Wednesday, March 13, 2019
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Swimming Federation has completed two thirds of its national team that will represent the country at the XXXIV CARIFTA Swim Championships.
Over the weekend, the BSF selected its swim team and on Tuesday, they released the names of the water polo team that will be a part of the contingent going to Bridgetown, Barbados.
The swim and water polo teams will be joined by the ocean water swim team that will be selected following the final swim meet to be held this weekend at the Betty Kelly Kenning swim complex.
The CARIFTA Swim Championships, featuring the three aspects of the sport, is scheduled for April 20-23. The Bahamas is poised to repeat as champions.
The team will be coached once again by Lotty Borbely, who has transformed the national programme into one of the most vibrant in the region.
Named to the team are the following players:
Under-19 male - Adonis Sasso, Loron Bain, Johnathon Demeritte, Adrian Burrows, Thor Sasso, Kurdero Major, Kurdaz Major, Damian Gomez, Jahkai Gray and Gabriel Sastre.
Under-16 male - Alexander Turnquest, Nicholas Wallace-Whitfield, Mataeo Ferguson, Aidan Johnson, Jelani Grant, Gabriel Encinar, Thomas Illing, Oliver Roberts, Jayden Fernander, Skyler Dean, Akeil Smith and Dominic Beneby.
Under-14 co-ed - Dominic Demeritte, Logan Carey, Kaitlyn Williams, Justin Miller, Dereo Maycock, Christian Deveaux, Ashley Darville, Seth Roberts, Wesley Ingraham, Matthew Thompson, Joshua Gibson, Remington Minnis and Tonny Simon.
The Bahamas is the defending water polo champions as well.
Some members of the national team were a part of the Bahamas Mantas water polo club that returned home with the gold and the tournament title in the South Florida Under-12 Winter Cup at the Pompano Beach swimming pool in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in January.
The Mantas defeated South Florida Water Polo Club 16-10 in Sunday’s final. Matthew Thompson, Alex Miller, Mataeo Munnings, TJ Simon and Victor Laslop were all goal scorers.