Hillview) 36pts; 2- Andre Sandy (point Fortin) 27pts; 3- Joshua Callender (St. Mary’s) 22pts
Girls Team: 1- Holy Name Convent 140pts; 2- Bishop Anstey P-o-S 110pts; 3- Bishop Anstey East 70pts
Boys Team: 1- Hillview 119pts; 2. Trinity East 110pts; 3. Fatima 93pts
Non-Competitive – Individual Rankings
Girls 15 & Over: 1- Mila Carter (Maple Leaf) 34pts; 2. Cayla Castillo (St. Joseph’s Convent St. Joseph) 26pts; 3. Kyla Hinkson (Bishops Centenary) 21pts. Boys 15 & Over: 1- Jalen O’Brien (Hillview) 36pts; 2. Loic Seepaul (Hillview) 19pts; 3. Zane Adams (Trinity Moka) 18.5pts
Girls 13-14: 1- Natalia Charles (Bishop East) 23pts; 2- Morgan Donawa (St. Joseph’s Convent P-o-S) 19pts; 3- Imani Edwards-Taylor (Bishop P-o-S) 18pts. Boys 13-14 – 1. David Archer (Fatima) 30pts; 2. Nathan Nancoo (Hillview) 24pts; 3. Jonathan Abraham (Hillview) 14pts.
Girls 12 & Under: 1- Tyla Ho-A-Shu (Northgate) 36pts; 2- Kristin George (Vessigny) 21pts; 3- Jaden Briggs (St. Joseph’s Convent St Joseph) 18.5pts. Boys 12 & Under: 1- Evan Gillard-Bruce (St Mary’s) 30pts; 2- Zion Bartholomew (Trinity East) 28pts; 3- Armando Sham Poo (QRC) 25pts.
Girls Team: 1- Bishop Anstey P-o-S 112.5pts; 2- Bishop Anstey East 107.5pts; 3- Holy Name Convent 78pts
Boys Team: 1- Hillview 188pts; 2- Fatima 159.5pts; 3- Trinity Moka 95.5pts
Boys: 1- Hillview 307pts; 2- Fatima College 252.5pts; 3- St. Mary’s College 153pts
Girls: 1- Bishop Anstey High Port-of-Spain 222.5pts; 2- Holy Name Convent 218 pts; 3- Bishop Anstey East 177.5pts.
Co-Ed: 1- Vessigny 139pts; 2- Northgate 87pts; 3- Point Fortin East 82pts