Y-Speedos impress at T&T Swim meet
Y-Speedos coach, Julian Millwood, said their impressive 38 medal haul at the recent Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad & Tobago (ASATT) Invitational Meet at the National Aquatic Centre, Couva, Trinidad, was a result of their "hunger" to compete and the "maturity" they have gained over time.
Five Jamaican clubs competed, including Swimaz Aquatic, Marlins, Kaizen, and Sailfish Academy. However, it was the Millwood-coached team that shone brightest, ending with 38 medals, including eight gold, 16 silver and 14 bronze, to finish as the top Jamaican club in sixth place with 393.5 point.
"A lot of it (motivation) for my group is this hunger to compete abroad. It is something that we think about when we are training, like what are other teams are doing? How will we compete? How will what we are doing help match us up with others?
"Plus we have a number of persons in the 11-and-over group who are current national squad athletes and previous CARIFTA and CISC athletes, and they brought maturity into the competition. But that is what we are good at Y-Speedos, stepping up to the plate when it comes down to the wire, so if we have championship setting, we
step up," Millwood told The Gleaner.
Although Kaizen's Zaneta Alvaranga was the top female in the 11-12 group, winning all her club's nine medals (five gold, three silver and one bronze). Y-Speedos' Kyle Sinclair took the boys' age 13-14, with two gold, four silver, and four bronze, teammates Naomi Eaton was first in the girls'
13-14 with three gold, four silver and two bronze and Karci Gibson second in the girls' 13-14 with one gold, five silver and bronze. Akeem Alleyne also won two gold, one silver and one bronze.
NEW NATIONAL RECORD
The Marlins' Christanya Shirley came third in the girls' 9-10 group after taking one gold, two silver and one bronze. Marlins also won gold in the 200m Medley and set a new age-group national record of 2:05.52 in the 200m freestyle relays on the final day, with the quartet of Saidah Brown, Kokolo Foster, Giani Francis and Christanya Shirley.
It was also a record haul of 59 medals for Jamaica, with their previous best being 19 in 2016. The four-member Marlins team were 12th with 137 points and the recently formed Kaizen ended in 14th with 119 points.
Meanwhile, Millwood added. "We did a really good job in the 13/14 age group ... I attribute a lot of it to maturity. Our 11-12 age group learnt a lot and got to see a lot of things the coaches have been emphasising. But in terms of gathering best times and executing what we practised in training, they surpassed expectations and represented well," she said.