War wins federation’s swimming invitational as pool records broken

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A total of 15 new records were set in the pool last weekend as War Swim Club emerged winners of the fifth instalment of the Antigua and Barbuda Swimming Federation Invitation for a second straight year.
War amassed a total of 1,330 points to finish ahead of Storm Swim Club that had 1,066 points and Riptide Swim Club that accumulated 830 points. Vipers Swim Club were fourth with 731 points while Marlin, making a return to competition following a short hiatus, finished fifth with 252 points.
Technical Director for the swimming federation,
Edith Clashing, praised the swimmers and the clubs
for turning out for the
invitational, highlighting Marlin for their efforts despite being the smallest team on show.
“Marlin had the smallest team where they only had about 10 swimmers, but we were really happy to see them out and in fact, they had one of their swimmers taking top high-point scoring in the boys’ 13-14 age group with Joshua Edwards from Marlin coming out on top from their team, so we were very happy to see that,” she said. 
One of the highlights of the meet however, was the setting of 15 new national records.
Adrian Karam (boys 7-8), Tivon Benjamin (boys 9-10) and Olivia Fuller (girls 13-14) all set three new records during the meet while Jamie Tranter (boys
six and under) and Hailey Derrick (girls 11-12) each broke two records.  Selah Wiltshire (girls 9-10) and Noah Mascoll-Gomes (boys 18 and over) each broke one record.
Clashing congratulated all of the winners.
“We just want to congratulate all of these high-point winners for the work they would have done and I can almost say that and I don’t want to trump our selection committee but I am almost sure that all of these high-point winners will be finding a point on the OECS team,” the TD said. 
The meet, for the first time since its inception, was held outside of the Antigua Athletic Club, taking place at the Vipers swimming pool located in Langfords.
The feedback, she said, was mostly positive, adding there is some work to be done ahead of the OECS slated for early November.
“The general feedback was good, the conduct of the meet was positive. We had a few hiccups with the food, especially on the first and the second days but we tried to work behind the scenes to solve things. We know we have to do some things differently for OECS because we are going to be working with much larger numbers but we already have plans to meet as a committee to troubleshoot those areas and make the appropriate adjustments so that we can have a more seamless operation when it comes to the OECS,” she said.
The swimming federation is set to select a team for the OECS championships to be hosted here from November 3-11.

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