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Black Sands swimming trio bags 19 medals at BSCNSC

Black Sands swimming trio bags 19 medals at BSCNSC
FROM LEFT: Abigail Deshong Aaron DeFreitas and Mya DeFreitas


Three swimmers from St. Vincent’s Black Sands Swim Squad travelled to Barbados on the December 5 to compete in the annual Barbados Short Course National Swimming Championships and proudly returned with a total of 19 medals on December 9.

Competing in the girls 11 to 12 years age group were youngsters Abigail Deshong and Mya DeFreitas. Deshong swam herself to two Bronze medals in the 50 metre breaststroke and the 50 metre butterfly, and ended the competition with a remarkable four personal best times.

Young Mya DeFreitas battled hard over the five-day competition and came home to St. Vincent laden with medals and new marks for the record books. Mya brought home a total of eight medals, (2 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze). During her medal winning flurry, Mya broke St. Vincent national records in the 100, 400 and 1500 metre freestyle, the 200 metre butterfly, and the 100, 200 and 400 metre individual medley within her 11 to 12 year age group. She also broke the senior national records in the 400 and 1500 metre freestyle and the 200 metre butterfly, meaning Mya is now the holder of 17 National swimming records.

Mya’s brother Aaron continued the family medal-winning run by bringing home a total of nine medals, (2 Gold, 6 Silver and 1 Bronze). To top off his success, Aaron achieved personal best times in six events.

Black Sands’ head coach Kyle Dougan said “these are fantastic, well deserved end of year results for the swimmers who have all worked extremely hard throughout 2018”.