#TurksandCaicos, February 11, 2021 – Smashing records and raising the expectation of competitive swimmers from the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Marlins of TCI Swim Aquatics are making waves in Nassau, Bahamas.
Four male and two female junior swimmers have seen improvements for two consecutive weekends in swim meets at the Betty Kelly–Kenny National Swim Complex.
Lenin Hamilton, 11 and Jayden Davis, 11 have both recorded personal bests and if ever there is held a CARIFTA Swim Games in 2021, the duo would be in competition in several events, representing the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Jayden Davis, during the Sea Waves Swim Meet on Saturday February 6 recorded a personal best and a new qualifying time in the 5m fly (34.45). In the 100m freestyle, Davis placed first in a time of 1:12.98.
Lenin Hamilton Jr excelled in a marathon of races including the 50m backstroke, where he placed first and earned a new time; the 50m fly where he came in third in a time of 35.24, which is a qualifying time for CARIFTA; he stretched his way to first place in the 100m backstroke, also a CARIFTA qualifier at 1:27.03 and another personal best at 31.23 in the 50m freestyle; he was first place again.
Still working to get those qualifying CARIFTA times are older boys, Tajhari Williams and Mateo Gardiner. On the way to this goal, both boys are completing races in top spots.
Williams, 13-years-old, registered for two events; he was first in the 50m backstroke with a time of 33.81 and in his 50m freestyle event, Tajhari was second in a time of 29.02.
Gardiner had three events at the Saturday challenge. In the 50m breast stroke, he placed second ; in the 50m fly, Mateo earned another 2nd place finish and in the 50m freestyle, the 13-year-old was third place.
Sisters Leniah and Lenika Hamilton sped their way to several top finishes.
Leniah, 7-years-old completed the 50m breast stroke in second place and the 50m freestyle in 1st place in a time of 49.06. Lenika, 9-years-old had a couple of first places in the 50m breast stroke and the 50m fly. In the 50m free Lenika was fourth and in the 50m breast, she was sixth in the pool.