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KENNICE & BRANDON MOST OUTSTANDING SWIMMERS FOR SVG AT CARIFTA

St Vincent and the Grenadines competed in the 2022 Carifta Swimming Championships which were held in Barbados April 16th to 19th, 2022.

Team Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) had eleven (11) swimmers.

The team comprised Kenale Alleyne, Matthew Ballah, Kevern Dasilva, Brandon George, Bryson George, Kennice Greene, Tia Gun-munro, Jamie Joachim, Eltonique Leonard, Eltonte Leonard, and Zariel Nelson.

The swim team was led by Coach Kyle Dougan.

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The competition featured hundreds of the best swimmers from 18 Caribbean countries including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Bardados, Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana and Haiti.

The St Vincent and the Grenadines Swimming Federation (SVGSF) extends its congratulations to all our young swimmers, for their excellent representation of SVG and SVG swimming.,

Special mention was made to the medal winners which were:

  • Brandon George – Boys age 13 to 14 – 100-meter backstroke – Bronze medal.
  • Kennice Greene – Girls 13 to 14 – 50-meter Freestyle – Bronze medal.
  • Girls 13 to 14 Relay team – 4 x 50-meter Freestyle Relay – Silver medal. The team comprises Kennice Greene, Kevern Dasilva, Zariel Nelson and Jamie Joachim.
 Kennice Greene, Kevern Dasilva, Zariel Nelson and Jamie Joachim…Relay Team with Silver medals.

Kennice Greene was the most outstanding female swimmer. Greene swam in 5 events and made finals in all, which were; Girls 13-14 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 200 IM, 50 Free, and 100 Free. She also set 3 new national records for St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Brandon George was the most outstanding male swimmer. He qualified for four finals, which were; Boys 13-14 50 Back, 100 Back, 50 Breast, and 200 Back. He also set 3 new national records for St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The girls age 13 to 14 relay team were outstanding. Kennice Greene, Kevern Dasilva, Zariel Nelson and Jamie Joachim placed 2nd to Jamaica in the 4 x 50-meter freestyle relay by fractions of a second. They also placed 4th in the 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay and 5th in the 4 x 100-meter Medley relay.  

Ten of our eleven swimmers qualified and swam in the finals.

Nine new SVG national records were set which are:

  • Girls 13-14 100 Free set by Kennice Greene with a time of 1:02.03.
  • Girls 13-14 100 Back set by Jamie Joachim with a time of 1:13.32.
  • Girls 13-14 100 Fly set by Kennice Greene with a time of 1:07.38
  • Girls 13-14 200 IM set by Kennice Greene with a time of 2:41.23.
  • Boys 13-14 50 Back set by Brandon George with a time of 29.93.
  • Boys 13-14 100 Back set by Brandon George with a time of 1:04.62.
  • Boys 13-14 200 Back set by Brandon George with a time of 2:26.65.
  • Boys 200 Free set by Kenale A. Alleyne with a time of 2:05.11.
  • Boys 400 Free set by Kenale A. Alleyne with a time of 4:34.84.

National Team Coach Kyle Dougan stated, “we focused intense training for the 6 weeks leading up to Carifta with a detailed plan for each swimmer to focus on their best events. I am very pleased with the overall results and I believe we can continue to improve our results”.

This is the eighth consecutive Carifta swimming championships in which SVG swimmers have brought home medals. We hope we can continue this streak next year.

The future looks bright and particularly for Matthew Ballah, Eltonique Leonard, Eltonte Leonard and Zariel Nelson who all swam in the first year of their age groups.

The Federation appreciate the support of the National Lottery in helping to fund the swimmers participation at this premier Caribbean competition, and also express thanks to the SVG Olympic Committee for their continued support.

TEAM SVG with Coach Kyle Dougan

We hope that our major financial supporters including the SVG Government through the National Lottery and the SVG Olympic Committee are pleased with the returns on their investments in swimming. We hope they will continue to support us.  

Swimming has a busy time ahead with the upcoming Caribbean Games in Guadaloupe in June, the CCCAN Championships in July in Barbados; the Commonwealth Games in England in July/August and the FINA Junior World Championships in Peru in August/September.

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