BVI Swimmers Grab 24 Medals At St. Croix Races

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By BVI Platinum

The five-member BVI swimming team made the Territory proud with an impressive medal haul of twenty four medals at the 34th Dolphin Invitational Swimming Championships over the weekend in St. Croix.

The team, consisting of Five Makos/BVI Swim Federation swimmers, won 9 Gold, 12 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.

Top swimmer for team BVI was eight year-old Khadija Sampson, who won six gold medals in all of her individual events, and won the high point award for her age group with a perfect score of 120 points. She was also member of 12 and under relay teams that won of the gold and silver for team BVI.

Competing for team BVI were Keyon Sampson, Khadija, Kassia Nichols, Kurt Salapare and Arrianna Angus.

Coach Elsworth Phillip said he was happy with the way the swimmers performed at the two-day event, held annually in St. Croix.
He said this was the first time that the swimmers competed in a long course pool (50 meters) and they had great swims and established many personal best in their individual and relay events.

“I would like to thank the management of Prospect Reef for allowing our team to have a place to train; all that these kids achieve wouldn’t be possible without them providing a place for the kids to train,” Phillip said.

Four islands were represented at the meet – St. Croix Dolphins, St. Eustatius Super Splash Swim Team, St. Maarten Stingrays and the British Virgin Islands Makos Swim Club.

Other notable swimmers were Keon Sampson who won 2nd place high point honors in the 13 to 14 boys age group.