J'can artistic swimmers leave mark at CCCAN

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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Jamaica's artistic swimmers enjoyed some amount of success as they laid the platform for what is to come by the country's representatives at this year's Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships in Aruba.

The three-member Jamaican synchronised swimming team mined five medals –one silver and four bronze — in all events as they defied the odds and represented the country well in Solo and Duet events against tough competition.

Soloists Joydayne White claimed silver in the 12-and-under category, while Nyouka Baugh mined bronze in the 13-15 age group.

In the Duet Junior Technical category, Baugh teamed up with Ajoni Llewellyn and secured a bronze for Jamaica and later produced a second team podium finish in the Duet Junior Free with a bronze.

Baugh was also a bronze medallist in the 13-15 Figures category.

Coach Olga Novokschenova, who along with Manager Jacqueline Neil accompanied the swimmers to the championships, expressed mixed reaction about the team's performance.

“We should be very happy with the number of medals we got because, with only three swimmers entering the championship, we've got medals in five events.

“As a coach I am not happy with the swimmers' performance as they were prepared well and could perform better at the competition. I believe they are still suffering from stage fright due to lack of competition,” Novokschenova stated.

“But on the positive note, it is good to see that even with them not performing at their best, they are still good enough to place among the leaders,” she added.

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