L to R: Coach Elworth and swimmers- Arianna, Khadijah, Kassia, Jaden, and Kurt
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Five Makos Swim Club swimmers started their 2017 swim year with stellar performances at the USVI Birthday Bash Swim Meet month end. It was an open meet where all swimmers competed in mixed age group events.
Competing for team BVI were Jaden Marshall, Khadijah Sampson, Kassia Nichols, Kurt Salapare and Arianna Angus.
Following the meet, coach Elsworth Phillip said he was happy with the way the swimmers performed at the event, simply based on the fact that BVI's young swimmers had an opportunity to compete against older, stronger swimmers in mixed events.
"Meets like this provide an opportunity for our swimmers to compete for better times as they are being pushed by stronger swimmers," Phillip stated.
Makos male swimmers showed great progress where Jaden Marshall swam 43.92” in the 50m breaststroke, beating Kurt Salapare by a small margin of 0.65” to win the event, and not to be outdone by his teammate, Kurt Salapare sprinted to 1:11.08 in the 100 freestyle, the fastest time for a BVI male swimmer in this event.
Khadijah Sampson continues her dominance as the Virgin Islands top 9 to 10 year-old female swimmer by winning three of the four events she competed in.