Persaud and Seaton continue to tumble records as Guyana shows improvement at Goodwill
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Action at this year’s Goodwill Swim Meet
Action at this year’s Goodwill Swim Meet

GUYANA’s Aleka Persaud and Leon Seaton continued to revamp records at the Goodwill Swim Meet, leading the country’s markedly improved showing at the meet, where the home side had more than doubled last year’s medals tally, after amassing 32 confirmed medals by Saturday’s end, when the competition continued at the National Aquatic Centre in Liliendaal.

Guyana’s progress was also reflected on the points table, which is seeing a surprising upset as Bahamas hijacked several of the 8 and under and 9 – 10 age group wins, to edge into third place, displacing longstanding third place finishers, Barbados.
Though the final points tally was still unavailable up to late last night, by Saturday’s end Guyana had already put together 527 points, standing with a strong fourth.
Barbados was looking at a fifth place standing, with 261 points, while Bahamas had gathered 577.5 points for a strong third.
In the top two positions, long-time adversaries Suriname and Trinidad continued their battle for supremacy, with Suriname etching a slight lead over the defending champions. By the end of the 84 events, Suriname had out together 830 points, just 15.5 points in front of Trinidad.

Leon Seaton

After setting the boys 11 – 12 freestyle 100m record at 58.19 seconds for his first gold medal on Friday when the competition started, Seaton refurbished the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly records of the age category on Saturday.
Seaton, who had also taken gold on Friday in the 100m backstroke (1:10.49s), opened his Saturday session with another gold in the 200m IM (2:33.95s), and followed up with another in the 50m freestyle.
In the 50m freestyle he would eclipse the 26.62 seconds record that Jonathan Constantine set some two years ago, clocking 26.18 seconds.
A bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke (1:23.54s) would follow before he dived in for another record in the 50m butterfly with a time of 29.20 seconds, again shaving milliseconds off the seven year old 29.75 seconds record that was held by Zuhayr Pigot.
Also in the boys 11 – 12 category, Guyana’s Raekwon Noel also made it to the podium, after he took bronze in the 200m IM with a time of (2:38.11s).
In the boys 9 – 10 category, Paul Mahaica had a time of 2 minutes and 50.34 seconds in this event, which landed him a bronze medal.
Over in the girls 9 – 10 category, Persaud set the 50m butterfly record at 31.41 seconds, as she picked up her fifth gold medal of the meet, adding to the two silver that she also won on Friday.
On Friday Persaud ended with a gold from her performance in the 100m freestyle (1:05.78s), and two silver in the 50m breaststroke (39.06s) and 100m backstroke (1:21.04s).
She came back even more fired up on Saturday, winning gold in the 200m IM (2:46.61s), 50m freestyle (29.29s), and 100m breaststroke (1:25.65s).
In the 100m backstroke, Patrice Mahaica took a bronze for Guyana (1:22.75s).
Other medals earned over the weekend included a gold, silver and a bronze from Jadyn George, two bronze from Nikita Fiedtkou, and two bronze from Phillip DeNobrega in the boys 15 – 17 50 m butterfly (27.53s) and the 50m breaststroke (31.78s)

 

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