Tidal Wave Aquatics reigns at bmobile /Torpedoes Swim Meet
Tidal Wave Aquatics was crowned champions of the inaugural Torpedoes Swim Club Long Course Invitational Meet which swam off at the National Aquatics Centre, Couva recently. This first-time tourney was sponsored by communications solutions provider, bmobile.
Led by coach Hazel Haynes, the dominant Tidal Wave outfit amassed a total of 1,184 points and captured the majority of individual awards following two days of intense competition. Marlins SC (596.5 points) were eventual runners-up, Atlantis Aquatics (568.5 points) came in third while Blue Dolphins SC and Point Fortin Aqua Darts completed the top-five.
On their way to the championship title, Tidal Wave’s Anpherne Bernard shattered the National 9-10 Boys 50m breaststroke record by clocking 37.70 seconds, surpassing Josiah Changar’s previous record by 0.39s. Bernard also captured gold in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 200m Individual Medley, followed by two silver and one bronze medal performances.
Joy Blackett, who copped bmobile’s Top Performer award at the Secondary School’s Swim Meet one week prior, maintained her winning form by snaring seven gold medals in the Women’s 11-12 division and contributing a healthy 70 points towards Tidal Wave’s overall score. Credible performances were also produced by Harmoni nelson (Women 8 & Under), Kyle Leera (Men 8 & Under), Amelia Rajack (Women 11–12) and Gabrielle Vickles (Women 13-14) among others.
On her team’s impressive display, Haynes revealed, “This meet gave all contestants a chance to see where they’re at competitively. We are very happy with Anpherne’s record-breaking swim partnered with all our other standout performances. The kids topped the majority of all their contested categories. Our plan is to get as much of our swimmers in prime shape for the final National Long Course which also serves as a Carifta qualifier. Kudos to bmobile for their sponsorship of this meet.”
TSTT’s Manager Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations, Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, was on-hand to present top swimmers with their respective individual and club prizes. One week prior, bmobile was also at the forefront of sponsoring the National Secondary Schools’ Swim Meet.
“We have increased our emphasis on youth development through sport in 2019. This is our second swimming event for the year and we will continue to lend our support to sport in any way. Like bmobile, sport connects us and brings us closer to together as a community and country, by extension. bmobile is driven to invest in sport and the betterment of our citizens,” stated Ramesar-Soom.
Meanwhile, Torpedoes founder, President and coach, Ronald Corke, expressed his sincerest gratitude to the main sponsors for their timely financial intervention. This was their first meet at held at the National Aquatic Centre and the rising club is intent on continuing their pursuit of swim development.
“Altogether a total of 189 athletes came out and participated over the two-day period,” he stated. “It was indeed a success and with the assistance of bmobile. It is our vision to see corporate T&T come on board to support the development of young athletes. Their mandate towards aiding growth in sport aligns with Torpedoes’ goal of nurturing swimmers to reach their full potential.”
The seasoned swim administrator revealed that the club will soon play host to a developmental swim meet in April where budding swimmers will have a chance to assess and evaluate their progress. Having recently rebranded from La Joya Torpedoes Swim Club, Corke remains focussed on instilling a positive change into the sport on a national scale.
“We can only grow from here. We must give the younger ones the opportunity to win. At Torpedoes, we are promoting youth in sport, like bmobile have been doing throughout the swimming community,” he concluded.
1st Annual Torpedoes Swim Club Individual Rankings:
8 & Under Women – 1. Harmoni Nelson (Tidal Wave) 50pts; 2. Katlyn Richards (Atlantis) 44pts; 3. Amariah Capiatha (Marlins) 33pts
8 & Under Men – 1. Kyle Leera 54pts (Tidal Wave); 2. Qadir Lewis 37pts (Flying Fish); 3. Aaron Rajack 34pts (Tidal Wave)
9-10 Women – 1. Keryn Burke 63pts (Atlantis); 2. Alyssa Reid 40pts (Tidal Wave); 2. Anastacia Williams 40pts (Point Fortin Aqua); 4. Cayann Sellier 38pts (Point Fortin Aqua)
9-10 Men – 1. Anpherne Bernard 56pts (Tidal Wave); 2. Christiano Rivas 54pts (Unattached); 3. Liam Roberts 40pts (Piranha)
11-12 Women – 1. Joy Blackett 70pts (Tidal Wave); 2. Amelia Rajack 55pts (Tidal Wave); 3. Amari Ash 51pts (Tidal Wave)
11-12 Men – 1. Giovanni Rivas 115pts (Unattached); 2. Andre Sandy 62pts (Point Fortin Aqua); 3. Khadeem Brathwaite 53pts (Marlins)
13-14 Women – 1. Zoe Anthony 91pts (Marlins); 2. Gabrielle Vickles 57pts (Tidal Wave); 3. Isabella Edwards 47pts (Tidal Wave)
13-14 Men – 1. Marquise Nelson 57.5pts (Atlantis); 2. Josiah Changar 53pts (Marlins); 3. Nikoli Blackman 46pts (Marlins)
15 & Over Women – 1. Gabriella Acosta 57pts (Blue Dolphin); 2. Vrisnelt Faure 49pts (Torpedoes); 3. Jahmia Harley 42pts (Tidal Wave)
15 & Over Men – 1. Malik Nelson 56pts (Atlantis); 1. Josiah Parag 56pts (Blue Dolphin); 3. Gabriel Bynoe 49pts (Tidal Wave)