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St Prix hot in the water

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

St Prix hot in the water

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CARIFTA standout Damon St Prix left his mark on the National Swimming Championships with a pair of impressive performances while there was no letting up from Nkosi Dunwoody on day four at the Aquatic Centre on Friday night.
?The 13-year-old St Prix recorded victories in the Boys’ 13-14 400-metre freestyle and the 200-metre butterfly, as his club Alpha Sharks also extended their good form in the meet, which winds up today.
His teammate Dunwoody continued his excellent showing as well, storming to victories in the Boys’ 11-12 400-metre freestyle, 200-metre butterfly and 50-metre breaststroke, to complete another successful night.
St Prix, who was superb at last year’s CARIFTA Championships in Jamaica, showed his true worth when he opened his account with victory in the 400-metre freestyle, clocking four minutes, 22.65 seconds.
He touched the wall ahead of Pirates Swim Club’s Luis-Sebastian Weekes, who was timed at 4:22.65 and Nicholas Hall, also of Pirates, who clocked 4:42.22.
There was no surprise in the 200-metre butterfly when St Prix dismissed his field to win in a time of two minutes, 25.25 seconds. Once again Weekes trailed in second in 2:28.51 while Kobi Talma of Pirates finished third in a time of 2:39.33.
Swimming in the 11-12 category at CARIFTA last year, St Prix had set a new record in the same event.
Dunwoody, meanwhile, kicked off his success in the 400-metre freestyle, carving his way to 5:07.74 to easily defeat St Lucian Ethan Dyke-Elliott, who was second in a time of 5:10.19. Terrell Monplaisir, also of St Lucia, finished third in 5:18.61.
He followed up in the 200-metre butterfly, edging out teammate Lamar Mayers in a close finish, clocking 3:03.00, while Mayers got home in 3:04.21.
Then, in a cracking 50-metre breaststroke sprint, Dunwoody got the better of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Shane Cadogan, touching the wall in 37.92 seconds, swimming out of lane five.
Cadogan was just behind in lane four, clocking 38.05 while Monplaisir was third in a time of 39.65.
The 50-metre breaststroke also served up a thrilling finish in the Boys’ 15-17 category as Grenadian Corey Ollivierre won a battle royal, touching the wall in an impressive time of 33.21 seconds.
Antiguan J’Air Smith was right behind him in 34.34 seconds while St Lucian Anthony Francois was third in 35.28.
Alpha’s Kayla Smith took honours in the Girls’ 9-10 age group, winning the 400-metre freestyle and the 50-metre breaststroke. (KP)