Tornadoes coach impressed with young swimmers



Swimmers dive from the blocks during the 2022 Dean Martin Swimming Championships last weekend.

Next their dominating performance to take home the top prize at the 2022 Dean Martin Swimming Championships over the weekend, Tornadoes Swim Club head coach Wendy Lee said her coaching staff was particularly pleased with the performances of the young swimmers.

She noted that many junior swimmers have had to overcome the hurdle of limited training opportunities due to new restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic and are now “getting to work”.

“Coaches are very happy with the performances of our swimmers as we are already seeing our junior swimmers breaking personal bests and our senior swimmers swimming close to their best times.

“Coaches have mainly focused on basic training for this competition. The general physical condition that swimmers will need to have good finishes in their races, we saw in the races this weekend,” said said Lee at Jamaica Observer.

“This season we have a large cohort of 10 and under swimmers who are competing and performing at the highest level. And our current 10 and under swimmers are the best group of swimmers the club has seen in a long time,” said added Lee. .

After three days of competition ended Sunday at the National Aquatics Center, the Tornadoes Swim Club won with 1,023 points ahead of the Y-Speedos Swim Club with 813 points. AquaMarine Ripples came third with 566.5 points, Kaizen Swim Club came fourth with 193, Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club came fifth with 181 points, Blue Marlin Swim Club came sixth with 131 points, Viking Swim Club came seventh with 105 points. , Salt Fish Academy came in eighth with 52 points, Blue Seals Swim Club came in ninth with 17.5 points, Marlins Swim Club came in 10th with nine points, and Royals Swim Club came in 11th with three points.

Nathaniel Thomas of the Tornadoes lowered his boys 17-18 100m backstroke record from 1:02.09 to an impressive 59.86.

Aliyah Heaven, Ireland Hunter and Khiara Romes took the Tornadoes Club’s top three spots respectively in the 15-16 Women’s 200m Freestyle.

In the boys 13+ 200m medley relay, the team of Rim Gayle, Kabiki Thomas, Nathaniel Thomas and Zachary Jackson-Blaine took first place with a new record time of 1:55.02, wiping the mark of 1:55.2 established by the Y-Speedos club.

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