Swimmers ready for Walter Lowi meet today

Saturday, November 16, 2019

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The 2019 staging of the Walter Lowi swim meet is set to take place at the National Aquatic Centre today. The meet is named in honour of Walter Lowi, a veteran swim coach in Jamaica, who made a great impact on age-group swimming.

Future Olympic prospects will participate in age-group competition in search of Carifta cuts for national duty. This year's staging will also see swimmers vying for Quad-A (AAAA) times in a quest to receive a call-up for next year's second UANA Swimming Cup, to be held at The Videna Aquatic Complex, in Lima, Peru.

The in-form Nathaniel Thomas and Zaneta Alvaranga will move up to the 15-17 age group category, where AAAA times are a little more difficult to obtain with the age group being a tough group. However, based on the qualifying period which started on June 1st, Thomas and Alvaranga have already secured AAAA times at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in August.

In the lower age groups a number of standouts will seek to entertain while securing Carifta times. The movement up in age group come January will see new leaders in the rankings based on the big difference in AAAA standard from age group to age group.

The Walter Lowi meet, which in more recent times was known in the clubs as the distance meet, encourages swimmers to go longer distances and allows swimmers to swim in groups based on their actual birthday on the morning of the meet. This was changed recently, making the event a sprint shootout for all in the shorter version of all four competitive strokes.

A total of 2,293 points were shared among some 14 swim clubs with Y-Speedos Swim club reigning supreme with 710 points, followed by Tornados Swim Club with 557, Marlins Swim Club (208), Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club (171) and Aqua marine Ripples (168).

Some 33 meet records were broken at last year's staging.

Swimmers who have already secured AAAA swims or UANA times since June 1st are:

Females
Zaneta Alvaranga – 50m & 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m & 100m Butterfly
Emily MacDonald – 50m & 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly
Christanya Shirley – 50m Freestyle
Kokolo Foster – 50m Breaststroke
Saidah Brown - 50m Butterfly
Gabrianna Banks – 50m Freestyle

Males
Brady McPherson Lewison – 50m Freestyle, 50m, 100m & 200m Backstroke, 50m & 100m Butterfly
Nathaniel Thomas – 50m Freestyle
Kyle Sinclair – 50m Freestyle


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