CIC, St. George's new BLINK bmobile Swim Champs

Port of Spain, Trinidad - St. Mary's College took top honours in school swimming, winning the boys title at the BLINK bmobile Annual National Secondary Schools' Swim Meet on Sunday at the Centre of Excellence Macoya. In what can be described as one of the keenest school sport rivalries in history, St. Mary's College kept Fatima College on the starting blocks, preventing them from winning their fifth straight boys title. The Saints who were understandably jubilant from this victory, defeated the Mucurapo boys 338 - 310 points. CIC also won special BLINK bmobile titles of Best North School, Best Competitive Team and Best Non-Competitive Team. 2010 Goodwill National Swimmer, CIC's James Gillette, emerged the most outstanding competitive male and contributed 33 points to the CIC tally. The Saints took home another individual title as Kyle Caraciolo was the most outstanding non-competitive male with 32 points. Fatima tried with all their might to win via their powerful relay teams who won four relays to CIC's two. This was not enough to overpower the Saints' individual performances as CIC went home with 35 medals to Fatima's 24. Multiple record holder Joshua Romany was the lead point taker for the Fatima boys with 32. With all their accolades, CIC went home with the lionshare of the $30,000 in BLINK bmobile grant money available to schools, walking away with $7,500 in prizes for the development of swimming in their school. Presentation College San Fernando placed third among the boys. St. George's College moved up from their fourth place ranking to dethrone perennial champions St. Augustine Senior Secondary to become the 2011 BLINK bmobile Co-educational Champions. They also won the Most Improved School title for their magnificent performance. The Barataria outfit was led by a superb performance by Jewel Mulrain, who was the most outstanding competitive female, being the only swimmer in the meet to acquire the maximum 36 points. Mulrain, the 2011 CARIFTA qualifier, together with 2010 CARIFTA athlete Simone Maundy combined to win 54 of the team's 99 points. The Green Machine defeat may have hurt just a tad more as they were only two points behind St. George's. On the bright side, the runners-up had the most outstanding non-competitive swimmer in Johnnya Ferdinand, who accumulated 33 points for her team. Miracle Ministries Pentecostal won third place in the co-ed category, and also won the Best Central School title. St. Joseph's Convent Port of Spain was the only team to hold on to their title winning again the BLINK bmobile girls title. The team was led by Tiana and Zyra Joseph who


each accumulated 16 points for their team. The multiple title holders were also the most outstanding female competitive team. Holy Name Convent placed second overall with 186 points, 35.5 points behind SJC POS. Amber Commissiong was the top scorer for Holy Name with 27. Holy Name was adjudged the Best Female Non-Competitive Team. SJC San Fernando took third place with 174 points, and won the Best South School title. SJC St. Joseph was fourth and were the Best East School. Hillview's Jeron O'Brien and Jonathan Ramkissoon, CIC's Jonathan Cabral, Fatima's Dylan Carter and Joshua Romany, and SJC San Fernando's Chadae Thompson, all attained qualifying times for Easter weekend's CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Barbados at the meet. O'Brien was the closest to achieving a national record winning the 13-14 male 50m breaststroke in 31.22 seconds, just outside the Ryan Rigues held mark of 31.16. The 2011 BLINK bmobile National Secondary Schools' Meet marked the sixth consecutive year TSTT has sponsored the meet. The event is hosted by Tidal Wave Aquatics of Trinidad and Tobago, under the auspices of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT). Next on the competitive swimming calendar is ASATT's Annual Short Course Pentathlon Swim Meet on Sunday March 13th at the St. Michael's Pool, Carib Street, San Fernando. "We are very pleased to continue supporting this event. It was another successful year of competition. Congratulations to this year's champions," stated Trudy de Verteuil, TSTT's Manager of Corporate and Community Affairs.