Abaco Swim Club travelled to Nassau with 32 excited swimmers to participate in the 2014 RBC National Swimming Championships which took place between June 19 & 22. The team consisted of swimmers ranging in age from 6-14 years old.
Abaco Swim Club first participated in the National Swimming Championships in 2010 at which time they traveled with only 7 swimmers and placed 9th overall. Just four short years later, their team consists of 32 competitive swimmers and was successful in achieving 5th place out of 12 teams. “An achievement we are more than proud of!” exclaimed the coaches.
The team returned home with 12 gold medals, 23 silver medals and 24 bronze medals along with numerous 4th through 8th place ribbons.
“The Abaco Swim Club truly represents an Abaco swimming club as we have swimmers from the cays including Hope Town and Man-O-War Cay, along with swimmers that reside here on the mainland of Great Abaco.
“We are very proud of all of our swimmers! They all swam their very best and many of them achieving personal best times at this meet.” said Coach Sara Knowles.
The Team Consisted of:
8 & Under Girls: Addison Albury, Journey Higgs, Meredith Knowles and Erica Roberts
8 & Under Boys: Carter Albury, Noah Albury, Cooper Allen, Digges Allen, Maddox Pinder, Reagan Sands & Jeremiah Weatherford
9/10 Girls: Paxton Albury, Kiana Hicks, MacKennlee Ferguson, Ryan Knowles, Carys Pinder, Savannah Pritchard, & Emily Sims
9/10 Boys: Brayden Dam, Nicholas Hull, Caden Malone & Roman Pinder
11/12 Girls: Lily Albury, Taylor Albury, Taryn Carroll, MacKenzie Dam, Deanna McDonald, Jewel Pinder, Katie Sands
13/14 Girls: Camille Albury & Kate Sims
13/14 Boys Joshua Wong
Roman Pinder received the overall high point runner up trophy for the 9/10 Boys.
Abaco Swim Club is extremely proud of Joshua Wong who qualified for the Carifta Swimming Championships and was a part of the Bahamas National Team when they brought home gold for the first time this year in Aruba. He went on to represent the Bahamas in Barbados for CISC (Caribbean Island Swimming Championships) this past week, where he earned a Bronze with his teammates for the 400M Medley relay.
The Bahamas Swimming Federation also offers a special award to National qualifying swimmers who maintain a GPA of 3.5 and above.
“We are extremely proud that the majority of the ASC swimmers received this award! Great athletes and great students!” added one coach.
The ASC would like to Thank the coaches, parents, grandparents, friends and the all the communities of Abaco for their unwavering support of our club throughout the years.
They look forward to an even better Nationals next year.