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Sharks lead after Day One

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

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Nine-time defending champions Alpha Swim Sharks have surged to the lead after the first day of the Powerade 20th Aquatic Centre International which started Friday night at the Aquatic Centre.
Alpha have 394 points followed by the surging Pirates with 267. Grenfins Swim Club of Grenada are a distant third with 78 points.
Three new meet records were broken on the opening day, two by Alpha’s Damon St Prix.
In the Boys’ nine-to-ten 50m backstroke, St Prix won in 35.51 seconds, and the 200m individual medley (IM) in 2 minutes, 45.66 seconds.
In the same age group, Pirates’ quartet of Jack Kirby, Luis Sebastian Weekes, Kobi Talma and Derek Sparks set a new record of 2:36.77 in the 200m medley relay.
Along with St Prix, there were several double winners. Danielle Titus of Alpha won the Eight-and-Under Girls’ 50m backstroke (43.17) and the 200m IM (3:19.04); Kendi Bynoe won in the nine-to-ten age group in 39.24 and 2:59.74, respectively and Siona Huxley of Sharks, St Lucia, won the 50m backstroke in 32 seconds flat and the 200m IM in 2:44.91.
Christian Selby of Pirates won the 400m free in 4:38.61 and the 200m IM in 2:30.89. Trinidad’s David McLeod of Atlantis Aquatics won the 50 back in 31.59, Selby placed second in 33.78.
Zabrina Holder of Alpha won the women’s 400m free in 4:51.21.
Other winners were Ethan Dyke-Elliott of Sea Jays (43.40) and Alpha Nkosi Dunwoody (3:21.73) in the Boys’ eight-and-under age group; Alpha’s Tiffany Titus (36.74) and Grenfins’ Justin Steele (35.27) won the boys’ and girls’ 50m back in the
11-to-12 age group, while Pirates’ Alexis Clarke (2:46.03) and Alpha’s Alex Sobers (2:38.86) took the 200m IM.
Silverfins’ Kimberley Willoughby stopped the clock in 2:41.16 in the 200m IM while Alpha’s Amara Gibbs won the Girls’ 13-to-14 50m backstroke in 33.22.
Joshua McLeod of Atlantis Aquatics won the 50m back in 27.57 and Pirates’ Russell Oliver the 200IM in 2:26.14 in the Boys’ 15-and-over age group.    
The meet continues at 8:30 a.m. today.